A passion for social action

  While there are many enthusiastic teens around the country looking to change the world, there are few teens quite like Katie Hamelburg. The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School graduate is currently the United Synagogue Youth International Social Action/ Tikun Olam vice president and has been involved with the organization since the sixth grade…. Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T New nonprofit will empower Americans with disabilities

  The statistics are staggering. A whopping 57 million Americans have disabilities, and 70 percent of those of working age are unemployed. RespectAbilityUSA, a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg, promises to change that state of affairs. “These grim statistics haven’t changed in decades. As a result, Americans… Read More

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