‘Here We Are’ Protesters call for ‘Open Federation’ outside G.A. site

Calling for Jewish federations to end their support for organizations conditional on their “adherence to red lines around Israel,” 50 demonstrators organized by Open Hillel gathered Sunday outside the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, meeting at the Washington Hilton. The demonstrators, most of whom were in their 20s, said red lines such as… Read More

Meet the Press Edwards, Van Hollen talk Middle East

In separate phone calls with reporters, Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the leading contenders for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s coveted seat, answered identical queries submitted by the Baltimore Jewish Times and its sister publication Washington Jewish Week regarding the candidates’ stances on lobbying, Israel and the Iran nuclear deal. Both candidates said… Read More

Commandment No. 11 Technology provides myriad ways to convey, ‘No mom, I’m not lying in a ditch’

It’s universally understood that the first amendment to the Ten Commandments — perhaps not as grave as the other 10, but respected by Jewish daughters and sons just the same, and I am no exception — is Please, Call Your Mother. And my mother, now 85, has made it much easier for me to obey… Read More

‘Rough Night for Everyone’ Israeli filmmaker’s presentation draws protest at Goucher Hillel screening

Student protestors from the LGBT campus group TALQ Big disrupted a film screening at the Goucher College Hillel last week, claiming the event was ignoring larger issues about Israel. Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate Assi Azar was invited to Hillel to screen his movie “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,” which… Read More

A Plea for Unity Netanyahu, Herzog headline JFNA’s General Assembly

A hoarse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of Jewish community representatives at the Washington Hilton Tuesday that disagreements over issues as divisive as the recent nuclear deal with Iran should not undermine either communal unity or the Israeli-American alliance. “Maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance,” Netanyahu said at the… Read More

At Biennial Gathering, Reform Movement Expands its Tent

Vice President Joe Biden received a warm welcome from thousands of Reform Jews at a conference that saw the passage of the most comprehensive resolution on inclusivity and gender rights by a Jewish mainstream movement. Speaking Saturday before 5,000 Reform Jews at the 2015 Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism in Orlando, Fla., Biden… Read More

Filmmaker’s Presentation Met with Protest Israeli television personality Assi Azar screens film at Goucher College to mixed audience

Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted an Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate who had come to Goucher College last week to screen a film addressing how parents cope with their children coming out as gay. According to the Israeli speaker, Assi Azar, this was the first time in his U.S. tour promoting “Mom, Dad, I Have… Read More