Preparing your home for the holidays — with little fuss or stress

The holidays are upon us — first Thanksgiving, then Chanukah. They’re times of festivity, food and sometimes an unusual amount of company. Children may be home for the holidays, and company may be arriving from out of town requiring accommodations. How do you prepare your home for the onslaught in between work, family responsibilities, volunteerism… Read More

Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and U.S. Jews

LOS ANGELES — Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night — between American Jews and the Israeli government. Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the North American Jewish federation movement, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. “Whether… Read More

New Jewish Dems group aims for shakeup in 2018

Fresh off of Democratic electoral victories in Virginia and New Jersey, a new group of Jewish Democrats announced its existence Wednesday, and vowed to strengthen ties between the party and Israel, oppose what it says is the Trump administration’s tolerance of neo-Nazis and galvanize the Jewish community to elect Democrats in 2018 and beyond. With… Read More

Loh meets area Jews about fired professor

In the wake of anti-Semitic incidents on campus and the fallout from the dismissal of College of Education professor Melissa Landa, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh recently met with members of the Jewish community to discuss mutual concerns. The meeting on Oct. 10 also touched on the boycott, sanctions and divestment movement against Israel,… Read More

Music festival promoting diversity

In its 19th year, the annual Washington Jewish Music Festival continues to promote diversity, according to festival Director Ilya Tovbis. The festival runs from Nov. 3 to 12, with 17 performances taking place at venues that include the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center,… Read More

Virginia Dems see election success as big step forward

A series of victories for Democrats in Virginia last week was cause for celebration among Jewish politicians in the commonwealth, as well as party members at the national level. In the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) defeated Republican challenger Ed Gillespie on Nov. 7, 54 percent to 45 percent — a margin of… Read More

Students fail in College Park election

University of Maryland students Alex Tobin and Zack Miller came up short last week in their quest to become the first undergraduate students elected to the College Park City Council. Tobin, a junior, finished in fourth place in the District 2 race. He received 81 votes. The winners were incumbents P.J. Brennan and Monroe Davis… Read More

Washington theater critic Joel Markowitz dies at 60

Joel Markowitz, a connoisseur of and tastemaker for the Washington region’s theater scene who founded and edited the DC Metro Theater Arts website, died on Nov. 7 in Bethesda. He was 60. His brother Bruce Markowitz, said the cause of death was ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The theater writer was diagnosed… Read More

Silver Spring’s Jewish history ‘long and complicated’

Sol and Mona Freishtat bought their first house in the Langley Park area of Prince George’s County in the 1960s. By then, Sol said, that area was already “on its way out” with the Jewish community. In 1977, the Freishtats followed the community — and white flight — leaving Prince George’s County for the Kemp… Read More

Groups see surge in activism since election

Rebecca Ennen clearly remembers the raw emotions of the day after Donald Trump’s election as president. Ennen, deputy director of the progressive nonprofit Jews United for Justice, was in the group’s Washington office. JUFJ had put the word out to its volunteers, donors, petition-signers and anyone else to come by if they were in need… Read More

U-Md. student government considers BDS resolution

A resolution that urges the university to divest from companies “profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine” will have its first reading today at a University of Maryland student government meeting. The non-binding resolution, one of a number introduced at American universities in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, was sponsored by student… Read More

Haley tells IAC “it’s a new day” at the UN

The United States ambassador to the United Nations told a Washington audience of Israeli-Americans Saturday night that she will not tolerate anti-Israel bias that has long existed in that international body. “As long as I am at my post, Israel will not be alone,” said ambassador Nikki Haley while speaking at the Israeli American Council’s… Read More