Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law

Stressing the supremacy of presidential over congressional power to set foreign policy, the Supreme Court struck down a federal statute that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on their passports and birth certificates. By a 6-3 vote, the court ruled Monday that a president has the… Read More

No Muhammad on the Metro

The winning cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad that resulted in the death of two people at an event in Texas last month will not be coming to a local Metro bus any time soon. Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, submitted the cartoon to run as an advertisement on Washington Metropolitan… Read More

Jewish midshipman and tech CEO confirmed dead in Amtrak crash Despite carnage, commuters not deterred

A New York-bound Amtrak train originating in Washington, D.C. derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least eight and injuring more than 200 people, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling at 106 mph as it entered the sharp curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph, according to the National… Read More

The debate on policing

From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody. Officials were short on specifics, but several said that protests in Baltimore following the April… Read More

Free-range fracas Parenting style provokes controversy

Alexander and Danielle Meitiv, the Silver Spring parents under investigation for allowing their children, ages 6 and 10, to walk around town without adult supervision, believe they are raising their children to become responsible adults, but their free-range parenting style, which has resulted in two recent run-ins with police, is sparking controversy. “Free-range is for… Read More

Freundel sentenced to 6.5 years

Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced this afternoon to 6.5 years in prison for his gross violation of trust and abuse of power, D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin ruled. Freundel, formerly of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., received a sentence of 45 days each for 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The sentences are to run consecutively. Freundel, who… Read More

Cardin favors sending Iran bill to full Senate

With less than a day to go until the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up contentious legislation viewed by the White House as potentially undermining a newly-negotiated nuclear framework deal with Iran, the panel’s top Democrat seemingly joined with Republicans in wishing the full Senate get to vote on the bill.  “It’s my desire …… Read More

Virginia-based Sabra recalls 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus

Colonial Heights, Virginia-based Sabra Dipping Co. announced that it is voluntarily recalling around 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus sold in the United States because of a possible contamination with the food-borne illness Listeria monocytogenes, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium “that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in… Read More

Groups look to calm U.S.-Israel tensions

American Jewish groups are trying to calm continuing tensions between Jerusalem and Washington in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive re-election. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Anti-Defamation League have all released statements welcoming Netanyahu’s affirmation of support for a two-state… Read More