Obituaries for March 23, 2017

Adam Krief, Jewish father of 3 whose bone marrow search inspired celebrities, dies Adam Krief, a Jewish cancer patient whose search for a bone marrow donor captured the attention of social media and celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Mayim Bialik and Jason Biggs, has died. Krief, a father of three from Los Angeles, died March 14,… Read More

Actor Eisenberg tops bill at Federation network event

Upbeat from an hour of wining and dining, the 400 people who packed the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Washington on March 16 were ready to be entertained when Jewfro-topped actor Jesse Eisenberg came strolling down the aisle. Attendees laughed or applauded every few minutes while Eisenberg was on stage being interviewed by Brian Abrahams… Read More

Imaginations at play There won’t be an airplane on Berman Academy’s new playground, but there was plenty of student input

Some 200 students, parents, teachers and others came to the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville on Sunday to build the school’s new playground, which the students helped plan. Installing the new monkey bars, rock-climbing wall and slides was the final step in a six-month course for students in second through fifth grade, who came up… Read More

The refugee crisis one individual at a time

In light of President Trump’s tweets and policies of treating refugees from Syria and Afghanistan as potential terrorists who should be kept a safe distance from the American people, my experience with refugees who suffered so much and took such risks to seek safety leads me to conclude that they and their families should be… Read More

America the loser with ‘America First’

In selling the new administration’s astonishingly thin budget proposal last week, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that it “represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters.” “He is following through on his promises,” Mulvaney went on. “We did not consult with special interests on how to write this… Read More

Kippah misuse and kippah abuse

The kippah, the head covering also known as a yarmulke, has become shorthand for Jewish. See a man with a skullcap and, unless he’s the pope, you’ll probably assume that he’s a Jew — and you’d probably be right. That shorthand has been used in two very different ways lately. Both have shown a disregard… Read More