Iran with nukes remains the great danger

Beach clothes from Labor Day weekend are washed and put away, we’ve eaten the Rosh Hashanah brisket and honey cake, and school buses are again collecting kids with backpacks in our neighborhoods. A new year has begun, by whichever calendar you consult. Our rabbis and community leaders speak to us about fresh chances and new… Read More

It’s about more than tickets

The signs are back. They are popping up on street corners, public and private property — unauthorized, most definitely not legal, but catchy and appealing. Last year they merely advertised “Free High Holiday Tickets.” This year they have gone one step further, and take a swipe at the concept upon which the American Jewish community… Read More

High Holiday reflections on Jews in America

As Jews across the region, the country and the world prepare for the holiest days of the Jewish year, it is worth doing a bit of self-assessment regarding where we stand as a community. Jews in America are in one of the safest and most welcoming environments we have known across our long and often… Read More

‘Hineni’ in our 21st century lives

A large part of my position at N Street Village, a social services agency in Washington, D.C., entails working with previously incarcerated women who are in recovery from substance abuse. To be honest, their status as former inmates is not something I deeply dwell on. It almost fades into the background, just another bullet point… Read More

Leading a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip

Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience and will be one of my fondest memories after I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that… Read More

The Scubi Jew

To say that Judaism has been a constant feature in my life is an understatement. I spent eight hours a day in a Jewish day school from kindergarten through graduation, and went to temple every Shabbat. My family was so active in our synagogue, we received its “Family of the Year” award. For some people,… Read More

Labor on the Bima

The Hebrew month of Elul is a time for repentance. As DC-area Jews, we could not have asked for a better call to reflect on how we can do better in the coming year than the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that occurred this past week. In the 1960s,… Read More