An interfaith ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

by Emily Minton Staff Writer Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County and Bethesda United Methodist Church (BUMC) are coming together musically on Sunday, June 2 for two joint productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Although the two congregations, whose buildings stand across the five lanes of Old Georgetown Road from each other, have… Read More

Jewish American Heritage Month – 2013 version

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Who needs an official White House celebration anyway? Musical theater, interesting speakers, good causes and, of course, some delicious food, highlighted the 2013 Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) festivities. Vice President Joe Biden set the tone during his May 21 speech at a luncheon sponsored by the Democratic National Committee… Read More

New bill would make survivor support a priority

by David Holzel Senior Writer Bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress last week to give additional support to elderly Holocaust survivors has raised the sense of urgency about the needs of this frail population, but faces a long road to passage.

Rabbis urge Obama: Work for peace in Sudan

Nearly 500 rabbis have signed onto a letter to President Obama, urging him to continue to work toward peace in Sudan. The May 24 letter was written by Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and signed by 492 rabbis from across… Read More

Happy Birthday Florence Gersuk Lipsky!

by Ralph Shapiro Florence Gersuk Lipsky, a pillar of strength in the Washington Jewish community, resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, will celebrate her 90th birthday on April 10 with her four children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren at a family party in her hometown, Baltimore. She will be honored for her synagogue… Read More

Senate unanimously votes to support Israel

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer The U.S. Senate’s 99-0 vote to stand behind Israel if it attacks Iran’s nuclear power program was intended to send a strong message not just to Israel but to the entire Middle Eastern region as well, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who sponsored the resolution along with Sen. Robert Menendez… Read More

Women of the Wall board member’s home vandalized

Threatening graffiti was spray-painted on the Jerusalem home of a longtime board member of Women of the Wall. Some of the graffiti sprayed late Sunday or early Monday on the door and stairwell of Peggy Cidor’s apartment read in Hebrew “Women of the Wall are wicked,” “Peggy, your time is up,” “Peggy, we know where… Read More

Talking Turkey

by Karen Kaya and Moran Stern On May 16, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Barack Obama. Among the items on the agenda, the leaders discussed a possible Turkish role in future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Proponents of Turkish involvement in the stalled peace process believe that this might serve U.S. interests. They… Read More

Examining Claims Conference brouhaha

by Uriel Heilman JTA News and Features NEW YORK – Who knew what, and when? Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several fraudulent Holocaust-era restitution claims – nearly a decade before the organization halted a massive fraud scheme. By 2009,… Read More

Turkey, the U.S. and the Middle East Peace Process

by Karen Kaya and Moran Stern On May 16, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Barack Obama. Among the items on the agenda, the leaders discussed a possible Turkish role in future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Proponents for Turkish involvement in the stalled peace process believe that this might serve U.S. interests. They… Read More