Washington

Mikvah-Peeping Rabbi Appeals Prison Sentence

07/12/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Barry Freundel is appealing the length of his prison sentence for filming women nude at a ritual bath.

How Green Is My Capital

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

It can take days — maybe a week, if you’re on the scenic route — to see all of California’s major cities. But next door in Washington State, Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma are all within a drive of less than two hours.

Washington’s state capitol also serves as an art gallery and a popular park. Wikimedia Commons

If They Hate Washington So Much…

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the latest Republican to declare he hates Washington so much that he is prepared to spent billions of dollars – of other people's money, naturally – to win a four-year lease on government housing and become the personification of Washington and government.

Prominent D.C. Rabbi Comes Out

Adas Israel’s Gil Steinlauf: ‘I am a gay man.’

10/07/2014 - 20:00
JTA

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf struggled for decades with an identity that he only acknowledged publicly this week.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Adas Israel Rabbi: ‘I Am A Gay Man’

10/06/2014 - 20:00

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf struggled for decades with an identity that he only acknowledged publicly this week.

History, yes. Respect, well …

06/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A rose by any other name, wrote Shakespeare, would smell as sweet. A rabbi by another name is an infinitely more complicated matter.

A Presidential Blessing

06/05/2012 - 20:00

 Last week, I had the honor of sitting at a table with the President of the United States in the Roosevelt Room at The White House.  President Obama and his Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew, wanted to hear from Conservative rabbis from around the country.  It was a meeting I will remember for the rest of my life.

Rabbi Daniel Greyber at the White House.

On Peter Novick, Albert Abramson, and the Death of Two Feuding Holocaust Figures

This week brought news of two shocking deaths: the first of Albert Abramson, 94, an important figure in building the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  And then there was Peter Novick, 77, an historian who wrote a withering attack of the Holocaust’s undue influence on American Jewish identity.  The two would probably have had little to agree

Goodbye, or 'those 24 years sure went by quickly'

Okay, my secret is out: I'm retiring after 24 years on this beat for the Jewish Week (please hold your applause and your decaying vegetables). It seems like the right time to reflect on the changes I've seen in the Jewish world and Jewish politics during that period.

Many of the activists I met way back in the day are still toiling in Washington, and some of the issues that preoccupied them more than two decades ago are still in play, while others are long forgotten. How many remember the Lautenberg Amendment? In 1987, it was on the lips of most Jewish leaders.

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