‘Here We Are’ Protesters call for ‘Open Federation’ outside G.A. site

Open Hillel demonstrators call on federations to drop their “red lines” around discussion of Israel.

Calling for Jewish federations to end their support for organizations conditional on their “adherence to red lines around Israel,” 50 demonstrators organized by Open Hillel gathered Sunday outside the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, meeting at the Washington Hilton. The demonstrators, most of whom were in their 20s, said red lines such as… Read More

Commandment No. 11 Technology provides myriad ways to convey, ‘No mom, I’m not lying in a ditch’

Using FaceTime with an iPhone allows the reporter and her mother to stay in close touch, thanks in large part to her mom’s tech savvy and willingness to evolve within a digital world. (Screen shot)

It’s universally understood that the first amendment to the Ten Commandments — perhaps not as grave as the other 10, but respected by Jewish daughters and sons just the same, and I am no exception — is Please, Call Your Mother. And my mother, now 85, has made it much easier for me to obey… Read More

‘Rough Night for Everyone’ Israeli filmmaker’s presentation draws protest at Goucher Hillel screening


Student protestors from the LGBT campus group TALQ Big disrupted a film screening at the Goucher College Hillel last week, claiming the event was ignoring larger issues about Israel. Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate Assi Azar was invited to Hillel to screen his movie “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,” which… Read More

A Plea for Unity Netanyahu, Herzog headline JFNA’s General Assembly


A hoarse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of Jewish community representatives at the Washington Hilton Tuesday that disagreements over issues as divisive as the recent nuclear deal with Iran should not undermine either communal unity or the Israeli-American alliance. “Maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance,” Netanyahu said at the… Read More

Western High’s Class of 1950 hosts 65th reunion

From left: Beverly Kronthal, Sandy Liberman, Zelda Zaben and Beatrice Yoffe pose for a photo at the 65th reunion of Western’s Class of 1950. (photo by Justin Katz)

Gentle lighting, several tables decorated with yellow flowers, cloths with blue napkins precisely folded and placed in pristine white cups for each seat, and the reoccurring sounds of friends excitedly reuniting set the scene. In the front of the room was a podium decorated with a cloth that read “WHS 1950,” with a crest resembling… Read More

Vicki Almond Loses Aide But Gains His Wife Mandee Heinl joins District 2 team

Steve and Mandee Heinl (center) with Vicki Almond (third from left), Jon Cardin (far right) and others at their wedding. (Photo provided)

When Vicki Almond’s legislative aide Steve Heinl left for an Annapolis law firm, the Baltimore County councilwoman didn’t even have to look outside the family for his replacement. On Oct. 5, Mandee Heinl, Steve’s wife, became Almond’s new aide. But this is no case of nepotism, as Mandee, 25, boasts a master’s degree in public… Read More