Clinton, Trump to Headline AIPAC Gathering


The 2016 presidential campaign will make a stop at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington next week, where front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will address an expected 18,000 attendees at the pro-Israel advocacy organization’s annual event. The conference, March 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Verizon… Read More

Sharansky Headlines Dahan Lecture

Natan Sharansky (center) with Morty Macks (left) and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg at Beth Tfiloh in 1986 (Beth Tfiloh Congregation)

Natan Sharansky, one of Israel’s most celebrated citizens and politicians, will make a return to Beth Tfiloh Congregation after 30 years to discuss how Israel’s relationship with the world Jewish community has evolved. Sharansky, chairman of the executive for the Jewish Agency for Israel and former member of the Israeli government, comes to Baltimore on… Read More

J Street Popping Up in Role Traditionally Played by NJDC

When Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks takes the stage in Las Vegas next week to debate foreign affairs, his opponent will not be a heavyweight from the National Jewish Democratic Council, the RJC’s opposite number. Stepping onto the stage at Temple Beth Shalom will be Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of the liberal pro-Israel J… Read More

Hillel Conference Empowers Young Jewish Women


More than 125 students gathered at the University of Maryland Hillel to network, mingle and learn from guest lecturers at the Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference on Feb. 28. “Leadership is one of the core pillars of our work [at JWI],” Loribeth Weinstein, CEO of Jewish Women International, told students and fellow speakers during her keynote… Read More

Sanders’ Jewish Roots So Far Have Been a Quiet Issue in Campaign

With his victory in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish American to win  a primary. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images))

Should Maryland voters have a say in the April 26 Democratic primary, American University political scientist David Lublin thinks that despite the state’s large Jewish population, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Jewish heritage will not have much of  an effect. Lubin thinks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will still emerge victorious, because Maryland has a… Read More

How Justice Scalia’s Death Impacts 6 Cases that Matter to Jews

Justice Antonin Scalia (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — With the sudden passing this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on a raft of cases — including several watched by Jewish organizations. Scalia, who was 79, is being mourned by Orthodox Jewish groups, which… Read More

Looking for a Quickie Jewish Wedding? Call Rabbi Mel

Rabbi Mel Hecht marries Craig Silver and Karen Butt of Connecticut at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas. (Ron Kampeas)

LAS VEGAS — Rabbi Mel Hecht clutches his black coffee and paces in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts just down the road from the Red Rock Casino. It’s 2:27 p.m., and the couple said they’d be there by 2:20. The photographer has an appointment at Bellagio at 5 p.m., and he wanted to get started… Read More

One Month after Iran Deal Implementation, U.S. Lawmakers Air Concerns

The House Foreign Affairs Committee meets on Feb. 11 to evaluate the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Some Jewish lawmakers want sanctions. (Daniel Schere)

Less than a month after Iran was judged to have curbed its nuclear program to the extent that international sanctions could begin to be lifted, U.S. lawmakers assessed the success of the agreement reached between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. At a Feb. 11 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, members also… Read More