Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon in “Indignation.”
Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

The ‘Indignation’ of Philip Roth The film version of the master’s novel shows the rigid social mores of the 1950s

  “Indignation” depicts a working class Jewish student from Newark, N.J., who attends a small Ohio college where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection. In many ways, it is a classic coming-of-age story, which shows the rigid social mores of the 1950s clashing with the angst and rebelliousness of the bourgeoning youth culture…. Read More

A group of racially and ethnically diverse Jews meet at 6th and I Historic  Synagogue for a discussion on being a Jew of color. 
By Daniel Schere

Wearing the shoes of minority Jews

  Most Jews growing up the United States, while sometimes facing questions about their religion, do not think twice about their ethnicity. But for nonwhite Jews like the seven that met on July 21 at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue the ability to be racially ambiguous is a luxury. Last week’s meeting was Sixth and… Read More

Garry Marshall was so often mistaken for a Jew that the misconception was mentioned in a number of his obituaries.

He coulda been a Jew Garry Marshall wasn’t Jewish — except when he was

If there were a competition for the most Jewish-seeming non-Jew, the late Garry Marshall would have won. The director, writer and actor, who died Tuesday at age 81, was so often mistaken for a Jew that the misconception was mentioned in a number of his obituaries. A son of the Bronx, Marshall and his sister and… Read More

The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia will host events during the DNC gathering next week.

AIPAC shrinks convention presence

  A pro-Israel event in Philadelphia aimed to coincide with the Democratic National Convention next week was abruptly canceled by AIPAC, the organizer of what was to have been a luncheon at the National Museum of American Jewish History. A museum spokeswoman confirmed that AIPAC recently canceled the event. AIPAC’s credibility rests on its being… Read More

Democrats believe their platform is the pro-Israel one

  Barring unexpected surprises, it appears increasingly unlikely you’ll see any political infighting by the time the Democratic National Convention gets underway on July 25. For that you can thank, among others, Greg Rosenbaum, one of four vice chairs of the DNC Platform Committee. He spent hours helping to resolve disputes and developing lan-guage acceptable… Read More

“Israel’s Edge: Talpiot The IDF’s Most Elite Unit” by Jason Gewirtz. Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing, 2016. 230 pages, $18.

True stories of Israeli achievements — maybe

“Israel’s Edge: Talpiot The IDF’s Most Elite Unit” by Jason Gewirtz. Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing, 2016. 230 pages, $18. A long time ago, I was a reporter for an English-language, Tel Aviv-based news weekly called Newsview. One evening, Mabat L’Hadashoat, the Israeli nightly news program — there was only one Israeli TV channel back then —… Read More


Peter Beinart joins other U.S. Jews for civil rights-style protest in West Bank

HEBRON, West Bank — Dozens of American Jews spent Friday in the West Bank practicing nonviolent resistance against Israel’s presence here. On hand to help were some bold-faced names in the American Jewish community’s Israel debate, including Peter Beinart, a leading liberal U.S. Jewish thinker, and Amna Farooqi, the Muslim president of J Street U. The… Read More

A rendering of the facility at Third and F streets that will be the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum in 2019.
Photos courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.

Brighter days ahead for Jewish museum

Changes are on the horizon for the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum as it gets ready for a short journey one block south from its current location at Third and G streets to Third and F. The move, which has been in the works for several years, comes as a result of the $1.4… Read More


Moti’s Grill shuts down, reopening as Al Ha’esh

  Moti’s Grill, a kosher Mediterranean restaurant in Rockville, closed Monday for remodeling with plans to reopen as an Israeli barbecue named Al Ha’esh, which means “on the fire” in Hebrew. Gideon Sasson, owner of Moti’s Grill and Moti’s Market — the kosher food store will remain open while the eaterie is remodeled — said… Read More

Segulah 1

DIY congregations, minyanim are as varied as their creators

  A Shabbat service at Segulah Minyan is a mixture of sounds: voices in worship, children at play, pages turning in the hodgepodge of prayer books held by the members. Segulah, a lay-led prayer community, meets biweekly just steps away from the sanctuary of Tifereth Israel Congregation in the District of Columbia. Small, intimate and… Read More

Norman Rosenshein 
Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A

JWV fights changes in veteran hiring law

The veterans-preference hiring system that has helped former U.S. troops re-enter the workforce is in jeopardy, according to the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which sets out budget priorities for the Department of Defense, contains wording that would limit veterans to one-time use of the hiring preference,… Read More

Florida prisons ordered to offer kosher meals

Florida prisons must offer their inmates kosher meals, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The court based its ruling on parts of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person’s Act, which allows prisoners to worship freely and observe their religion. The court made its ruling on July 14, two… Read More


At GOP convention, Jewish delegates cite Israel and style in backing Trump

CLEVELAND — On the day Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican primaries, Marc Zell was ready to resign his position as vice president of Republicans Overseas, the party’s expatriate group. Zell, who lives in Israel, was put off by Trump’s inconsistent statements regarding the country. In particular, he felt insulted when Trump, at a Republican… Read More

Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12. 2016.  Photo by TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Where’s Donald? Comparing the Republican Jewish Coalition's praise for Pence and Trump

In anticipation of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announcing Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, the Republican Jewish Coalition on Friday tweeted the following statement of support of Pence from Executive Director Matt Brooks: “The Republican Jewish Coalition welcomes the announcement of Governor Pence and congratulates him as the Republican Party Vice… Read More