Reform movement gears up for fight on immigration

In the face of fears that the administration of President Donald Trump will launch a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants, the Reform movement, including local congregations, is gearing up for a fight. Last month, the Union for Reform Judaism issued a resolution urging its congregations to consider providing physical sanctuary to undocumented immigrants facing deportation… Read More

Hate, anti-Semitism up in Montgomery County

Although Jews are roughly 3 percent of Montgomery County’s population, 84 percent of incidents “motivated by bias toward religion” were classified as “anti-Jewish,” according to Montgomery County Police Department’s annual bias report. In total, 94 bias-related incidents occurred in the county in 2016, a 42 percent rise from 2015. Thirty-two of those incidents were considered… Read More

Survivors benefit from local eyeglass program

When Yom Hashoah commemorations take place next week, the image in many people’s minds of Holocaust survivors may not reflect the lives of survivors living in the Washington area. Of the 430 survivors receiving aid from Jewish Social Service Agency, a local nonprofit that receives money from the German government and other sources to care… Read More

NoVa gathers as community after vandalism

At the end of a week when an Annandale church and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia were spray-painted with swastikas and anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim slogans, 250 people gathered at Little River United Church of Christ — site of the vandalism  — to affirm their sense of community. “Tonight, we come together not as… Read More

Hearings on AIPAC violence delayed until May

The hearings in D.C. Superior Court for two men accused of assaulting Palestinian-American professor Kamal Nayfeh outside the AIPAC conference in Washington last month have been pushed back to May 15 at the request of both men’s attorneys. Last month, Yosef Steynovitz, 32, was charged with assault with significant bodily injury, a felony. Rami Lubranicki,… Read More

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