Initiative gives legal aid to low-income people

Last year on a number of Wednesdays, Ariel Levinson-Waldman, an attorney in the Labor Department, walked from his downtown office to Small Claims Court. There, without charge, he represented a Salvadoran truck driver who was at risk of losing his driver’s license. Small claims, yes, but important to the truck driver who could have been… Read More

Jewish Defense League counter-protests turn violent outside AIPAC conference

Protestors wearing sweatshirts with the logo of the right-wing Jewish Defense League attacked members of two groups protesting peacefully outside the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday, leading to two arrests. As 15,000 people attended sessions inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the annual gathering of protesters including groups that want Israel to… Read More

Book group brings ‘Jewish lens’ to MoCo library

When participants in the Jewish Book Discussion Group sat down to talk about Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” in the basement of the Kensington Park Library last week, much of what followed sounded like any of the book groups in the Montgomery County library system. Marjorie Kenemuth of Rockville described the “rich world” Diamant created… Read More

The wise-heartedness of art

This week’s Torah portion is Vayakhel-Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38. What is the value of art? This week’s Torah portion implies that Israel is not only a nation of priests, but also a nation of artisans. Vayakhel- Pekudei seems to be a reiteration of the portions of Terumah and Tetzaveh, lovingly repeating the details of the construction… Read More

Israeli-American teen arrested for making JCC bomb threats

An 18-year old man with dual Israeli-American citizenship was arrested by Israeli authorities Thursday for making bomb threats against various Jewish institutions around the world, including JCCs in the United States, various media outlets reported. The Jerusalem Post reported that the person arrested was a resident of Ashkelon, Israel. While reports of the suspect’s exact age… Read More

Attendance, activism up at synagogues after election

Even from the outside, it has been obvious that something has changed at Temple Micah in Washington since the election. In late January, the congregation hung a large banner outside its building connecting President Donald Trump’s immigration ban to the history of Jews who were turned away from the United States before the Holocaust. Things… Read More