Fracking ban is main success in Md. session

BALTIMORE — The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved… Read More

Reconstructionist rabbis unanimously approve transgender rights policy

There are several reasons why the rights of transgender individuals is a Jewish issue, according to Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda. The first reason is simple. “Because there are transgender Jews,” he said. His colleagues agree. Last month the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, to which Dobb belongs, unanimously approved a… Read More

Annandale resident arrested for anti-Semitic graffiti

A 20-year-old Annandale man was arrested on Wednesday night in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti found on Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and a nearby church. Dylan M. Mahone, 20, was arrested at his home on April 12 by Fairfax County Police and Northern Virginia Community College Police. Mahone is also believed… Read More

Student’s video entry focuses on Jerusalem

When you’re covering 3,000 years of history in a short video, you have to get down to the essentials. Eliana Lebson told the story of Jerusalem in a breath more than a minute and a half, and still had enough time to talk about its future. “The Story of Jerusalem” was the Berman Academy junior’s… Read More