Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees


Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Um Um Good! University, Chabad partner to bring kosher food to UMD arena

Testudo’s Kosher Korner food stand will open for business on Nov. 17 at the Maryland-Georgetown men’s basketball game.

Starting this week, University of Maryland basketball fans can watch some hoops while chowing down on delicious kosher eats. Testudo’s Kosher Kitchen, so named for the university’s distinctive diamondback terrapin mascot, made its official debut at the Nov. 17 Maryland vs. Georgetown University men’s basketball game, and the menu, said Rabbi Eli Backman, director of… Read More

Hogan to Feds: “Cease Settlement of Refugees from Syria”

Gov. Larry Hogan
(file photo)

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday afternoon that he is requesting federal authorities stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured. “As governor of Maryland, the safety and security of Marylanders remains my first priority. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris just four days ago, and after careful consideration, I am now requesting that… Read More

At Biennial Gathering, Reform Movement Expands its Tent

Vice President Joe Biden received a warm welcome from thousands of Reform Jews at a conference that saw the passage of the most comprehensive resolution on inclusivity and gender rights by a Jewish mainstream movement. Speaking Saturday before 5,000 Reform Jews at the 2015 Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism in Orlando, Fla., Biden… Read More

Comity, Foreign Policy Differences are Hallmarks of Democratic Debate

From Left: Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee at the CNN-moderated Democratic presidential debate  (Josh Haner/NYT/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The first Democratic presidential debate focused mostly on economic issues, although foreign policy differences emerged on how to handle the crisis in the Middle East. The debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas brought together the five candidates running for the Democratic nod for the presidency. Making his first appearance on a national… Read More

On the Attack Iranian president targets ‘Zionist regime’ in UN speech

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticizes the United States and Israel in his address to the United Nations.

President Barack Obama, in his address to the 70th United Nations General Assembly on Monday, warned world leaders about the danger of Russian aggression, but said nothing about Israel —  a vacuum that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promptly filled. “If not for the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and its unwarranted support for… Read More

‘He Will Be Missed’ Boehner’s resignation announcement comes as a surprise

Speaker of the House John Boehner (Courtesy of Rep. John Boehner)

Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress at the end of this month, the Republican from Ohio announced Sept. 25. Boehner, whose invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress earlier this year made waves, informed his fellow Republicans of his decision in a private House meeting. Looking noticeably relieved… Read More

Speaker of the House to Resign


Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress at the end of October, the Republican from Ohio announced Friday morning. Boehner, whose invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress earlier this year made waves, made the announcement to his fellow Republicans in a private House meeting. An aide told The… Read More

Praying with Their Feet 200 rabbis complete march from Selma to Washington


WASHINGTON — Rabbis and reverends, black and white, stood together on the bimah of Washington Hebrew Congregation and raised their voices in a triumphant rendition of the civil rights protest song, “We Shall Overcome.” The clergy were celebrating, along with hundreds of attendees, the completion of America’s Journey for Justice, a 1,000-mile march from Selma,… Read More