Trump presidency: In the eyes of the beholders Liberal policy advocates get conflicting views of new administration

There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering on Sunday. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Bannon put it last week. At a session an hour later, Bannon was a man of the people who “has been friends with… Read More

Exhaustive volume traces Chabad Rebbe’s early years Review

“Early Years: The Formative Years of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson” by Boruch Oberlander and Elkanah Shmotkin. New York: Kehot Publication Society, 2017. 550 pages. $42. It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story… Read More

After much prodding, Trump condemns anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism on Tuesday, a day after bomb threats were made to 11 Jewish community centers across the country and a large-scale cemetery was vandalized in the St. Louis area. Under pressure to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of what has been called a rise in incidents since he was elected, Trump… Read More

JCC theater camps put kids center stage

Last summer, Isabelle Goodweather played the court jester in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the end-of-session production at the theater camp of the Edlavitch DCJCC in Washington. Isabelle, a fourth grader at Sheridan School in Washington, plans to be back at theater camp this summer. “It’s very fun,” she said. “You get to understand what people… Read More