Moishe House plans second Northern Virginia site

Six years after Moishe House opened its hub for young Jewish adults in Arlington, the international organization plans to expand into Fairfax County. The first step will be to identify people to bee residents of the new house, said Ben Romaner, Moishe House’s manager of expansion. Then, the organization will work with the mitted residents… Read More

Graham calls for security agreement with Israel

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship to a pro-Israel audience in Washington on Wednesday. Israel is America’s friend, due to “shared values and mon enemies,” said Graham, one of several speakers at the Endowment for Middle East Truth’s annual dinner, which drew 400 people to the Grand Hyatt Washington. He… Read More

$200,000 in grants to aid women and girls

Sixteen groups were awarded $200,000 in grants for programs that focus on women and girls. The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington, which aims to change the lives of women and girls, announced the grants on June 3. The grants will go toward “increasing women’s voice through leadership and advocacy, freeing women from violence… Read More

Gleaners pick up, deliver fresh produce to Fairfax shelters

About 20 years ago, John Baer decided to make an impact in his munity. So he got fellow members of Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax to volunteer weekly to bring fresh produce to local shelters. The group calls itself Gleaners, a biblical reference — think Ruth gathering leftover corn in the fields for her mother-in-law… Read More


Will Israelis move to the Golan Heights to live in the new munity called “Trump Heights”?

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Free tuition works for Gaithersburg religious school

Last fall, Kehilat Shalom in Gaithersburg took a gamble. With religious school enrollment dropping, but costs remaining the same, the Conservative synagogue decided to make tuition free for students in kindergarten through second grade. With the school year over, Rabbi Charles Arian said he’s happy with the results. What began as a school with 10… Read More

The life of a food critic from Greenbelt

Phyllis Richman and Todd Kliman’s experiences growing up as members of Mishkan Torah Synaoguge couldn’t be more different. Richman and her family helped to build the synagogue, while Kliman didn’t begin Hebrew school until he was nearly 10 years old. Yet, somehow the two both became successful, and nationally acclaimed food critics. Nearly 140 people… Read More

Takoma Park considering after-film discussion of ‘The Occupation of the American Mind’

The city of Takoma Park postponed last week’s screening of the controversial film “The Occupation of the American Mind” while it arranges a post-film discussion. But the Jewish munity Relations Council of Greater Washington, which criticized the film as “extremely one-sided and does not present an accurate picture of the overall Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” is hoping… Read More