A Time to Act Thousands in Jewish community speak out in opposition to Iran nuclear deal

Little more than a week after the Iran nuclear deal agreement was announced and as the details begin to sink into the minds of Americans, many members of the Jewish community are raising their voices in protest and concern. At Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation, approximately 1,500 congregants and other community members came together at… Read More

Making the Connection Israeli Corporations use MIDC to invest in Maryland

About 130 people turned out for MIDC day at the Israel Embassy in Washington, D.C., last month, hosted by the Maryland Israel Development Center. The attendees — a mix of businesspeople, academics and advocates from various Jewish organizations — mingled for an hour over food and drinks before listening to a panel discussion made up… Read More

‘A Great Meeting Place of Ideas’ Jews from across country to gather in D.C for National Retreat

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, the adult education arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, will host its 10th annual National Jewish Retreat at the Omni Shoreham resort in Washington, D.C.,  from Aug. 11 to Aug. 16, featuring some of the most influential rabbis and lay leaders from across the country as guest speakers, with an expected… Read More

Jewish Groups Decry UCC BDS Resolution ‘It contributes nothing to peace’

The United Church of Christ passed a resolution Tuesday calling for the boycott and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The resolution, which passed 508-124 at the 30th General Synod in Cleveland, was submitted by the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which represents 167 UCC congregations in New… Read More

What Next? Orthodox Jewish groups brace for consequences of gay-marriage ruling

WASHINGTON — The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays. Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost its tax-exempt status in 1983 when the… Read More

Law of the Land Jewish groups react to SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced last Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Kennedy wrote in an opinion joined by… Read More

At Long Last State Department’s human rights report released after four-month delay

The State Department was set to release the long overdue Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on June 25, after a delay, the longest ever, that spurred speculation in some political spheres that it was done in an effort not to upset Iran during ongoing nuclear negotiations, a charge the State Department denied. The Human… Read More

Uncertain Future BDS ties to trade package riles pro-Israel community

Despite unprecedented Democratic backing, including the overwhelming support of the Senate Finance Committee that approved it more than a month ago, Congress’ only legislative volley in the war against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill. In advance of a likely vote Wednesday on the so-called Trade Promotion… Read More

‘This is Just the Beginning’ Local, national Jewish organizations reach out to AME Church community in Charleston

After nine people were killed by 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof during a prayer study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday, many, including the local Jewish community in Charleston, S.C., reached out to comfort and support their neighbors and publicly denounced the act as a hate crime against the African-American community. Rabbi Stephanie… Read More