Finding Our Way Back

Editor-in-Chief

It took about a week for Freddie Gray to succumb to his injuries, about the time it took for his hometown of Baltimore to descend from high-minded protest to outright looting, destruction and violence. By Monday night, when this column was written, the Inner Harbor area downtown was practically deserted, the National Guard had been… Read More

My Vote, Our Israel

The second World Zionist Congress was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1898. (Public Domain)

The deadline is rapidly approaching on the other Israel election. April 30 is the last day eligible U.S. voters can cast a ballot for representation to the 37th World Zionist Congress, the legislative branch of the World Zionist Organization, which meets every five years to decide matters related to global Jewry and Zionism and oversees… Read More

At Home in the Lab

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BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) is spearheading a concerted nationwide effort to attract and retain more women into academia in those fields. The results from… Read More

‘Exit Berlin’ an American Story

“Exit Berlin” tells the story of American-born Arnold Hatch (above) and his German cousin, Luzie Hatch (below), as they try to help family 
still in Europe during World War II. (Photos Courtesy of Exit Berlin)

As director of the American Jewish Committee’s Archives and Records Center, Charlotte Bonelli is often offered collections of records and letters. They don’t always pan out, so when she was offered Luzie Hatch’s letters, her inclination was to pass. But at the urging of an estate executor, Bonelli took a look at Hatch’s collection. Hatch,… Read More

A-Plus for Israel

Editor-in-Chief

All too often, the news coming out of the Holy Land isn’t good. If it isn’t war, it seems, it’s terrorism. And if it isn’t a stunning military victory on the part of the Jewish state, it’s an ill-timed government decision being decried by the international community as undermining the potential for peace with the… Read More

Sense of Urgency

FBI Director James Comey (Photo United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Addressing the guests of the United States Holocaust Mem-orial Museum’s 2015 National Tribute dinner, keynote speaker FBI Director James Comey called the Holocaust the most significant event in human history. “It is of course significant because it was the most horrific display in the world of inhumanity,” Comey told the 1,000 donors, dignitaries and survivors… Read More

Legacy Lives On

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The band leader calls out, “Four, five, six, seven!” and the 20-piece ensemble springs to life with the opening bars of the iconic jazz number “Whiplash.” This Sunday evening, the Hank Levy Legacy Band will pay tribute to its namesake, Henry Jacob Levy, at Towson University, where he led the jazz program for 21 years…. Read More

Bridging Sounds, Bridging Cultures

Idan Raichel performs at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 22. (Provided)

Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel got the pre-tour jitters in anticipation for his American tour — changing the set list, figuring out how to incorporate his band into the performance and even tinkering with his own instrument. “I’ve been waiting for this tour for a long time,” he said. He decided to perform on a grand… Read More

Taking on the ‘Israel Lobby’

Richard Falk, professor emeritus at Princeton University, accuses the United Nations of being biased against the Palestinians. (National Press Club)

A daylong seminar — “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the U.S.? Is It Good for Israel?” — was convened last Friday to discuss the so-called Jewish lobby’s power to influence politicians on Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. Such perspectives are rarely heard, but a safe space was provided by the National Press… Read More

Post-Passover Palate

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Ah, Pesach! At first the matzah delights us with its spiritual symbolism and its culinary versatility: farfel, cake meal, matzah brei and more. But by the end of Pesach, we call out “Dayenu!” Enough with the matzoh. Time to return to our leavened life and cleanse our palate so that next spring our bellies pine… Read More