Russian roulette in Syria

Over the last two weeks, Russia has demonstrated again that it considers Syria’s government a vital ally, a strategic asset and a regime worth saving, notwithstanding the country’s two-year-old civil war. Russia’s shipment of advanced weaponry to the government of Bashar al-Assad could make it more difficult for the West to impose a no fly-zone… Read More

Our community’s gem in its Diamond Jubilee

When our Washington-area Jewish community needs a voice in Annapolis, Richmond or before the D.C. Council, or when we need representation in broader organizational or faith group gatherings, or when we need to present in an organized fashion on any number of social or political issues, we rely on the Jewish Community Relations Council of… Read More

A tragedy made in Bangladesh

In the Jewish imagination, the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City is a kind of slavery in Egypt story: We all were there. One hundred forty-six workers – most were Jewish and Italian immigrant women between 14 and 43 years old – died in the fire because the managers had locked them… Read More

Hawking’s other choice

Stephen Hawking isn’t the first big name to announce he is boycotting Israel. And he won’t be the last. But as one of the world’s most famous and revered scientists, his decision to withdraw from speaking at a prestigious academic conference in Israel next month is a bigger blow than the posturing of a rock… Read More