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

New bill would make survivor support a priority

by David Holzel Senior Writer Bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress last week to give additional support to elderly Holocaust survivors has raised the sense of urgency about the needs of this frail population, but faces a long road to passage.

Happy Birthday Florence Gersuk Lipsky!

by Ralph Shapiro Florence Gersuk Lipsky, a pillar of strength in the Washington Jewish community, resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, will celebrate her 90th birthday on April 10 with her four children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren at a family party in her hometown, Baltimore. She will be honored for her synagogue… Read More

‘Our Shared Bible’

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer A rabbi, a priest and an imam walked into the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School May 10, and then began to seriously talk to the high school students about “Our Shared Bible.” “It was very interesting and something we haven’t had,” said Jeremy Schooler, a ninth-grader. He explained that… Read More

Selling trees to get to Israel

by Julia Shedlin WJW Intern It is common for Orthodox students to take a gap year and study in Israel after graduating from high school, but of course, it is not cheap. Sarah Pollock, a high school junior at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington, has found a way to raise money through the Jewish National… Read More

Learning about racism

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Anne Frank. Oskar Schindler. Jackie Robinson. Thurgood Marshall. They were all there, and many more, as students and their families from Waldon Woods, the predominantly African American elementary school in Clinton spent the evening of May 9 learning about racism and what it must have been like to be a… Read More