A recent dispute among members of a predominantly Jewish country club over whether to offer President Obama membership has prompted wider debate about the limits of tolerant communities. Rockville’s Woodmont Country Club has said it will welcome the president, despite some members’ opposition to his Middle East policy. But the public spat has sent ripples through the local Jewish community at a time when religious and community leaders are emphasizing inclusiveness. Kojo explores the fallout from the dispute and learns how community members are viewing its meaning in light of the current political climate.


  • Jeffrey Slavin Mayor, Somerset, MD.
  • Robert Lehrman Adjunct Professor, American University's School of Communication; Author, "“The Political Speechwriter's Companion”
  • Greg Harris Head Rabbi, Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County

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