Measles clinic targets adults

With a fourth confirmed case of measles in Baltimore this week and concern that travel between there and the Washington area during Passover could aid in the spread of the highly infectious disease, Orthodox organizations here held a free vaccination clinic on Monday. About 250 people came to Young Israel Shomrai Emunah synagogue in Silver… Read More

Silver Spring-born IDF soldier now in rehab and ‘minimally conscious’

Netanel Felber, an IDF soldier who grew up in Silver Spring, is “minimally conscious” following a terrorist attack in December. His mother, Judi, said in a telephone interview that Netanel, 21, has bee more reactive to stimuli, although it is unclear if he is aware of it. “He responds sometimes and he reacts sometimes. He… Read More

Doing good on Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day brought out thousands of members of the Washington area’s Jewish munity on April 7 to work on hands-on volunteer projects at about 75 sites. The eighth annual Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Washington Jewish Week was a media sponsor.

Seidel stepping down as Tifereth Israel rabbi

Rabbi Ethan Seidel, who has led Tifereth Israel Congregation in Washington since 1992, said he will step down as the full-time rabbi in 2020. The synagogue has begun to search for a new rabbi, according to Stan Dorn, president of the Conservative congregation. Seidel announced his retirement in the synagogue’s March newsletter, saying that he… Read More

Schiff not closing book on Russia investigation

“Pencil neck” is not the worst of it. President Donald Trump’s most recent sobriquet for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the Jewish chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence mittee, is almost affectionate considering some of the other things that Trump has called his nemesis, including a scatological take on Schiff’s last name. And considering… Read More

Ukraine’s new president is a Jewish edian

Ukraine is set to bee the only country besides Israel whose president and prime minister are both Jewish. edian Volodymyr Zelensky’s dramatic lead in exit polls Sunday — in many of them he received more than 73 percent of the vote — was so overwhelming that it prompted a concession of defeat by incumbent Petro… Read More

Kosher sushi to debut in Silver Spring next month

Montgomery County locals will soon be able to enjoy sushi at an area kosher sushi bar. Sushi 7, will operate inside Nuthouse Pizza in Silver Spring, according to Nuthouse co-owner Michael Chelst. The sushi bar, which is scheduled to open on May 15, will be owned and operated by Harold Wilner, owner of the kosher… Read More

Lawsuit alleges long-running sexual abuse at Washington Hebrew preschool

Eight families whose children attended the Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Early Childhood Center are alleging in a lawsuit that their children were sexually abused by an assistant teacher for more than two years and that the preschool, through its own negligence, allowed it to happen. Filed Monday evening, the lawsuit claims that Jordan Silverman, an assistant… Read More

D.C. synagogues bar the unvaccinated

Amid a spreading measles outbreak that is hitting certain Jewish munities particularly hard, two Washington synagogues are taking measles prevention into their own hands. Ohev Sholom — The National Synagogue and Kesher Israel, both modern Orthodox congregations, last week announced that they will prohibit families who choose not to vaccinate their children from entering. According… Read More