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.
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What does a family of six pack to leave home forever when they can only bring two suitcases? It was 1989, and Yevgeny Kutik’s mother, Alla Zernitskaya, a Jewish violin professor, eschewed the pots and pans, sheets and forters, for something far more precious. The family was fleeing Minsk, and the Soviets forbade carrying a… Read More
At Silver Spring’s John F. Kennedy High school, amid the teacher talk of lesson plans and grades, there are also thoughts of Passover, which begins at sundown on April 19. And when one of a handful of English teachers (“romantics by nature and always prone to theatrics,” as one puts it) begins to talk about… Read More
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
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
She can pack a lot into 24 hours.
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
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
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
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
An indigenous and Jewish photographer wants to tell her people’s story before it’s too late
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
How will another right-wing government affect relationship with American Jews?
The vote was contentious, historic, crazy — and somewhat predictable