Israel’s ambassador to the United States told a Bethesda audience this week that the greatest challenge his country faces is the potential for a nuclear-armed Iran. He called on the United States, the European Union and Germany to “fix” the 2015 agreement that limited that potential. Ron Dermer, speaking Tuesday at Congregation Beth El of… Read More
Leah Miller is a master of languages, and she can sing one to the tune of a popular camp song
Jewish-run preschools are responding to an increasingly competitive and diverse market.
Down syndrome trekkers touch the sky in ‘My Hero Brother’
Local women Reform rabbis share their stories of struggle and success through 45 years in the rabbinate.
They call themselves the Sailing Chavurah, and for 15 years they’ve found camaraderie on Maryland and Virginia waterways.
Falling leaves are not only a sign that autumn is here, but also a sign you need to prepare your home for cold weather. This includes making sure the exterior is in tip-top shape and that all vents and gutters are clean and functioning properly. Here are five things you can do now to winterize… Read More
For as long as anyone can remember, congregants at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac had been cutting through their neighbor’s yard to reach their own synagogue. It was indicative of their “wonderful” working relationship, as Rabbi Nissan Antine put it. St. James Episcopal Church forgave their trespasses, and in return, congregants from Beth Sholom donated… Read More
Hannah Frank heard about the BBYO youth group while at camp over the summer and when she returned home to the District of Columbia the 14-year-old was ready to join. But she couldn’t. “Me and my friends from camp thought it would be interesting to join a chapter, but we looked and there were none… Read More
The president of the University of Maryland-College Park is seeking to meet with Jewish community leaders amid a probe into whether a former professor in the School of Education was discriminated against for her pro-Israel activism when her contract wasn’t renewed in June. Former professor Melissa Landa said that based on the questions she was… Read More
Baby boomers are not content to retire the same way previous generations did. Just as they have since they began entering the world in 1946, they’ve got demands now — and senior housing and retirement communities are working to keep up. As of 2016, people aged 65 and older numbered nearly 50 million across the… Read More
She’s not only seen Europe, she’s couch surfed it
In the contest for Virginia governor, what issue do the candidates think Jewish audiences want to hear about most? Anti-Semitism. At Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax on Sunday, neither speaker wasted time in getting to the subject. “I am so proud of our current governor, Terry McAuliffe, and our attorney general, Mark Herring, and I… Read More
Just weeks after the start of the school year, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy has announced it has hired a new head of school for the fall of 2018. Rabbi Yossi Kastan, head of Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, Fla., was chosen because of his extensive background in Jewish education, according to David Sloan, president… Read More
The 10 writers sitting around the table in a conference room at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center make up a diverse crowd: Of the eight women and two men, a handful are Jewish, two are African American and their ages vary from early 30s to mid-60s. All have come here for one purpose —… Read More
If a Democrat unseats incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan in the November 2018 election, odds are that he or she will promise a $15 an hour minimum wage across Maryland. That was one point of agreement among five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination during a forum Monday night at the Silver Spring Civic Center. They also… Read More
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was honored Sunday for his “open warm and positive relations with the Jewish community,” according to Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, which invited the governor to the sukkah at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac. “The symbolism of him joining the Jewish community to… Read More
Sportswriter John Feinstein weighs in on taking a knee
Mollie Witow hasn’t lost her adventurous spirit. The 96-year-old decided to take to the sky in August to get a jump on her October birthday. Members of her family, including her daughter and grandchildren, accompanied her to Taylorsville for her first-ever hot-air balloon ride. Donning black pants and a gray sweater, Bubbie, as her grandchildren… Read More