Israel Bonds Ambassador’s Ball

The Ambassador’s Ball, a celebration of Israel’s 65th year of independence, drew a packed ballroom at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Sunday evening. Andrew Cooper served as campaign chair while Manette and Louis Mayberg were the Ambassador’s Ball chairs. Jordan (Jody) Harburger, executive director of Israel Bonds’ Washington, D.C. area office,… Read More

UMD president visits Israel

  by Emily Minton Staff Writer Dr. Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, College Park, joined a delegation lead by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) on an eight-day trip to Israel in late April. This was the first visit to Israel for the 33rd UMD president, whose trip was initially scheduled for the… Read More

Germany OKs funding jump for survivors

by David Holzel Senior Writer The announcement last week that Germany had agreed to an unprecedented additional $1 billion in funding over four years for Holocaust survivors left Jewish Social Service Agency, which provides services to elderly survivors, seeking more answers. “This is an overall number meant to help survivors all over the world,” said… Read More

‘One Million Bones’ at the National Mall

Bat mitzvah project focuses on genocides by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer This weekend, the National Mall will be filled with one million bones, a virtual mass grave symbolizing the vast number of people who have been killed simply because of their race or religion. “We keep saying never again, but it keeps happening again,” said Eve… Read More

The dominoes are falling

Wide-open governor’s race provides opportunities for candidates on all levels by Ron Snyder The race to be the next Maryland governor is predicted to set off a domino effect across state politics. The first domino to fall came Monday in Columbia when Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown – a Democrat who already officially entered the race… Read More

‘A new war’

Israeli cyber-security firms meet potential investors and strategic partners by Maayan Jaffe “We’re always looking for innovative partners,” said Ed Jaehne, chief strategy officer for KeyW Corporation. It’s for that reason that Jaehne – and about 100 other local entrepreneurs and investors – showed up on May 29 for the Maryland/Israel Development Center’s (MIDC) Cyber… Read More

Destined for leadership

Cindy Fishman becomes president of Har Shalom   by Emily Minton Staff Writer It almost seems as if Cindy Fishman was destined to become president of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac. After all, Fishman, a pediatrician and mother of two, has been a member of the Conservative synagogue since childhood, having celebrated her initial bat mitzvah… Read More

Award-winning words

by Emily Minton Staff Writer Twenty-year-old Gavriel Brown, a Yeshiva University junior and Kemp Mill native, was recently awarded the 2013 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics for his essay entitled “Losing Self, Finding Self.” A nationwide contest, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was created by professor and Mrs. Wiesel… Read More

An interfaith ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

by Emily Minton Staff Writer Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County and Bethesda United Methodist Church (BUMC) are coming together musically on Sunday, June 2 for two joint productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Although the two congregations, whose buildings stand across the five lanes of Old Georgetown Road from each other, have… Read More

Jewish American Heritage Month – 2013 version

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Who needs an official White House celebration anyway? Musical theater, interesting speakers, good causes and, of course, some delicious food, highlighted the 2013 Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) festivities. Vice President Joe Biden set the tone during his May 21 speech at a luncheon sponsored by the Democratic National Committee… Read More