Response to hate focus of Va. forum

In the contest for Virginia governor, what issue do the candidates think Jewish audiences want to hear about most? Anti-Semitism. At Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax on Sunday, neither speaker wasted time in getting to the subject. “I am so proud of our current governor, Terry McAuliffe, and our attorney general, Mark Herring, and I… Read More

Berman Academy names new head

Just weeks after the start of the school year, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy has announced it has hired a new head of school for the fall of 2018. Rabbi Yossi Kastan, head of Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, Fla., was chosen because of his extensive background in Jewish education, according to David Sloan, president… Read More

Maryland Democrats prepare to take on Hogan

If a Democrat unseats incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan in the November 2018 election, odds are that he or she will promise a $15 an hour minimum wage across Maryland. That was one point of agreement among five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination during a forum Monday night at the Silver Spring Civic Center. They also… Read More

Hogan honored at sukkah gathering

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was honored Sunday for his “open warm and positive relations with the Jewish community,” according to Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, which invited the governor to the sukkah at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac. “The symbolism of him joining the Jewish community to… Read More

Bubbie takes to the skies When Mollie Witow said she wanted to celebrate her 97th birthday in a balloon, she wasn’t full of hot air

Mollie Witow hasn’t lost her adventurous spirit. The 96-year-old decided to take to the sky in August to get a jump on her October birthday. Members of her family, including her daughter and grandchildren, accompanied her to Taylorsville for her first-ever hot-air balloon ride. Donning black pants and a gray sweater, Bubbie, as her grandchildren… Read More

Charity provides top-shelf items to needy families

Mordechai Roizman has a heart for those in need: After Hurricane Sandy wracked devastation across New York City and coastal New Jersey, he joined those helping residents who had lost everything, pitching in to help distribute food, clothing and dry goods. But Roizman, a 48-year-old veteran of boardroom battles and executive strategy sessions knew that,… Read More

Rabbi Dina Rosenberg wants to make Judaism accessible

Dina Rosenberg, the new rabbi at B’nai Shalom of Olney, planned to become a chaplain because she loved helping people. But the California native quickly found herself drawn to the pastoral work of a congregational rabbi. “What I realized is that I’m really good at being Jewish and teaching people about being Jewish,” said Rosenberg… Read More

Rally at Qatar Embassy sends message to Hamas

  The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington believes it can pressure Qatar to force its client Hamas to release the remains of two slain Israeli soldiers captured in 2014. Qatar, a small Persian Gulf state, has been under blockade from its larger neighbors since the summer. About 50 people gathered in front of… Read More