Trump backers launch West Bank campaign

KARNEI SHOMRON, West Bank — Republican backers of Donald Trump opened a campaign office here Monday in what they said was a first on behalf of an American presidential candidate. Republicans Overseas Israel’s chief strategist, Tzvika Brot, said there was no political significance to the launch of ground operations in the West Bank. But Mark… Read More

Swastikas spray-painted at Swarthmore College

Just a few weeks after swastika graffiti was spray-painted in separate incidents in Havertown and Lakewood, N.J., Swarthmore College is grappling with a similar circumstance. On Aug. 19, Havertown’s Esther Cohen-Eskin noticed a swastika spray-painted on her trash bin. A few days later, several swastikas (along with other anti-Semitic graffiti) were found spray-painted at a… Read More

A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots

NEW YORK — It’s a humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The singers, seven African-American teenagers, are dressed in plaid button-downs and polos, and appear a bit timid as they stand onstage waiting for… Read More

Rosh Hashanah via the deep freeze

Here is my post-Labor Day routine: I start madly cooking for the holidays while scrambling to catch up with everything that lapsed during the summer. But erev Rosh Hashanah falls on Oct. 2 this year. This allows me, and everyone else who is hosting Jewish New Year meals, a month to get organized. While I’m… Read More

Finding ‘compelling element of truth’ in Israeli, Palestinian narratives Review

Dreams Deferred: A Concise Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict & the Movement to Boycott Israel” by Cary Nelson. Bloomington, Ind. and Chicago: Indiana University Press and MLA Members for Scholars Rights, 2016. 339 pages. $12. Are you reticent about standing up for Israel because you believe you don’t know enough about the Mideast conflict? If… Read More

300 Orthodox rabbis condemn child abuse

Four Washington-area Orthodox rabbis have signed a proclamation condemning the Orthodox world’s silence over child sexual abuse, placing them among 300 Orthodox rabbis from the United States, Israel and Europe to sign the recent statement. “Tragic suicides committed as a direct result of child sexual abuse, as well as other physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual… Read More

Tennis exhibition a smash fundraiser

Like most elite 16-year-old tennis players, Shadi Altori has lofty goals for his career on the court. He hopes to join the professional tour and play in the U.S. Open or compete for a top college program in the United States. But one of his goals transcends tennis. Shadi, who is Muslim and lives in… Read More

Israel Bonds taps new D.C. director

  The Development Corporation for Israel, commonly known as Israel Bonds, tapped Adam Herman of North Bethesda, as the executive director for its Washington office. Herman took the reins on July 1. Herman, 44, most recently was president of Equipment Maintenance Managers, which markets service agreements to healthcare facilities and laboratories, as well as his… Read More