Protests Remain Peaceful on Wednesday

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A crowd of hundreds marched from Baltimore’s Penn Station to City Hall and back Wednesday evening, waving signs and shouting chants of “No justice, no peace. No racist police.” National Guard troops, Maryland State Police and Baltimore City Police stood behind barricades in front of City Hall and helped direct march and vehicular traffic. While… Read More

Jackpot!

From left: Alfred Moses, a former ambassador to Romania, and Robert and Bill Gottesman, of the Gottesman Fund, are applauded as Jewish Primary Day School officials announce that their gifts from Moses and The Gottesman Fund will enable Washington’s only Jewish day school to add a middle school. (Provided)

With a total of $21 million in gifts, the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital will finally get the middle school its parents have always wanted. “This is among the largest gifts to a Jewish Day School in the country,” said Adina Kanefield, director of institutional advancement at JPDS. The only Jewish day… Read More

The Jewish Community and Freddie Gray Protests

Thousands of people chanted and waved signs as they marched from West Baltimore toward City Hall Saturday afternoon, in a mostly peaceful demonstration to protest the alleged mistreatment and death of Freddie Gray and demand increased police accountability. Gray, 25, was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, and sustained severe injuries of unknown origin… Read More

Lighting the Way

In its first three days, the crowdsourced fundraising campaign for the Kosher Switch nearly met its $50,000 goal.

NEW YORK — It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, kosher — way to turn light switches (and, perhaps, other electrical appliances) on and off during Shabbat, circumventing one of the… Read More

Sense of Urgency

FBI Director James Comey (Photo United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Addressing the guests of the United States Holocaust Mem-orial Museum’s 2015 National Tribute dinner, keynote speaker FBI Director James Comey called the Holocaust the most significant event in human history. “It is of course significant because it was the most horrific display in the world of inhumanity,” Comey told the 1,000 donors, dignitaries and survivors… Read More

Taking on the ‘Israel Lobby’

Richard Falk, professor emeritus at Princeton University, accuses the United Nations of being biased against the Palestinians. (National Press Club)

A daylong seminar — “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the U.S.? Is It Good for Israel?” — was convened last Friday to discuss the so-called Jewish lobby’s power to influence politicians on Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. Such perspectives are rarely heard, but a safe space was provided by the National Press… Read More

Damage Control

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The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s Seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food — rather, they were bemused at how the restaurant owner’s stand in favor of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act was… Read More

The Struggle Continues

Ilya and Luba Tolkachov and their 22-month-old son live in a tiny one-room Kiev apartment, which they share with with Ilya’s mother. (Ben Sales)

KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old baby… Read More

Outnumbered!

American Muslims are expected to be more numerous than American Jews by the year 2035, according to a new study. 
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In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American Jews are leaving Judaism than non-Jews are joining the Jewish people. According to “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050,”… Read More

The Fight Is On

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) 
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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was defiant in his news conference Wednesday evening, telling the media and cheering supporters in both English and Spanish at a Newark hotel ballroom that he will fight the indictment brought against him by the U.S. Department of Justice earlier that day — maintaining his innocence as he has throughout the… Read More