Ugandan Jew brings word of struggle to Fairfax

When Ezra Winston celebrates his bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon in April, guests will don kippot that were handmade by the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. The Winstons bought the kippot to help the Abayudaya community, which is facing dire times because of a drought in Uganda. That drought affects Ugandans in many… Read More

More survivors eligible for reparations in new agreement with Germany

Holocaust survivors from Iasi, Romania, for the first time are eligible for Holocaust reparations from the German government, following negotiations between Germany and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which handles German reparations. Healthcare funding for all survivors was increased by millions of dollars. Specifically, the 2018 in-home services budget will increase from… Read More

Baking with strawberries

While strawberries are the essence of summer, they are as fleeting as the season. Once you buy strawberries, you must consume them in a couple of days or they turn from crisp, plump ruby berries to soft, withered, watery specimens. But there are ways to prolong the lifespan of strawberries. Before buying them, examine the… Read More

What’s your favorite bedtime story?

Interviews and photographs by Dan Schere At PJ Library of Greater Washington’s Sweet Summer Series event at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt in North Bethesda.   Sara Brandriss and Sloane “Corduroy” by Don Freeman               Jackie Burman and Dina and Ariel “Something from Nothing” by Phoebe Gilman      … Read More

5 strong stands from the ZOA

The Zionist Organization of America doesn’t mince words, pull punches or suffer fools gladly. Here are five stands the group has taken in recent press releases.

Bernie Shleien wants to hook viewers on his paintings and sculptures

If a visitor to Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington pauses at any of Bernie Shleien’s artwork, he would say he met his goal. “It’s like fishing,” he says of his art. “You use different lures.” One lure is a painting of the golden dome of Tiferet Yisrael in Jerusalem, the synagogue and namesake of his… Read More

You Should Know … Rhea Kennedy

For this Gallaudet lecturer the Venn diagram between sustainable agriculture and Jewish tradition is basically a circle.

Athletes take home medals from Maccabiah in Israel

Teenage athletes from the Washington area brought home gold, silver and bronze medals in fencing, gymnastics, soccer and lacrosse from the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Ellie Cowen, 15, of Rockville, won gold with the female junior lacrosse team. “It was an incredible feeling to win gold,” she said in an email from Israel. “It… Read More

Jewish Community Services no longer in Howard County

Jewish Community Services (JCS), an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, is no longer functioning in Howard County, according to a letter by Jewish Federation of Howard County (JFHC) president Beth Millstein. The letter, sent out July 13, stated the JFHC board determined the expenditure of funds for services was not justified… Read More

Bernie comes stumping for Ben Jealous

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was not the one launching a campaign Wednesday morning at the Silver Spring Civic Center, but the former Democratic presidential nominee’s presence was enough to attract a roaring crowd of more than 500. Sanders came to Montgomery County to endorse former NAACP President Ben Jealous, one of six Democrats who… Read More

Springfield’s Adat Reyim undergoes ‘rejuvenation’

When members of Congregation Adat Reyim first gathered inside their sanctuary in the spring of 1990, the space was empty — no furniture, nothing on the walls, the only light coming in through some windows. But that was OK. Until then, the congregation worshipped in temporary quarters, so “before we did much else, we just… Read More

D.C. rabbis on Israeli Rabbinate blacklist

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf was confused at first when he saw his name in a Facebook post with a link to an article about 160 rabbis who had been blacklisted by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. “I was a little incredulous,” said Steinlauf, senior rabbinic adviser to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, and who in 2014 came out… Read More

Free-range mom enters Montgomery County Council race

Danielle Meitiv, the Silver Spring “free-range” mother and climate scientist who became widely known for a pair of run-ins with local authorities wants to be the next Montgomery County councilwoman. And it was those encounters with police and Child Protective Services two years ago that is motivating her to seek public office. Meitiv launched her… Read More