Mideast big topic at JCPA Washington gathering

Former Mideast peace negotiator Aaron David Miller offered this advice to the 200 Jewish community relations professionals at the Jewish Council of Public Affairs conference on Monday: When it comes to the U.S.-Israel relationship, don’t do “the cosmic ‘oy vey.’” Now the vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,… Read More

Trump presidency: In the eyes of the beholders Liberal policy advocates get conflicting views of new administration

There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering on Sunday. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Bannon put it last week. At a session an hour later, Bannon was a man of the people who “has been friends with… Read More

It takes many faiths to repair a Torah scroll

Some people bond over coffee, others over lunch, but what about over repairing a 125-year-old Torah scroll? That is what brought 20 clergy, representing the three Abrahamic religions, to Oseh Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Laurel. The congregation began restoring its oldest Torah scroll in November and anticipates completing the project in May. Rabbi Doug… Read More

JCC theater camps put kids center stage

Last summer, Isabelle Goodweather played the court jester in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the end-of-session production at the theater camp of the Edlavitch DCJCC in Washington. Isabelle, a fourth grader at Sheridan School in Washington, plans to be back at theater camp this summer. “It’s very fun,” she said. “You get to understand what people… Read More

Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies

Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Thursday, three protestors from IfNotNow were arrested after disrupting the Senate confirmation hearing of David Friedman, the Trump organization’s bankruptcy lawyer who… Read More

True to his school, attorney Lewin to be honored

Washington attorney Nathan Lewin won’t admit it, but when it comes to languages and the law, he’s a natural. That much was clear to Daniel Chill, a friend of Lewin’s all the way back to Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York, where they met. Chill, 80, called Lewin an “English literature maven”… Read More