Doing good on Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day brought out thousands of members of the Washington area’s Jewish munity on April 7 to work on hands-on volunteer projects at about 75 sites. The eighth annual Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Washington Jewish Week was a media sponsor.

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

Kosher sushi to debut in Silver Spring next month

Montgomery County locals will soon be able to enjoy sushi at an area kosher sushi bar. Sushi 7, will operate inside Nuthouse Pizza in Silver Spring, according to Nuthouse co-owner Michael Chelst. The sushi bar, which is scheduled to open on May 15, will be owned and operated by Harold Wilner, owner of the kosher… Read More

Lawsuit alleges long-running sexual abuse at Washington Hebrew preschool

Eight families whose children attended the Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Early Childhood Center are alleging in a lawsuit that their children were sexually abused by an assistant teacher for more than two years and that the preschool, through its own negligence, allowed it to happen. Filed Monday evening, the lawsuit claims that Jordan Silverman, an assistant… Read More

D.C. synagogues bar the unvaccinated

Amid a spreading measles outbreak that is hitting certain Jewish munities particularly hard, two Washington synagogues are taking measles prevention into their own hands. Ohev Sholom — The National Synagogue and Kesher Israel, both modern Orthodox congregations, last week announced that they will prohibit families who choose not to vaccinate their children from entering. According… 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