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

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

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

Cordish rides his Trump ties to the White House

This is the fourth article in an occasional series about Jews who work in the Trump administration. If Donald Trump had not sued Reed Cordish’s father, the younger Cordish might not be working in the White House today. Cordish, 42, is helping Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, put together the Office of American Innovation, which aims… Read More

When a beloved pet dies, Jewish owners have options

PITTSBURGH — Death and dying is the hallmark of Sharon Ryave Brody’s business. As vice president and supervisor of Ralph Schugar Chapel, Pittsburgh’s Jewish funeral home, Brody has counseled scores of grieving families in times of great distress. However, among the countless circumstances that she has encountered, a recent query was surprising: What do Jewish… Read More

Study: Jews, Muslims share same anxieties

A survey by a nonprofit organization dedicated to studying Muslims in the United States found that this link between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism is felt by members of the two religious groups. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding study shows that 38 percent of Muslims and 27 percent of Jews fear for their personal safety from white supremacists, far more than any other religious group.

HIAS looks to rally in red states

Rallies in solidarity with refugees and immigrants should start happening in front of less-than-friendly faces, said Mark Hetfield. “What we need to do is move this call to action from Washington, D.C., to red states, and red parts of blue states,” said Hetfield, president of HIAS, the veteran Jewish refugee aid agency. Fresh from a… Read More