Israel’s Dermer calls on nations to ‘fix’ Iran deal

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

5 ways to ensure your home’s exterior can weather the winter

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

Greenway creates path for interfaith collaboration

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

BBYO opens girls group in D.C.

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

Loh seeks meeting on Melissa Landa firing

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

Boomers want to retire in style

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

Response to hate focus of Va. forum

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

Berman Academy names new head

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

Maryland Democrats prepare to take on Hogan

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

Hogan honored at sukkah gathering

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

Bubbie takes to the skies When Mollie Witow said she wanted to celebrate her 97th birthday in a balloon, she wasn’t full of hot air

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