Dollars for peace

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent announcement of a major effort to pump $4 billion into the Palestinian economy as a way to sweeten their desire to enter into peace talks with Israel is being met with some hope but much skepticism. “We always want to see efforts to help the… Read More

The dominoes are falling

Wide-open governor’s race provides opportunities for candidates on all levels by Ron Snyder The race to be the next Maryland governor is predicted to set off a domino effect across state politics. The first domino to fall came Monday in Columbia when Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown – a Democrat who already officially entered the race… Read More

‘A new war’

Israeli cyber-security firms meet potential investors and strategic partners by Maayan Jaffe “We’re always looking for innovative partners,” said Ed Jaehne, chief strategy officer for KeyW Corporation. It’s for that reason that Jaehne – and about 100 other local entrepreneurs and investors – showed up on May 29 for the Maryland/Israel Development Center’s (MIDC) Cyber… Read More

Destined for leadership

Cindy Fishman becomes president of Har Shalom   by Emily Minton Staff Writer It almost seems as if Cindy Fishman was destined to become president of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac. After all, Fishman, a pediatrician and mother of two, has been a member of the Conservative synagogue since childhood, having celebrated her initial bat mitzvah… Read More

Award-winning words

by Emily Minton Staff Writer Twenty-year-old Gavriel Brown, a Yeshiva University junior and Kemp Mill native, was recently awarded the 2013 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics for his essay entitled “Losing Self, Finding Self.” A nationwide contest, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was created by professor and Mrs. Wiesel… Read More

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