Abbas dumps P.A.’s MVP

by Douglas Bloomfield Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has dispensed with the closest thing the Palestinian Authority has to an indispensable man, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. No one has done more to stabilize the Palestinian economy, build the institutions for a state, bring integrity and reform to the Palestinian government, win the confidence of the Western… Read More

For peace, if not now, when?

by Alan Elsner One of my favorite quotations from Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers) is attributed to Rabbi Hillel who said: “If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” This maxim on the urgency of now… Read More

Federation and USHMM: Strengthen both

by Dottie Bennett Sunday, April 28 was a special day which involved two organizations I feel strongly about, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. As unlikely as it seems, these two community pillars presented very different programs yet there were many common threads.

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

We Jews were all at Sinai – and in the death camps

by Meredith Jacobs Managing Editor Last week I attended a lovely lunch hosted by the German embassy. They had invited Dr. Rafael Seligmann, publisher of The Jewish Voice from Germany, to the U.S. and this was one of several events in major cities where diplomats and journalists would get together to chat about Jewish life… Read More

No more kidney stones please

A kidney stone, painful, tough nights in the hospital, Tahrir Square, Boston Marathon terrorism, my daughter’s wedding. It started on a Shabbat morning at about 5. The pain on the lower right side of my abdomen wasn’t going to let me sleep. It shot through my side in waves that were angry. I wandered down… Read More

Made in Israel

Regarding Steven M. Jacoby’s concern expressed in the April 11 issue of Washington Jewish Week (“Boilerplate response”) that Marriott might be “both latent and blatant anti-Israel and/or anti-Semitic” because there is only one Marriott brand hotel in Israel – a Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv – I would point out that my husband and I… Read More

Affirming our common destiny

The JFNA 2013 Rabbinic Cabinet mission of 32 rabbis to Kiev, Ukraine, and Israel offered the rabbis representing all denominations from across the country a chance to see first-hand the inspiring work the American Jewish community does on behalf of Jews around the world through our overseas agencies, the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish… Read More