Congressman Polis reflects on baseball shooting

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) had just finished his last baseball practice Wednesday morning at the Democratic practice facility at Gallaudet University in Washington in preparation for the next day’s annual congressional baseball game. Then he and his teammates received the shocking news that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, had been shot and… Read More

In D.C., critics double down on Palestinian Authority for Tillerson statement

A series of conflicting statements between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority have right-leaning Zionists gathered in Washington saying, “We have seen this before.” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that the P.A. had agreed to stop making  so-called martyrs payments to Palestinians held in Israeli prisons as… Read More

More shuls making dues voluntary

A year ago, when Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria was facing a steady decline in membership, leaders believed one reason was membership dues. “We had heard people would not join because the dues were too high,” said congregation President Julienne Bramesco. Rather than lower the dues, leaders of the Reform congregation laid out the… Read More

McMaster emphasizes opportunities at Global Forum

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday told a Jewish audience that Israel and America’s Arab allies are undergoing a reassessment of their shared interests. “Today their interests are converging,” he said at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington. “This is an opportunity.” These shared interests a long-sought peace agreement between Israel and… Read More