Asa Fradkin working to build youthful voices

When he took over as cantor of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County in Bethesda, Asa Fradkin learned he wouldn’t have a designated parking spot. And that’s fine with him. None of the Conservative congregation’s leadership gets a spot. Fradkin, 36, says that’s emblematic of Beth El’s egalitarian, collaborative attitude. “I can’t think of a… Read More

Bolton delivers strong warning on 9/11 anniversary

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by warning of an impending nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea. “North Korea and Iran don’t pose a military danger to the United States. Their principal threat is to kill innocent American civilians,” he told an audience from the… Read More

Jewish humor in serious times

Toward the end of Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s talk on Jewish humor Sunday, the best-selling author told a joke about the Jewish outlook on the world: “One day, a man says, ‘You know what? I’m an optimist.’ Another says, ‘If you’re an optimist, why are you so worried?’ He says, ‘You think it’s easy being an… Read More

Anti-Semitic fliers found in Chevy Chase

Anti-Semitic fliers were discovered in a Chevy Chase neighborhood last week, prompting concern from residents, the Anti-Defamation League and town officials. Montgomery County Police were notified on Sept. 5 at 12:31 p.m. that fliers had been found on Blackthorn Court and contained messages such as “Govt Jews Murder 20 Million,” “Israel the Problem” and “The… Read More

High Holiday services on the cheap

The High Holidays are less than two weeks away, but not everyone is affiliated with a congregation or can afford a full-price ticket. For those looking to attend services anyway, WJW has compiled a (definitely incomplete) list of free or inexpensive (under $50) services in the Washington area. Some synagogues are offering their own discounted… Read More