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Wearing a button in Hebrew on her lapel, Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis faced off against challenger Adrian Fenty at a Sept. 5 candidates forum at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. “I have a long, rich record of participation and support for causes that are important to members of the Jewish community,” wrote Jarvis in a letter passed out to the overflow crowd, “support that existed long before the opening of the Holocaust Museum or the release of Schneidler’s List.” Oy! Jarvis apologized for the blunder but failed to apologize for the misspelling of Tifereth Israel, a Ward 4 synagogue involved in a zoning fight with neighbors. Attendees, however, spent less time correcting Jarvis’ spelling than complaining that she’d sided against locating a religious school at Tifereth and a nearby temple. The candidate, in turn, dubiously accused Tifereth’s rabbi of hosting events at the temple that had people “in the streets at 4 a.m.” Elissa Silverman