Ex-Hamas official mum on his work for Israel

Hamas is a “nasty organization … a terrorist group responsible for the deaths of many innocent people, Palestinians as well as Israelis,” said a former official in that group who worked for 10 years as an undercover agent for Israel. “I fought to sabotage their operation, and I would fight [again] against them,” said Mosab… Read More

Exciting stuff for Italian wine lovers L'chaim

M&M Importers is a new kosher wine importer and négociant, offering high-end French and Italian wines. CEO Ralph Madeb is the driving force behind this venture. His business partner, David Motovich, is the numbers guy. They launched M&M in 2016, but did not begin selling wine until 2018 because, as Madeb put it to me… Read More

Congregants pete for who knows more about Israel

Three teams battled for who was most knowledgeable about Israel at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase recently. Dubbed Quizrael, the game was a twist on “Jeopardy!” with buzzers and answers in the form of questions. But instead of “Potent Potables,” the peting congregants took on Israeli pop culture, food, politics and history in celebration… Read More

Temple Emanuel Confirmation Class presents ‘Yearbook of the Fallen’ Video

Temple Emanuel’s confirmation class of 2019 spent the past few months working on the “Yearbook of the Fallen” which has the name and pictures of students killed by gun violence in 2019. On Friday, they spent the morning lobbying their ideas. WJW caught up with them after a meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) staff… Read More

No two dinner salads are alike

In my family, we have been consuming more salad-based meals this spring. Salads can be filling, flavorful, varied and delicious. Last week, we had salad with a protein four nights running, and it never felt monotonous due to the use of different dressings, varied ingredients and some creative rearranging of the same chicken. Honey Mustard… Read More

What is the traditional American Jew to do now? Forum

I consider myself to be a traditional American Jew. I am neither Orthodox nor Reform. I have a good upbringing in Jewish tradition and values but I live a secular-oriented life. I have a deep and I believe unshakeable mitment to a Jewish homeland in the State of Israel but I am deeply disturbed by… Read More

What is Israel?

At the May 19 Israel Fest at the Bender Jewish munity Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, we asked what was at the top of everybody’s mind.                   ?                                    … Read More

How to put the brakes on draconian state laws banning abortion Voices

Eighty-three percent of American Jews say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the Pew Research Forum found. And yet, women’s reproductive health care is under attack like never before — and women’s lives hang in the balance. The torrent of abortion bans raging through our country’s statehouses and eroding women’s reproductive freedom… Read More

Shining a light on addiction in Maryland

BALTIMORE — “I never thought I’d get married; I never thought I’d own a home; I never thought I would own a business,” said Owings Mills resident Michael Silberman, 35. “I never thought I’d help people.” The life Silberman leads these days would be unrecognizable to him 15 years ago. He is CEO and co-founder… Read More

Eric Fingerhut leaving Hillel, moving to JFNA

Hillel International announced today that its president and CEO, Eric D. Fingerhut, is leaving the Jewish student organization at the end of June to take over as president of the Jewish Federations of North America. Hillel’s current COO Adam Lehman will bee interim CEO, and Hillel said it was launching a national search for Fingerhut’s… Read More

Fifth measles case reported in Pikesville ZIP codes

Five measles cases have now been confirmed in Maryland, all within the 21208, 21209 and 21215 area codes outside Baltimore. The Baltimore County Department of Health said on Monday no new measles vaccine clinics are planned at the moment. The CDC now reports that “839 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states…. Read More

Will drinking make me a pool shark? L'chaim

It’s time once again to check my email bag for your wine and spirits questions. You can always reach me with your questions at lchaimqs@gmail.. I’m convinced that alcohol improves my pool playing, but my wife says I’m deluding myself. Is it possible that I’m right and drinking makes me play better? Whether you play… Read More


This year, Washington's July 4th celebration will be moved from the Mall and President Trump plans to make a speech from the Lincoln Memorial. Do you approve of the changes?