In Trump Era, Reform Movement Faces Internal Conflicts

The calls to action were aimed at the Trump administration, but less clear at the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center gathering was the ability of Reform Jews to resolve political disputes under their own roofs. “I think the potential for the faith community is to be the conscience of the community,” former Delaware Gov. Jack… Read More

Donald Trump Remembers Holocaust in Washington

In a somber, conventional 15-minute speech, President Donald Trump commemorated the Holocaust Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by praising the survivors of the genocide of 6 million Jews and pledging to stand against anti-Semitism. Speaking in the Capitol Rotunda, Trump headlined the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance ceremony. “Despite your great pain,… Read More

ADL Reports Increase in Anti-Semitic Incidents

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League reported an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the first quarter of 2017 compared with 2016. In the ADL’s Washington region, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia, there were 37 incidents reported in this year’s first quarter, compared with 2016’s year-end total of 26 incidents. Nationwide,… Read More

When Politics Get in the Way of Jewish Giving

Lisa Greer didn’t think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel’s West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had given millions to progressive Jewish and Israel causes, and she sits on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. So last October, she… Read More

JCC Head Barak Hermann Meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On March 30, JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann was among a group of American Jewish leaders to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to express concern about the recent bomb threats to Jewish institutions and the rise in anti-Semitism. The meeting was requested by Jewish leaders. More than 130 bomb threats were made… Read More

AIPAC Gets Back to Basics Pro-Israel lobby features diversity of voices, bipartisanship

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements. After years of growing affinity to Republicans in Congress… Read More

Israeli-American Teen Arrested in JCC Bomb Threats

When an Israeli-American Jewish teen was arrested in Israel last Thursday in connection with the more than 150 bomb threats on Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in the U.S. and North America, it sent a shockwave through the Jewish community. It ran counter to the narrative many Jewish groups were pushing — that… Read More

Jewish Defense League Counter-Protests Turn Violent Outside AIPAC Conference

Counter-protests led by the ultra-right wing Jewish Defense League turned violent Sunday outside the AIPAC conference in downtown Washington, resulting in two arrests. Tensions began when close to 1,000 protestors from the leftist group IfNotNow arrived at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There, 20 or so people carrying Israeli flags and yellow flags with… Read More

Pence at AIPAC: New Man, Similar Speech

Vice President Mike Pence gave what amounted to a textbook AIPAC speech to close out the first day of the pro-Israel lobby’s annual policy conference Sunday in which he affirmed the United States’ support for Israel, spoke of his personal admiration for the Jewish state and assured the audience of 18,000 that he and President… Read More