Vigil celebrates Muslim teen’s life more than her death

The hundreds of people who filled the main square at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston Wednesday night to remember Nabra Hassanen did so with flowers and heavy hearts, but also with the hope that others will lead a life with qualities similar to hers — kindness and unity. The 17 year old was killed Sunday… Read More

U.K. Jews feel left behind after election

Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society because of racism. And this time, the problem is hitting nearer to home, said Klaff, 69, a yoga teacher and Jewish… Read More

What are you doing for your summer vacation?

Interviews and photographs by Dan Schere Bernie Shleien, Silver Spring “I just came back from two weeks in Israel. It was wonderful. I went with the Road Scholars. There were a lot of Christian sites I had never been to, even though I had lived in Israel for some time. We went to one settlement… Read More

Cardin, Stabenow criticize Trump budget, weigh in on Russia investigation

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s submitted budget puts American national security at risk and proposed cuts would affect virtually every development assistance program in the United States In an interview at a lunch hosted by the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center in Washington, Cardin said cuts would include the Nonprofit Security… Read More

In D.C., critics double down on Palestinian Authority for Tillerson statement

A series of conflicting statements between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority have right-leaning Zionists gathered in Washington saying, “We have seen this before.” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that the P.A. had agreed to stop making  so-called martyrs payments to Palestinians held in Israeli prisons as… Read More

D.C. Jewish day school gets new name as it begins renovation, expansion

The District of Columbia’s single Jewish day school has a new name, and soon it will have a newly renovated building. The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital was renamed the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, according to a statement. The school marked the renaming on June 6 with… Read More

In sendoff, Rakitt lauded for pushing inclusion

The outgoing CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Steven Rakitt, was praised last week for putting the local Jewish community “on the path of inclusiveness.” Rakitt, 61, who is leaving the Federation after six years to become president of the Genesis Prize Foundation in August, lost his hearing at age 2. Speakers at… Read More

Can good barbecue be kosher? You be the judge

PHILADELPHIA — A Styrofoam box full of smoked brisket is being eyed by a line of people. To the uninitiated, it looks like a to-go box. But to the 26 participants of the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) certified judging class, it adds up to an abundance of questions, concerns and critiques. In typical Jewish… Read More

Love and whiplash with a mystical bent Review

“Bashert” by Herb Freed. Los Angeles: Bellrock Press, 2017. 325 pages. $14.95 As implied by its title, “Bashert” (soulmate) is a novel about love. But it comes with a distinctly mystical bent. Filmmakers Dan and Marion — the book’s protagonists — rush to the hospital to see the baby just born to their friends Steve… Read More

IDF paratroopers leave strong impressions here

It wasn’t easy for three Israeli septuagenarians to embark on a 16-day, seven-city tour of America. But a photograph taken 50 years ago transformed the former paratroopers into proud icons for the Six-Day War and Jerusalem’s reunification. The men in David Rubinger’s photo — Tzion Karasenti, Dr. Yitzhak Yifat and Chaim Oshri — flew halfway… Read More

Congressman Polis reflects on baseball shooting

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) had just finished his last baseball practice Wednesday morning at the Democratic practice facility at Gallaudet University in Washington in preparation for the next day’s annual congressional baseball game. Then he and his teammates received the shocking news that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, had been shot and… Read More

Pride Shabbat upbeat but tempered by Orlando shooting anniversary

When Al Munzer went to his first gay pride street event in Washington 36 years ago, he hung back at first. “I was actually looking from the sidewalk,” Munzer said. “I was afraid to participate. That’s before I came out. And since then it’s been part of my life.” Munzer and his husband, Joel Wind,… Read More

How to make delicious dishes from found food

A few years ago, my family rented a house in Jamaica, complete with a chef. One evening I saw him chopping parsley, including the spines and stems. “Jamaica is a poor country,” he said, sprinkling the spines, stems and leaves into a delicious marinade. I got the point. While Americans can afford to dispose of… Read More