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 Rreview

“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

My grandfather, Jerry Bauman, owned International liquors at 100 North Carolina Ave. SE in the District for 30 years. During that time Judge Abner Mikva was a frequent customer.

Milk and vermouth My grandpa remembers Abner Mikva

Abner Mikva died July 4 at the age of 90 after a distinguished political career that took him from Chicago to Congress before President Jimmy Carter nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where he served for 15 years. For my 86-year-old grandfather, Jerry Bauman, Mikva has an additional… Read More

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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

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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

Michael Oren

Israelis debate international peacemaking role

It wasn’t long before a small auditorium in downtown Washington erupted in debate as Member of Knesset Michael Oren, of the centrist Kulanu party, and MK Merav Michaeli, of the center-left Zionist Union, began butting heads over which issues affect how Israelis cast their ballots. “[Oren says] the thing that interests [Israelis] the least is… Read More


Survivors hear about German funding increase

  Area Holocaust survivors last week learned details about a negotiated budget increase with the German government that includes the largest one-time increase in homecare funding. Deb Kram, of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, which manages aid to survivors, said she had come to Kol Shalom in Rockville, “to explain what is… Read More