‘Clear Choice’

For the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street, the upcoming Israeli election is a moment of “clear choice.” Either Israelis will elect leadership that puts the Jewish state on the path of isolation and violence, say the group’s activists, or on a path toward a two-state solution that maintains both the Jewish and democratic natures… Read More

Alphabet Soup

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The announcement last week that HIAS, the century-old Jewish immigrant and refugee aid organization, will relocate its headquarters from New York City to Silver Spring is just another sign that the Jewish organizational universe is changing. Once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the agency has responded to the end of Jewish refugee immigration… Read More

Ahead of Her Time

Betty Waghelstein
(Submitted by Shelley Morhaim)

Glass-ceiling-shattering business woman Betty L. Waghelstein, former owner and president of Luby Chevrolet and Luby Honda, passed away Nov. 26 at Roland Park Place of complications from a broken hip. She was 89. Betty Arlene Luby was born in Denver to Sam Luby Sr., founder of Luby Chevrolet, and May Luby, a homemaker. She was… Read More

‘A Rabbi of Rabbis’

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LOS ANGELES — As a path-breaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation. “Harold Schulweis was widely regarded as the most successful and influential synagogue leader in his generation, a public intellectual who redefined what it is to be a… Read More

President Praises Community Efforts to Free Gross

December 17 remarks from President Barack Obama on the release of Alan Gross: “I wanted to begin with today’s wonderful news. I’m told that in Jewish tradition one of the great mitzvahs is pidyon shvuyim. My Hebrew’s not perfect. But I get points for trying. But it describes the redemption. The freeing of captives. And… Read More

Rabbis Face Off

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Two well-known D.C. rabbis squared off in civil court this week, resulting in the loser being virtually barred from George Washington University’s campus. “You can call up the president of the university and wish him Happy New Year,” was all Superior Court Judge Neal E. Kravitz said that Rabbi Yehuda Steiner, affectionately called “Yudi” by… Read More

Alan Gross Comes Home

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U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government for five years, returned home to Maryland Wednesday in what was dubbed by many as a Chanukah miracle. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who was informed Tuesday night by Vice President Joe Biden of Gross’ release, was at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County… Read More

Statement from Gross on Return Home from Cuba

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Upon returning home from five years of imprisonment in Cuba, Alan Gross had the following to say: “Chag Sameach.  What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America.  Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary and determined efforts of my wife of… Read More

American, Israeli Jewry Challenge Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi David 
Ellenson

A growing number of American Jews are challenging Israel’s chief rabbinate on issues of pluralistic religious freedom. With the Orthodox rabbinate’s strict rules governing matters of marriage, divorce, burials and conversions, American Jewish leaders, along with Israeli partners, are working to spur world Jewry to demand change, citing national security concerns in Israel, religious rights… Read More

Protesters at Pitt Disrupt Talk by Former IDF Medic

PITTSBURGH — Masked protestors wielding electronic noisemakers disrupted an event co-sponsored by a pro-Israel student group at the University of Pittsburgh on Nov. 24, necessitating the intervention of campus police and culminating with the removal and citation of one protester while others fled from the scene. Approximately a half-hour into the program — which featured… Read More