Controversial former U-Md. professor launches anti-BDS organization

A new anti-BDS organization based in Rockville is pledging to bat anti-Israeli rhetoric where it says it’s most potent: on college campuses. To that end, Alliance for Israel will do what founder Melissa Landa — a former professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Education — says other groups do not: showcase Israel’s diversity… Read More

Rodef Shalom hits $16 million fundraising goal

With major additions to its building scheduled to be pleted in 2020, Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church announced last week that it had wrapped up its 14-month capital campaign after reaching its fundraising goal of $16 million. Donations came from more than 1,100 households, according to Hannah Moore, the Reform congregation’s director of philanthropy…. Read More

Berman Academy students win top prize in petition

Eight Jewish day school students last week won first prize for their text service that provides subscribers a sampling of Jewish law every morning. The Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy’s JUMP team came away with a trophy and a $5,000 check for its Helpful Halacha text service. The group was among the finalists on April… Read More

Israeli elections awaited in D.C.

As Israelis in the Washington area contemplate returning home to cast a vote in the April 9 parliamentary election, area Jewish groups are hosting a slew of election-themed events to preview what increasingly appears a tight race. On Sunday, Moishe House Northern Virginia hosted two local shlichim, or Israeli emissaries, and local Jews cast votes… Read More

How sweetheart swindles bilk vulnerable seniors

As 87-year-old Rene Cuzon du Rest, once a professional in his scientific field, slid further into dementia, his caregiver took over his finances, presented herself as his girlfriend, opened a joint checking account with him and had the power of attorney for him. She fetched the mail, a prosecutor said, including bills he didn’t see…. Read More

Why you shouldn’t make assumptions about Jews of color Voices

“Why are you asking me that?” This is the only acceptable response whenever a white person asks certain questions of someone in our building who doesn’t look like them. Questions like: “Why are you here?” “Are you Jewish?” “When did you bee Jewish?” “Why did you convert?” “Tell me about your journey to Judaism.” The… Read More

Kesher Israel institutes vaccination policy

Rabbi Hyim Shafner of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown announced last week that families who choose not to vaccinate their children for measles will not be allowed inside the Orthodox synagogue. Shafner said congregants began ing to him with concerns after hearing stories of measles outbreaks inside Orthodox munities in Brooklyn and Baltimore among unvaccinated… Read More

Scholar Muravchik charts his rightward path

U.S. foreign policy may hold the key to peace in the 21st century, says a local scholar. “The United States must have an internationalist foreign policy. It must be very engaged in the world because by doing that we can shape events rather than react to them,” says Joshua Muravchik, whose “Heaven on Earth: The… Read More

D.C.’s Israel straw poll results are in

The Jewish munity Relations Council of Greater Washington has released the results from their Israeli election straw poll. And the winner is the Kachol Lavon, or Blue and White party; a Centrist party which emerged earlier this year with 56 percent of the vote. The Meretz party, a left-wing socialist party was in second place… Read More