Jewish group supporting Rushern Baker

A group of about 20 Montgomery County Jewish communal and political leaders have thrown their support behind Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s gubernatorial race. The group, Montgomery County Jewish Leaders for Rushern Baker, has plans to expand into other counties in the state, said Ann Lewis, one of… Read More

Landa complaint dismissed by U-Md. officials

Melissa Landa, the former University of Maryland professor who contended that the School of Education discriminated against her when it failed to renew her contract, has had her Title IX complaint dismissed by the university’s Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct. Landa has appealed the decision, according to The Algemeiner. In a statement, the… Read More

VIDEO Apple Latkes for Chanukah

From our Friends at St. Louis Jewish Light. Apple latkes Ingredients: 3 large Granny Smith apples 2 eggs 1 lemon 1/2 c. all purpose flour 1/4 c. sugar 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. salt oil for frying (neutral flavored oil, such as canola or vegetable) powdered sugar,… Read More

Ins and outs of aging in place

Aging isn’t what it used to be. And innovations in senior living and care are coming in time for the elder boom. In 2050, the population aged 65 and older is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double its estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. One new concept… Read More

Scholar talks seedy underbelly of Jewish history

  The Jewish immigration story is often told as one of scrappy newcomers finding success in the new land through hard work and smarts. The Jews of the Old Country are remembered as pious folk who, depending on their foresight, either made it out alive or perished in the Holocaust. But that glosses over a… Read More

Jojo Greenberg, Whitman High School sophomore, dies

Remembered by friends and family as a vivacious and friendly young woman, Walt Whitman High School sophomore Jordana “Jojo” Greenberg, of Bethesda, died Nov. 27. She was 16 and had battled depression. According to a death notice The Washington Post, she had a strong sense of adventure and “whacky” sense of humor. She would wear… Read More

Building desserts sweet with symbolism

Just one look made it immediately clear what Keren Yairi was building with graham crackers held together by vanilla frosting — Jerusalem’s Western Wall. “I took this very seriously,” she said. Yairi was one of seven people at Moishe House Columbia Heights’ Dec. 7 event that was a spinoff of the Christmas custom of making… Read More

Beth Joshua Congregation takes new name, identity

Beth Joshua Congregation, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Rockville, is rebranding itself as Kehilat Pardes —The Rock Creek Synagogue. The 60-family congregation began using the new name during the High Holidays, said Rabbi Uri Topolosky. It will make a formal change after Jan. 1, when the bank accounts are switched and the synagogue sends an… Read More

Potomac 18 caterer now certified by Orthodox Union

Rockville-based Potomac 18 Caterers is now certified kosher under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. Potomac 18 CEO Yisroel Bacharach made the announcement Sunday in a message to a Jewish listserv in Silver Spring, three weeks after the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington, otherwise known as the Vaad, pulled its certification. Rabbi Moshe Elefant, chief… Read More

Trump J’lem stance draws mixed response

The day after President Donald Trump announced the United States had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Susan Zycherman was grocery shopping in Rockville. She and her husband had watched news reports about the announcement and then tried to figure out what it all meant. “My instinct was to say, ‘Yay,’” she said, “and… Read More

Jews and Muslims discuss collaboration, security and Trump in Northern Virginia

Anab Ali, a Somali-American Muslim, remembers the message she received on Nov. 9, 2016, loud and clear. She awoke to the news that Donald Trump was president-elect and then found her Hillary Clinton yard sign ripped up and stuffed inside her mailbox. A note was attached. “Ninety percent of Christians voted for Trump, thank God,”… Read More

Sex abuse allegations hit home for Conservative movement

Amid the current awakening about sexual misconduct in the workplace, the Conservative movement is much like everyone else — processing the almost daily revelations while also not immune to the reach of the #MeToo movement, as one of their own has been swept up in allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Last week, the United… Read More