A public relations split

In the final months of last year’s presidential election campaign, the attic in the offices of Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications had housed a close-knit, crowded “Hub” with the goal of delivering the Jewish vote to President Barack Obama. About a year later, there is suddenly plenty of space in the firm’s Woodley Park offices. Last Thursday, Matt… Read More

Israeli firm uses computer program to save lives

There are no chairs in the conference room at NowForce, an Israeli start-up company. That makes for a very dynamic 20-minute meeting each morning where employees discuss what they have been doing since yesterday’s meeting. Dynamic is a good word to describe this company, which was created in 2008 to answer a simple, yet potentially… Read More

‘Sharing’ Rosh Chodesh with Women of the Wall

Despite the seven hour-time difference, residents of the Ring House “shared” a Rosh Chodesh service with the Women of the Wall this week by praying, blowing the shofar and singing songs. But for the 65 people gathered at the Charles E. Smith Life Community complex in Rockville on Tuesday of last week, the ritual and… Read More

A legal high

The Takoma Wellness Center is open for business, but don’t expect to just drop by and start getting high. On Aug. 1, Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and his wife, Stephanie, opened one of D.C.’s only two medical marijuana dispensaries. A third is expected to open shortly. But due to stringent rules established by the D.C. Department… Read More

Sharing Rosh Chodesh

Despite the seven hour time difference, residents of the Ring House “shared” a Rosh Chodesh service with the Women of the Wall this week by praying, blowing the shofar and singing songs. But for the 65 people gathered at the Charles E. Smith Life Community complex in Rockville Aug. 6, the ritual and discussion were… Read More

Frosh start

Early last week, state Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County) threw his name into the hat of candidates bidding to become Maryland’s attorney general in 2014. And, if elected, Frosh said it’s a position he hopes to remain in for the foreseeable future. “I’m not seeking the office of the attorney general as a springboard for… Read More

HIAS editorial sparks dialogue

The July 25 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” has spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for “an orderly sunset.” And the United… Read More