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

Funeral deal in doubt

Area synagogues are concerned that the announced merger of the two largest funeral companies in the United States will result in higher funeral costs for their members. Currently, 48 synagogues in the D.C. area are members of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington and thereby eligible for a complete, although basic, funeral at… Read More

Federation to create education department

In a release to its board of directors Tuesday night, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced the creation of a new education department to include professionals from the Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning. This new model ensures the future viability of the Partnership, whose sustainability had been questionable following years of financial troubles…. Read More

Keeping Jewish teens involved

For many Jewish teens, the culmination of their involvement in Judaism comes at the age of 12 or 13 when they read their Torah portion and celebrate at their bar or bat mitzvah party. While some teens will go on to complete confirmation classes and may be involved with a Jewish youth group, many will… Read More

Joshua Seth Lightman

Andrea and Steve Lightman of Gaithersburg have announced the birth of their son, Joshua Seth Lightman on Jan. 16. Joining in the simcha were grandparents Robin and David Lightman of Rockville and Marsha and Paul Cohen of North Potomac and great-grandmothers Eunice Dubin and Arlene Mager. Josh is named in memory of his great-grandfather Jerry… Read More

Jasmine Weiss

Jasmine Weiss, daughter of Tanya and the late Stuart Weiss of Arlington, became a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 8 at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church. Joining in the simcha were many cousins and aunts and uncles from Maine to Mexico. For her mitzvah project, Jasmine sold baked goods to raise funds for the… Read More

Sunflower Bakery wins disability prize

Gaithersburg-based Sunflower Bakery, which trains students with developmental disabilities in its kosher facility for employment in the baking industry, this week won one of five $50,000 Ruderman Prizes for Disability. The second annual prize, which recognizes organizations operating innovative programs and services dedicated to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish… Read More