Iran is getting close to having the bomb

Some in the world are engaged by the charm offensive of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and hearing his protestations about having no intention of ever creating a nuclear weapon. But in fact, Iran has been developing its warhead for some 15 years. That design is now near completion. Compare it to gunpowder. To use gunpowder,… Read More

The future of American Jewry

Judaism has thrived in the United States for centuries, which makes A Portrait of Jewish Americans, the newly published Pew Research study on American Jewry, unexpectedly grim. Ten years of data tells us that the future for American Judaism is more unstable than we thought. Today’s Jewish institutions will shape the Jewish future, and if… Read More

Sparking Jewish discovery

I moved to the Washington, D.C., area when I was in my early 30s. I can’t say that I was particularly engaged Jewishly. I came from New York where it was easy to feel and identify as Jewish. Here, I felt like something was missing. We joined the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW)… Read More

Tell Council members: Back paid sick days

A child gets sick with the flu. A doctor’s appointment. A broken leg. These inevitable situations often require time away from work. But for many hard-working restaurant employees in Washington, taking time off carries the risk of losing a paycheck or even a job. According to a 2011 study by the Restaurant Opportunities Center, eight… Read More

Concerned about the ‘Messianic challenge’

Contrary to claims in your article “Messianic challenge” (Sept 26) that Jews for Judaism is an Orthodox Jewish group, we are a nondenominational Jewish group, opposed to the deceptive proselytizing of Jews by evangelical Christians and the Messianic Jews whom they finance and support. Our organization has had presidents from the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform… Read More

Guns are a danger to abuse victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As communities around the country continue to reel from tragic mass shootings, we are reminded that gun violence also threatens the safety of abuse victims every day. The strong and often lethal intersection between gun violence and domestic abuse deserves increased attention in the debate around gun safety legislation…. Read More

The Pew poll and our passion for renewal

With one week to go until the historic Centennial of United Synagogue (, I would like to thank the Pew Charitable Trust for publishing its provocative study — “Portrait of Jewish Americans” — which provides a demographic snapshot of American Jews and their affiliations as well as a sober prognosis for Jewish life in America…. Read More

Hineni: Here I am for immigration reform

When I was 21, I was an undergraduate at Yale University, living a typical college life. When my grandfather Irving was 21, he left his Lithuanian home to come to a new country where he didn’t know the language or the culture, and had only one brother to help him. I often wonder what that… Read More

Explaining the Millenials

A Millennial is loosely defined as someone born between 1981 and 2000 (also known as Generation Y). I am going to do something Millennials hate: I’m going to try to explain our generation — more specifically, how Millennials relate to Judaism. Millennials live in a new world. The proliferation of the Internet and social media,… Read More