Initiative gives legal aid to low-income people

Last year on a number of Wednesdays, Ariel Levinson-Waldman, an attorney in the Labor Department, walked from his downtown office to Small Claims Court. There, without charge, he represented a Salvadoran truck driver who was at risk of losing his driver’s license. Small claims, yes, but important to the truck driver who could have been… Read More

Jewish Defense League counter-protests turn violent outside AIPAC conference

Protestors wearing sweatshirts with the logo of the right-wing Jewish Defense League attacked members of two groups protesting peacefully outside the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday, leading to two arrests. As 15,000 people attended sessions inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the annual gathering of protesters including groups that want Israel to… Read More

JCC bomb threat suspect, named Michael Kaydar, reportedly used Bitcoin, Google Voice

The Israeli-American teenager suspected of perpetrating more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish institutions used technologies including Google Voice, a call forwarding service, and Bitcoin, a digital currency, to make the threats. According to an article in The Daily Beast, the 19-year-old suspect’s name is Michael Kaydar. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested Kaydar at his home in southern… Read More

Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism

  NEW YORK — Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen — an Israeli, no less — was behind most of the approximately 150… Read More

Israeli-American teen arrested for making JCC bomb threats

An 18-year old man with dual Israeli-American citizenship was arrested by Israeli authorities Thursday for making bomb threats against various Jewish institutions around the world, including JCCs in the United States, various media outlets reported. The Jerusalem Post reported that the person arrested was a resident of Ashkelon, Israel. While reports of the suspect’s exact age… Read More

The marrying kind in Jewish Maryland

BALTIMORE — From arranged marriages to same-sex marriages, the Jewish wedding has evolved, but with many of its traditions intact. It’s that evolution that is at the center of an upcoming Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit — and its curator wants the help of the community. Along with the exhibit, “Just Married! Wedding Stories from… Read More

Which wine goes with Passover? Passover

Picking wines to serve at your seder can be a little less straightforward than it might seem at first. For one thing, wine is de rigueur. So except for those dining alone or who otherwise require grape juice to fulfill their holiday obligations, an awful lot of wine will likely be opened. There are also… Read More

When politics gets in the way of giving

NEW YORK — Lisa Greer didn’t think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel’s West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had given millions to progressive Jewish and Israel causes, and she sits on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. So… Read More

Enduring love and war with a stiff upper lip Book Review

“Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War” by Ian Buruma. New York: Penguin Books, 2017. 292 pages. $17. We Jews living in Western democracies have bonds that often extend beyond the borders of our home countries. Sure, we appreciate, even love, the land of our birth or adoption. But our hearts also are… Read More

Book group brings ‘Jewish lens’ to MoCo library

When participants in the Jewish Book Discussion Group sat down to talk about Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” in the basement of the Kensington Park Library last week, much of what followed sounded like any of the book groups in the Montgomery County library system. Marjorie Kenemuth of Rockville described the “rich world” Diamant created… Read More

Responding to hate

Members of the Virginia Tech and surrounding Blacksburg, Va., communities demonstrate in support of VT Chabad on Monday. More than 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas on them were found dropped on the front yard of the Jewish student center on March 18.

Actor Eisenberg tops bill at Federation network event

Upbeat from an hour of wining and dining, the 400 people who packed the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Washington on March 16 were ready to be entertained when Jewfro-topped actor Jesse Eisenberg came strolling down the aisle. Attendees laughed or applauded every few minutes while Eisenberg was on stage being interviewed by Brian Abrahams… Read More