A high calling

On my way into Washington Jewish Week’s newsroom on my first day as editor-in-chief last week, I felt like I was going to throw up. I was not nervous about meeting my new colleagues or regretting my choice to move here from New York City. On the contrary, I was eager to join this historic… Read More


Last Thursday night, I attended “Jewish Literature Live” at George Washington University. The class, taught by noted author and chair of the university’s English Department, Faye Moskowitz and sponsored by the generosity of David Bruce Smith, focuses on contemporary Jewish American authors. After each of six books is read and studied, the authors visit with… Read More

Things I won’t forget

Almost three years ago, to prepare for my meeting with Phil Jacobs to discuss becoming managing editor of Washington Jewish Week, I conducted a very unscientific study of what various people would want to read in their local Jewish paper. My parents, whom I chose to represent their demographic, told me they and their friends… Read More

Speaking Yiddish on Sunday

I don’t know why I was surprised to see the Hebrew letters. I know Yiddish is a mixture of Hebrew and German, but my several generations removed from Yiddish speakers knowledge is based on seeing Yiddish words written in transliteration. I know slightly more than most of my friends, and by that I mean, more… Read More

Getting local Jewish nonprofits recognition they deserve

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Jews United for Justice. Jewish Women International. GLOE. Ask Big Questions. BBYO Stand UP! Sunflower Bakery. These are just some of the local Jewish organizations that are moving the needle in connecting us with a relevant, vibrant Judaism. They are making a significant, measurable impact with those who participate in their… Read More

ASA or not ASA? That is the question

by Meredith Jacobs Editor-in-Chief Lately, college is the 24/7 conversation topic in my house. Much to my daughter’s chagrin. Mere weeks away from completing her first semester as a high school senior, the turmoil and stress of the college application and acceptance process is in full swing. And while she may be checking out what… Read More

From Auschwitz to the White House

By the time you read this, Chanukah 2013 will be a distant memory. But, I still thought I’d squeeze in one last Chanukah story. Martin Weiss was born on Jan. 28, 1929, in Polana, Czechoslovakia. His father, Jacob, was a meat distributor and his mother, Golda, kept their home and raised Marty and his eight… Read More

Superman Sam

“And Samuel died; and all Israel gathered together and lamented him” (1 Samuel 25:1). This is how my friend Rabbi Rebecca Schorr began her post about Samuel Asher Sommer, son of rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommer — also known as “Superman Sam.” The posts appeared regularly on my Facebook feed. Stories about “Superman Sam.” Days… Read More

Women to watch

Once the words came out of my mouth I realized how strange they sounded. “I won’t be in on Monday, I have women to watch.” My staff laughed. What I meant, of course, was my favorite event of the year, Jewish Women International’s annual luncheon honoring 10 amazing Jewish women. Dubbed “Women to Watch,” it never… Read More