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  • Going to bat for every Jew

    3 weeks ago

    Last week, I traveled to Washington DC to join with a couple thousand pro-Israel activists to voice our deep concerns about the nuclear agreement with Iran. A few dozen of us met with our local Congressman Ted Lieu and were excited to hear that our calls and letters made a...

  • On Iran deal, Biden tells Jews, ‘I promise you it will be enforced’

    By Rob Eshman

    September 9, 2015 | 9:09 pm

    If the Jewish community can’t find a way to heal its wounds after the bruising Iran deal battle, it’s not because Joe Biden didn’t try.

    On Wednesday night, Sept. 9, the vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception for the Jewish community at their residence on...

  • How Moishe House is helping turn social lives into Jewish life

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 26, 2015 | 10:18 am

    “Are you all from Moishe House?” Ben Zauzmer asked as he approached a circle of about 15 young adults, all in their early to mid-20s, who were eating sandwiches on the lawn of the Silver Lake Recreation Center on a recent Saturday morning. They were, so he joined the group,...

  • AIPAC to fight White House head to head in battle over Iran deal

    July 17, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Cancel your summer vacations.

    That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal.

    With the influential...

  • Bipartisan panel, including onetime Iran deal defenders, urges improvements

    June 25, 2015 | 10:33 am

    A bipartisan panel of former government officials including some of the most steadfast defenders of the Iran-nuclear talks led by the Obama administration say the emerging deal falls short of a satisfactory plan.

    “We know much about the emerging agreement,” said the statement,...

  • Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

    May 22, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama has a message for American Jews: I don’t shy away from disagreeing with Israel publicly, because I care about Israel and our shared values.

    The president marked Jewish American Heritage Month with a speech Friday at Washington’s oldest...

  • Rand Paul promises to ‘take our country back’ in 2016 White House bid

    April 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid that he said would highlight the conservative principles of reduced government and spending as he vowed to break up "the Washington machine."

    The senator from...

  • One dead, one hurt as two try to ram U.S. spy agency gates

    March 30, 2015 | 11:24 am

    Two people tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency's entrance gates near Washington on Monday before guards shot one of them dead, officials said.

    The two, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to ram a sport utility vehicle into...

  • Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

    February 19, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands of...

  • Freundel set to plead guilty to voyeurism charges

    February 19, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, is expected to plead guilty to as many as 88 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea deal was announced in a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia to Freundel’s...

  • Speaking to American Jewish leaders, Netanyahu holds firm on Congress speech

    February 17, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Speaking to a group of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his intention to address Congress next month, despite calls for him to cancel the speech.

    On Monday night, Netanyahu told a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major...

  • Bibi must stop an Iran bomb even if it offends Obama

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 29, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    There is nothing wrong with an Israeli prime minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president. A nation that has experienced the world’s worst genocide just 70 years ago has not just a right...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    January 23, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Rabbi Barry Freundel fired by his D.C. synagogue, Kesher Israel

    December 1, 2014 | 10:09 am

    The board of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Washington synagogue, Kesher Israel, fired the rabbi and said he must vacate his residence by Jan. 1.

    Freundel had been on suspension without pay since his Oct. 14 arrest on voyeurism charges for allegedly installing secret cameras in the...

  • AIPAC holds fire as Iran deadline looms

    November 21, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet – the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international...

  • Israeli-American Council jumps onto national stage with a splash

    By Jared Sichel

    November 11, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    At the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC) three-day inaugural conference in Washington, D.C., last weekend, nearly 800 attendees and Washington journalists witnessed the high-profile entrance on to the public stage of what was, until recently, a quietly expanding and well-funded Los...

  • Three dead, including gunman, in shooting at Washington high school

    October 24, 2014 | 11:52 am

    UPDATE 10/27: Another victim, 14-year-old Gia Soriano, died on Sunday evening, an area hospital said.


    A student opened fire at his Washington state high school on Friday, killing one person, wounding at least four others and spreading panic among students who scrambled...

  • L.A. rabbi says mikveh at AJU is secure, calls Freundel scandal a ‘unique case’

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C. Orthodox rabbi was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for allegedly spying on women undressing at a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Rabbi Richard A. Flom, a Los Angeles authority on the mikveh [ritual bathhouse] and a member of the...

  • Dodgers’ Jewish phenom Joc Pederson gets first Major League hit [VIDEO]

    September 3, 2014 | 10:41 am

    It wasn't pretty – but the beginning of the Joc Pederson era began with a flare last night. With two outs, nobody on and a 2-2 count the young center-fielder hit a blooper over Washington Nationals' second baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera for his first major league hit. Watch the video below:

  • In Washington, Netanyahu brings sunny peace vision, dark Iran warning

    March 4, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

    The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, in insisting that any nuclear deal must...

  • Lapid urges Netanyahu to take a more cautious tone with U.S.

    December 3, 2013 | 9:26 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should take the heat out of his dispute with U.S. President Barack Obama, his top coalition partner said on Tuesday, warning that the spat over Iran was not helping Israel.

    Relations between Israel and Washington, traditionally the...

  • Keene, Kaliningrad and Riga: Confronting the memory of Kristallnacht

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    I travel for my work; I travel often -- my wife and children might say too often. Just before Chanukah, I was in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and then back home. A hectic schedule is of little interest, but what I experienced might be.

  • Eight chefs’ new Chanukah delights, one for each night

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide: Chanukah is celebrated for eight days by candle-lighting, gift exchanges and eating foods fried in oil, an ancient custom, commemorating a miraculous event at the Temple in Jerusalem, while the Thanksgiving meal reminds us of our...

  • Israel’s Peres warns against feud with U.S. over Iran

    November 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Friday to show respect for the United States, seeking to soothe relations with the country's most powerful ally that have been strained over Iran.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned a proposal, endorsed by Washington, to...

  • LivingSocial apologizes for party decorations following anti-Semitism complaint

    October 30, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The LivingSocial website apologized for a Halloween party it sponsored in Washington following a complaint that some of the decorations were anti-Semitic.

    LivingSocial, which offers discount deals at area businesses throughout the country, decorated its “greed” room with dreidels...

  • At J Street, giving Iran the benefit of the doubt

    September 30, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Amid the dramatic shift in tone in the U.S.-Iran relationship following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to the United Nations, Israeli officials are broadcasting a clear message: Be skeptical.

    But at the J Street conference in Washington this week, which drew...

  • At least 13 dead in shooting at Navy Yard in Washington D.C.

    September 16, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    At least 13 people were killed in a shooting on Monday at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, where one suspected gunman was among the dead and authorities were searching for two other possible assailants wearing military-style clothing, officials said.

    The exact number of dead and...

  • U.S. counterintelligence targets Israel with Iran and China, secret budget reveals

    September 4, 2013 | 2:39 pm

    The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013 for the 16 U.S. spy agencies was obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper reported on Aug. 29.

    The budget summary, formally known as the Congressional Budget Justification...

  • As peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies efforts to influence their outcome

    August 6, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his trips often coinciding with developments in the...

  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus.

    On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into...

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