Orthodox Union 
Advocacy Leadership Conference
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Senators talk security to Orthodox audience

Democratic and Republican senators disagreed sharply about the recently concluded $38 billion U.S. military aid package for Israel as they spoke at a lunchtime gathering of Orthodox Jews who came to Washington last week to lobby Congress for more funds for security for the Jewish religious and education institutions. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) criticized the deal… Read More

Jacob Nagel, left, Israel’s acting national security adviser, signs a Memorandum of Understanding for $38 billion of U.S. defense assistance over 10 years with Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon, on Sept. 14.
Photo: Embassy of Israel

$38B aid package to Israel is generous, but on Obama’s terms

President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout eight fraught years: I have your back, but on my terms. The agreement signed last week in the State Department’s Treaty Room increases assistance for Israel… Read More

Republican Larry Hogan claimed victory in the governor's race early Wednesday. Photo by Lloyd Wolf. morning.

Hogan in Israel to talk trade

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) flew to Israel Monday for a weeklong mission to promote bilateral trade investment. About 35 people accompanied Hogan, including Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; University of Maryland Baltimore County President Jay Perman and several state officials and members of the private sector…. Read More

Photo by  Kveller via JTA

We need to stop overcooking for the holidays

As a young woman at Jewish holiday tables, I never felt comfortable with being the “woman in charge” of cooking. I associated that role with overcooking (too much food at the table) and pushing people to eat more food, even after they were full. Yet when I got older and started cooking for the Jewish… Read More

Sheet-pan apricot Dijon chicken with Brussels sprouts and potatoes. 
Photosvia JTA

Easiest. Rosh Hashanah dinner. Ever.

Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holidays cooking all summer so they would be “ready.” But not everyone… Read More

Abby Meyers chose Princeton after being recruited by several Division I schools.

Photo by Bradley Maule

Bethesda player surefooted at World Maccabiah Games tryout

It was obvious to anyone standing in the gym at Harriton High School in suburban Philadelphia on Sept. 10: No. 11 was one to watch. Sneakers squeaked sharply on the shiny floors as two groups of young basketball players ran drills and scrimmaged for parents, coaches and reporters. At 5-foot-11, No. 11 was taller than… Read More

Steven Van Grack argues on behalf of the Chabad Center as Rabbi Shlomo Beitsh looks on.
Photo by George Altshuler

Rockville commission asks for revised proposal for Chabad expansion

The Rockville City Planning Commission has again held off on making a decision about whether Rockville’s Chabad Israel Center will be allowed to expand its activities at its location in a residential neighborhood. Instead, the commission voted Wednesday night to request a simplified and revised weekly schedule of events from the Chabad Center, which is… Read More

Jeffrey Cohan, executive director of Jewish Veg, talks to Dave Saxe of Washington at the DC VegFest. 
Photo by George Altshuler

Jews take part in growth of local vegan scene

Eight years ago, DC VegFest began as a low-key event of a couple thousand people. What has become an annual event is now a much bigger draw. Organizers estimated that 20,000 people attended last weekend’s vegan festival in Washington’s Navy Yard neighborhood to sample vegan food and peruse the booths of 130 vendors and organizations…. Read More

Image showing Rabbi Nehama Benmosche’s car after it was vandalized Saturday night.  
Photo by Nehama Benmosche

Jewish symbols on rabbi’s car vandalized

A Washington-area rabbi’s car was vandalized last weekend, its religious and pro-LGBT symbols removed and damaged. When Rabbi Nehama Benmosche of Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism returned to her car at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, she saw that her car magnets with the slogan “Unorthodox Judaism” were scattered on the ground, her… Read More

Lunch in studio: Siegel, right, and Egbariah often enjoy a picnic lunch on the floor of their shared studio.
Photo courtesy of Shirley Siegel

Israelis bring art, diplomacy to Balkan state

Kotor, Montenegro, a town on the Adriatic coast, was the scene this month of an effort to strengthen relations between the Balkan state and Israel using art. In an act of cultural diplomacy, Israel’s foreign ministry teamed up with a Montenegro-based American Jewish businessman to exhibit the work of two Israeli artists — one a… Read More


Gluten-Free Jewish Momma is looking out for you

A crumb. That’s all it takes for Lisa Goldman’s daughter, Alexandra, or her husband, David, to start feeling some of the side effects that come with inadvertently eating products containing gluten — primarily flour or wheat — as both were diagnosed with celiac disease. That’s how careful she and others suffering from the disease, which… Read More

Carrot noodles made with a spiralizer add color and flavor to chicken soup.
Photo by David Marks

New twists on old traditions

All family Jewish holiday dishes have a story: recipes from your mother, grandmother or aunt. The tastes and flavors of our past are what brings us into the future. I always celebrate the traditional with a few out-of-the-box new recipes for the holidays. Today, you can find influences of Persian, Asian and Cuban foods on… Read More


Hogan in Israel: commonality with Maryland in cyber security and defense

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) visited iconic sites in Jerusalem including the Western Wall and  Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on day four of his weeklong trip to Israel. “It was just a very emotional experience to see the faces and to hear the voices of victims of the Holocaust, one of the darker chapters in… Read More

More than 300 Jewish women attended the annual Jewish Women's Renaissance Project Leadership Conference held last week in College Park. 

Photo by Daniel Schere

U.S. women share Israel connections

The best way to teach children about the complexities of Israel is to look at the big picture and explain that it lies in an unstable region of the world surrounded by conflict, an Israeli educator told a Washington audience Monday. “Israel is an excuse for me to teach critical-thinking skills,” said Zeev Ben-Shachar, director… Read More