Jewish groups have mixed reactions to court rulings

  The Supreme Court ended its current term on Wednesday of last week after days of momentous decisions on important national issues and though their rulings on same-sex marriage continue to dominate headlines, the court’s verdicts on the issues of affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act also sparked responses from Jewish organizations and leaders…. Read More

Let my people ride

  It’s not even 8 a.m. Sunday morning, but members of The Lonsmen, “the [Yiddish] word for brotherhood and kinship,” are already putting on their black pants, black shirts, black leather jackets and do-rags. We’re not talking Hell’s Angels here. Instead, picture a coed group of predominantly Jewish motorcyclists in their 50s and 60s who also… Read More

Arts preschool readies for opening in Potomac

  A new Jewish preschool in Potomac aims to use the arts to help children express themselves and aid them in learning, according to its director. “Especially when children are young, they’re not so verbal. This is how they’ll really be able to let us know their questions,” said Esther Kavka of the Preschool of… Read More

Soom Foods – tehina from northern Israel

  Shelby, Jackie and Amy Zitelman have been creating their own businesses for years, going as far back as selling lemonade or washing cars in their native Rockville. This entrepreneurial trio, all graduates of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, have once again combined forces to create Soom Foods, a business based in Philadelphia… Read More

After 18 years, Rabbi Steve Glazer says goodbye

  From June 14-16, congregants and friends of Rabbi Steve and Andrea Glazer came together for a gala weekend to say goodbye to the couple that had lead the Conservative Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon since 1995. Complete with a congregational dinner, a variety of performances and a post-Shabbat gala, the weekend allowed attendees to… Read More

A death in Egypt

  Though only 21 years old, Andrew Driscoll Pochter had already embarked upon what everyone expected to be his life’s work — bringing peace to the world, and in particular the Middle East. On Friday, June 28, the Kenyon College student was stabbed to death while in Egypt as he watched a large protest against… Read More

Conservatives speak about Mideast

A group of political conservatives intent on spreading the truth about events in the Mideast was honored by EMET, Endowment for Middle East Truth, during its annual Rays of Light in the Darkness fundraising dinner June 19. About 275 people, including members of Congress and foreign ambassadors, gathered at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in D.C…. Read More

Former Miss Israel/World advocates for rape victims

Linor Abargil, crowned both Miss Israel and Miss World in 1998, is on a mission to create “a very open and public discussion about rape without being ashamed. That is my wish.” Fifteen years ago, Abargil was on top of the world. Newly crowned Miss Israel and winner of her very first car, she was… Read More