Trump honors Holocaust in Washington

In a somber,  conventional 15-minute speech, President Donald Trump commemorated the Holocaust Tuesday in Washington by praising the survivors of the genocide of 6 million Jews and pledging to stand against anti-Semitism. Speaking in the Capitol Rotunda, Trump headlined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance ceremony. “Despite your great pain you… Read More

Chef Michael Solomonov goes ‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’ in new film

“I thought it was just going to be about falafel and hummus.” That was the perception of Israeli cuisine that filmmaker Roger Sherman had when he reluctantly decided to accompany his friend, the acclaimed Jewish cookbook writer Joan Nathan, on a food tour of Israel in 2010. But the reality exceeded his expectations. “I was… Read More

Reform movement gears up for fight on immigration

In the face of fears that the administration of President Donald Trump will launch a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants, the Reform movement, including local congregations, is gearing up for a fight. Last month, the Union for Reform Judaism issued a resolution urging its congregations to consider providing physical sanctuary to undocumented immigrants facing deportation… Read More

Survivors benefit from local eyeglass program

When Yom Hashoah commemorations take place next week, the image in many people’s minds of Holocaust survivors may not reflect the lives of survivors living in the Washington area. Of the 430 survivors receiving aid from Jewish Social Service Agency, a local nonprofit that receives money from the German government and other sources to care… Read More

Hearings on AIPAC violence delayed until May

The hearings in D.C. Superior Court for two men accused of assaulting Palestinian-American professor Kamal Nayfeh outside the AIPAC conference in Washington last month have been pushed back to May 15 at the request of both men’s attorneys. Last month, Yosef Steynovitz, 32, was charged with assault with significant bodily injury, a felony. Rami Lubranicki,… Read More

Annandale man arrested, appears connected to ‘Aryan Underground’ Twitter

The 20-year-old Annandale man who was arrested and charged for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and a nearby church appears to be connected with a Twitter account called “Aryan Underground.” The account posted photos of the anti-Semitic flyers that Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Community College Police say Dylan… Read More

Kinky Friedman ‘on the road again’ with Washington stop

Kinky Friedman has been resurrected. The self-styled Texas Jewboy, who ran for governor of Texas in 2006 and who is famous for such songs as “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and “Ride ’em Jewboy,” is back on tour with the first batch of new songs he has written in 40 years. The Resurrected… Read More

New Bowie center will house Holocaust museum’s collection

Outside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new Bowie facility on Monday, a crowd of hundreds was hushed as one by one visitors stood to recite names of their family members who died in the Holocaust. “Hinda Holseker. Avram Holseker,” said Allan Holt, vice chair of museum. These are the names of the grandparents he never… Read More

Billy Crystal takes his charm on the road

Billy Crystal is back on the road. The six-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, director and writer — most recently of a book of essays, “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys” —  is touring the country with his new show, “Spend the Night with Billy… Read More

Hate, anti-Semitism up in Montgomery County

Although Jews are roughly 3 percent of Montgomery County’s population, 84 percent of incidents “motivated by bias toward religion” were classified as “anti-Jewish,” according to Montgomery County Police Department’s annual bias report. In total, 94 bias-related incidents occurred in the county in 2016, a 42 percent rise from 2015. Thirty-two of those incidents were considered… Read More

NoVa gathers as community after vandalism

At the end of a week when an Annandale church and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia were spray-painted with swastikas and anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim slogans, 250 people gathered at Little River United Church of Christ — site of the vandalism  — to affirm their sense of community. “Tonight, we come together not as… Read More

Fracking ban is main success in Md. session

BALTIMORE — The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved… Read More

Reconstructionist rabbis unanimously approve transgender rights policy

There are several reasons why the rights of transgender individuals is a Jewish issue, according to Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda. The first reason is simple. “Because there are transgender Jews,” he said. His colleagues agree. Last month the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, to which Dobb belongs, unanimously approved a… Read More

Cordish rides his Trump ties to the White House

This is the fourth article in an occasional series about Jews who work in the Trump administration. If Donald Trump had not sued Reed Cordish’s father, the younger Cordish might not be working in the White House today. Cordish, 42, is helping Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, put together the Office of American Innovation, which aims… Read More