Steven Windmueller

Trump policies could mean boom or bust for nonprofits

Donald Trump’s presidency could lead either to an influx of resources or a dry spell for Jewish philanthropy in 2017, according to Steven Windmueller, an expert on Jewish giving.

In one scenario, significant tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations could free up money for large-scale charitable giving, especially in the short term.

The full page ad appeared in the Jan. 10 edition of the Express, a subway giveaway newspaper published by the Washington Post.
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D.C. rabbis issue Trump an ‘invitation’ in ad

The Washington-area rabbis whose full-page newspaper ad advised President-elect Donald Trump — though not by name — to examine his “campaign rhetoric and the hate crimes it may have unleashed” say they were not attacking Trump, but rather inviting him to change course. The ad in the Jan. 10 Express, a subway giveaway newspaper published… Read More


Wave of bomb threats against JCCs ‘unprecedented’

A wave of bomb threats Monday against Jewish community centers in the East and South — one of which forced the evacuation of the Bender JCC of Greater Washington — is being called unprecedented and has prompted a round of meetings between U.S. law enforcement and Jewish communities. “What is unprecedented is, in the shortest… Read More

Jewish film series turns 25 at Columbia Jewish Congregation

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will be calling “Action!” on another season of four engaging and thought-provoking films starting Jan. 14. The year 2017 marks the 25th Columbia Jewish Congregation’s Film Series. Each film, handpicked by the CJC’s selection committee, deals explicitly with the Jewish experience. The screenings take place once a month, with the final… Read More

Participating in a forum on anti-Semitic acts in Montgomery County are, Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, head of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger; Seth Gordon-Lipkin, of the Anti-Defamation League; Saida Hentati, Montgomery County Public Schools parent community coordinator and Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith.
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Montgomery parents take officials to task on hate crime responses

Montgomery County elected officials, school administrators and Jewish community leaders came under fire from parents on Wednesday for their response to anti-Semitic acts in the county. “What is being done to educate the students” about the effect hateful incidents have on others, parent Stephanie Murdock asked Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith, who was… Read More


Going to ground: Turkey beats beef

“Let’s give ground turkey a try,” I said to my husband. “It’s better for us than beef.” “But it’s so dry,” he replied. “You have to pour half a bottle of ketchup on a turkey burger just to make it moist.” I’d recently compared 4 ounces of raw ground beef to the same portion size… Read More


How will you spend Jan. 20?

Some 800,000 people are expected to fill the Mall on Jan. 20 for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on the Capitol steps. But inauguration weekend will also feature a number of events protesting Trump, including a women’s march the next day that is expected to be attended by at least 100,000 people from around the country…. Read More

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Hier will honor the presidency Editorial

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief. That’s what we read into the words of Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,… Read More

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A special treat for a special event

I was the only person in Miss Duckler’s kindergarten class without a sibling. I had wished so long for a sister. But I had also wished on a star for a Baby Alive doll, and that never came true. So when my Aunt Jeannie picked me up from school and shared the information about the… Read More


You Should Know… Adam Gorod

Last March, Adam Gorod co-founded Chesed and Hummus, a group that meets to discuss Judaism, veganism and vegetarianism. Gorod, 32, lives in Washington and works as a lawyer for the federal government. How did you decide to give up eating animal products? I grew up in South Carolina in Charleston, where the culinary scene is… Read More

Al Ha’esh owner Gideon Sasson hopes to hope his restaurant to the public on Jan. 15.
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Kosher grill Al Ha’esh opens in Rockville

A new kosher restaurant in Rockville plans to open its doors to the public on Sunday, bringing an Israeli-style grill to the community. Al Ha’esh is in the Randolph Hills Shopping Center, next to Moti’s Market, a kosher supermarket; both are owned by Gideon Sasson and Tracy Yitzhaky. Al Ha’esh unofficially opened its doors —… Read More