Trump J’lem stance draws mixed response

The day after President Donald Trump announced the United States had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Susan Zycherman was grocery shopping in Rockville. She and her husband had watched news reports about the announcement and then tried to figure out what it all meant. “My instinct was to say, ‘Yay,’” she said, “and… Read More

Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and U.S. Jews

LOS ANGELES — Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night — between American Jews and the Israeli government. Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the North American Jewish federation movement, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. “Whether… Read More

Groups see surge in activism since election

Rebecca Ennen clearly remembers the raw emotions of the day after Donald Trump’s election as president. Ennen, deputy director of the progressive nonprofit Jews United for Justice, was in the group’s Washington office. JUFJ had put the word out to its volunteers, donors, petition-signers and anyone else to come by if they were in need… Read More

U-Md. student government considers BDS resolution

A resolution that urges the university to divest from companies “profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine” will have its first reading today at a University of Maryland student government meeting. The non-binding resolution, one of a number introduced at American universities in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, was sponsored by student… Read More

Haley tells IAC “it’s a new day” at the UN

The United States ambassador to the United Nations told a Washington audience of Israeli-Americans Saturday night that she will not tolerate anti-Israel bias that has long existed in that international body. “As long as I am at my post, Israel will not be alone,” said ambassador Nikki Haley while speaking at the Israeli American Council’s… Read More

Israel’s Dermer calls on nations to ‘fix’ Iran deal

Israel’s ambassador to the United States told a Bethesda audience this week that the greatest challenge his country faces is the potential for a nuclear-armed Iran. He called on the United States, the European Union and Germany to “fix” the 2015 agreement that limited that potential. Ron Dermer, speaking Tuesday at Congregation Beth El of… 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

Kol Shalom skips Israel Bonds appeal

  Kol Shalom, a Conservative congregation in Rockville, will not make its traditional Israel Bonds appeal on Yom Kippur as a statement of disappointment over recent actions by the Israeli government limiting religious pluralism that have angered the U.S. Reform and Conservative movements. In an email to the congregation, Rabbi Jonathan Maltzman said the action… Read More