Group seeks $40 billion for Jewish day schools

PHILADELPHIA —The Endowment Fund for School Choice announced that it wants to raise $40 billion for Jewish day schools — yes, the “b” in front of  “illion” is accurate. The East Windsor, N.J.-based organization came about from concerned parents struggling with the financial instability of sending their children to Jewish day schools. “We’re all parents… Read More

he famously agitated Jewish comedian Lewis Black is returning to Broadway.
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Anger becomes comedian Lewis Black He’ll be playing Broadway on Mondays

  Remember Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out?” It was about an 11-year-old girl, Riley, and the five primary emotions raging inside her: Joy and Sadness, Fear and Disgust. And Lewis Black. Sorry. We meant there was Anger. It’s an easy mistake to make. From railing against AT&T (“It’s a [phone] carrier in the same way… Read More

Police arrest man, Anti-Semitic graffiti painted in DC

Police arrested a 60-year-old man in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti discovered in Northwest Washington. Generoso Anthony Capodilupo, 60, of no fixed address, was charged with multiple counts of defacing public and private property, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Earlier this month, vandals repeatedly painted the word “Jew” on the images of rats appearing on an… Read More

Beth Din of America added to civil suit in Freundel case

NEW YORK — The Beth Din of America has been added to the list of defendants in a $100 million class action suit against Rabbi Barry Freundel, the prominent Washington spiritual leader who was convicted of secretly videotaping women in his synagogue’s ritual bath, and several Jewish institutions. On Tuesday, the attorneys representing the plaintiffs… Read More


Closed doors for Israel aid package

A 10-year defense deal between the United States and Israel, reportedly nearing completion, is being negotiated behind closed doors, giving rise to speculation about its details. Reports say that the agreement, known as the memorandum of understanding, will be worth roughly $3.7 billion per year in military aid to Israel. The current memorandum of understanding,… Read More

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Esther Jungreis remembered for outreach work

Esther Jungreis, an icon of the Orthodox Jewish community in the United States and Israel, died Tuesday in New York at the age of 80. The author of four books on the subject of spirituality, Rebbetzin Jungreis, as she was known, was the founder of Hineni, a New York-based Jewish outreach organization. “I met her… Read More

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Bible museum, Yad Vashem vow to ‘tear down walls’ between religions

It’s wasn’t the kind of Washington crowd where you’d expect to see a kippah. Yet there was Shaya Ben Yehuda, director of the International Relations Department for Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, at a gathering composed almost entirely of evangelical Christians. Ben Yehuda had come to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel on Aug. 18 to… Read More

Welcoming families to a sensory-friendly movie night are, from left, Jessica Tischler, Jerry Hulick, Carey Alford and Michelle Jefferson.
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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ screens for special audience

Lights up, sound down. That’s how “Kung Fu Panda 3” was shown at the recent sensory-friendly movie night for special needs children at Fairfax’s Cinema Arts Theatre. The event marked the fourth year running that the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and Washington Group Special Care Planning joined together to present a movie in… Read More

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Supplies still needed after apartment fire

  Two weeks after a gas explosion set ablaze a Silver Spring apartment complex, killing seven people, local social service groups continue to seek donations for survivors, many of whom are immigrants who lost nearly everything inside the units they rented. Jewish congregations and organizations are among the faith groups that have been collecting supplies… Read More

D.C. clergy among those condemning Trump’s ‘hateful rhetoric’

Three Washington rabbis  were among 40 American Orthodox clergy co-signed a letter condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for what they called his “hateful rhetoric and intolerant policy proposals.” The letter  — whose signatories included Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the founding president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City — was published Friday… Read More

Grill the footlongs and pour the rosé

Folks keep asking me about wine pairings with grilled foods, like hot dogs. I’d never given it much thought, as I prefer beer with hot dogs. At least one of my more persistent oenophile correspondents has, however, persuaded me to give the matter greater consideration. According to the Washington-based National Hot Dog and Sausage Council,… Read More

Podcaster Robbie Gringras will bring XXXX to Washington listeners.
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Federation seeks to bring Israel to D.C.

When Jewish federations want to connect their members to Israel, they usually take Israel and bring what they consider important to the community. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has decided to flip that on its head with its Imagine Israel project. “We’re doing it differently. We’re starting with the interests of members of our… Read More