Area Orthodox leaders object to OU maharat ruling

Four area leaders of Orthodox organizations are among 28 signatories of a letter objecting to the Orthodox Union’s position barring women clergy at its 400 member congregations. “Historically the Orthodox Union has been a big tent organization that embraced and served all forms of Orthodox Judaism,” the Sept. 12 letter — addressed to OU Executive Vice… Read More

JCRC holds a grudge over Roger Waters

“Us and Them,” a 1973 release by rockers Pink Floyd, is also the name of band alumnus Roger Waters’ current concert tour, which stopped in Washington last weekend at the Verizon Center. That divisive theme, reflected in Waters’ roiling support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, stirred up the Jewish Community Council of… Read More

Hannah Monicken Senior Writer

Hannah Monicken is a journalist, politics junkie and lover of puns. She will probably be the first person you meet from the state of North Dakota and prior to WJW she honed her skills writing for a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, covering her home state at The Bismarck Tribune and coordinating communications for a U.S. House political campaign…. Read More

George Altshuler

George Altshuler joined WJW as a staff writer in September 2016. He previously worked for J – The Jewish News of Northern California and as a teacher in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he lived in Haiti for six months in 2013, where he taught journalism. He has freelanced for the… Read More

The fountain of brew Henry Benesch wanted to help around the brewery. Now they can’t do without him.

BALTIMORE — At 97, Henry Benesch may very well be the oldest brewery worker in the country. At least that’s what his son, Jerry Benesch, said he believes during a visit to the nearly 5-year-old Union Craft Brewery here, co-founded by Henry’s grandson, Adam. Benesch, whom everyone at the brewery lovingly refers to as Zayde,… Read More