Diversity of Israel’s Supporters on Display at EMET Annual Gala

Written by Sky Adler on . Posted in Features

In his speech at the Endowment for Middle East Truth’s (EMET) gala dinner June 14, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer rejected the possibility of dividing Israel and the Palestinian territories into two separate states.

Dermer also underscored the imminent threat of a nuclear Iran, garnering support from religious Jewish and Christian conservatives at EMET’s 11th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC.

Supporting Israeli Soldiers With FIDF

Written by Atara Mayer on . Posted in Features

 Imagine what it feels like to plan and execute a mission on enemy ground despite heavy fatigue, working to maintain a level of physical fitness and mental readiness that would allow you to take action at a moment’s notice. Imagine what it feels like lead a troop of soldiers only one or two years your junior into battle in blistering heat or frigid cold, knowing that the lives of your comrades and of the people in your country hang in the balance, your successes and failures critical to their survival.

Caring for Captured and Wounded Enemy Soldiers: A Fundamental Core Value of the IDF

Written by Itzhak Brook on . Posted in Features

One of the greatest challenges of a medical corps team member is to care for captured and wounded enemy soldiers. I served as an army medic in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1967 Six Day War in the battle over Jerusalem, and as a battalion physician in the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the Sinai Desert. In both wars, I cared for many captured and wounded enemy prisoners.

Travel in the Service of Dictators

Written by Rafael Medoff on . Posted in Features

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman traveled to North Korea earlier this month, to meet with dictator Kim Jong-un, whom Rodman has called his “friend for life.” Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, for his part, has just returned from the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories, where he had only nice things to say about that totalitarian regime. And a delegation of prominent American wrestlers recently competed in a tournament in Iran, where they tweeted excitedly about the “warm reception” with which the regime greeted them.

JCRC Honors Trio of Local Leaders

Written by Briana Naiman Guest Contributor  on . Posted in Features

Three local leaders were honored Thursday night by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) for contributions to the greater Jewish community and advancing the JCRC’s mission by means of Israel advocacy, government relations, intergroup relations, and social justice.

Korach and the Wisdom of Crowds

Written by Rabbi Jonathan Gross on . Posted in Features

A parsha bears his name, yet a single line is all that is attributed to Korach.:“You have taken too much! The entire congregation is holy and G-d is within them, so why have you elevated yourselves over the congregation of G-d?”

Kids Kicking Cancer

Written by Fran Kritz on . Posted in Features

Some of the most effective non-profits in the world were started by people who turned their pain into light for others. That’s certainly the case with Kids Kicking Cancer, started in 1998 by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg of Detroit, Michigan after his two-year-old daughter died of leukemia.