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

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

Greenway creates path for interfaith collaboration

For as long as anyone can remember, congregants at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac had been cutting through their neighbor’s yard to reach their own synagogue. It was indicative of their “wonderful” working relationship, as Rabbi Nissan Antine put it. St. James Episcopal Church forgave their trespasses, and in return, congregants from Beth Sholom donated… Read More

BBYO opens girls group in D.C.

Hannah Frank heard about the BBYO youth group while at camp over the summer and when she returned home to the District of Columbia the 14-year-old was ready to join. But she couldn’t. “Me and my friends from camp thought it would be interesting to join a chapter, but we looked and there were none… Read More