Goldberg’s Bagels’ new owner quiet about plans for eatery

Goldberg’s New York Bagels has a new owner, but so far he’s quiet on any plans for the kosher eatery. Eun Nam (who goes by the name Vincent) took ownership in May, acquiring the company’s three locations in Rockville, Silver Spring and Potomac from Daniel Keleman, according to a trade name approval sheet filed with… Read More

Adas Israel names Holtzblatt, Alexander co-rabbis

Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander, who were given joint responsibility for primary rabbinic duties at Washington’s Adas Israel Congregation after Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf announced he was stepping down in April, have been named co-head rabbis of the Conservative synagogue. Holtzblatt, 40, started at Adas in 2011, Alexander, 42, in 2015. “A partnership between… Read More

Asa Fradkin working to build youthful voices

When he took over as cantor of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County in Bethesda, Asa Fradkin learned he wouldn’t have a designated parking spot. And that’s fine with him. None of the Conservative congregation’s leadership gets a spot. Fradkin, 36, says that’s emblematic of Beth El’s egalitarian, collaborative attitude. “I can’t think of a… Read More

Jewish humor in serious times

Toward the end of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s talk on Jewish humor Sunday, the best-selling author told a joke about the Jewish outlook on the world: “One day, a man says, ‘You know what? I’m an optimist.’ Another says, ‘If you’re an optimist, why are you so worried?’ He says, ‘You think it’s easy being an… Read More

A Southern Jewish Rosh Hashanah

My husband has an interesting background. His father grew up in Brookline, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood on the western edge of Boston. His mother was a Southern belle, the toast of the town in Little Rock, Ark. They met when Dad moved to Little Rock for a job, and they fell in love. But they… Read More

U-Md. professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance. Landa didn’t know that her mentor, John O’Flahavan, would then stop taking her calls. Or that O’Flahavan would soon dismiss her from teaching the… Read More

GLOE marks a decade of progress

A decade ago, Shane Cusumano was an openly gay Jew, but he had no social outlet that combined those two identities. That changed when he moved to Washington and joined a new organization, GLOE — The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement. “I have a space that has been carved out specifically for my… Read More

Family, faith, education focus a young photographer

ANNAPOLIS — If Annapolis resident Sophie Macaluso has a big challenge, it’s choosing from among so many activities where to focus. And focusing her camera — the Canon she works with — was the biggest draw over this past summer break. In late summer, Sophie, 16, could be found photographing Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy for… Read More

Area Orthodox leaders object to OU maharat ruling

Four area leaders of Orthodox organizations are among 28 signatories of a letter objecting to the Orthodox Union’s position barring women clergy at its 400 member congregations. “Historically the Orthodox Union has been a big tent organization that embraced and served all forms of Orthodox Judaism,” the Sept. 12 letter — addressed to OU Executive Vice… Read More

Glass gets ready for another run for Montgomery County Council

The day after Evan Glass lost the Democratic primary in 2014 for a Montgomery County Council seat, friends were encouraging him to run again. But it was too soon. “I could not entertain the idea at that point in time,” said Glass, who lost to Tom Hucker in the District 5 race by some 200… Read More

Bolton delivers strong warning on 9/11 anniversary

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by warning of an impending nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea. “North Korea and Iran don’t pose a military danger to the United States. Their principal threat is to kill innocent American civilians,” he told an audience from the… Read More

Anti-Semitic fliers found in Chevy Chase

Anti-Semitic fliers were discovered in a Chevy Chase neighborhood last week, prompting concern from residents, the Anti-Defamation League and town officials. Montgomery County Police were notified on Sept. 5 at 12:31 p.m. that fliers had been found on Blackthorn Court and contained messages such as “Govt Jews Murder 20 Million,” “Israel the Problem” and “The… Read More