Britain’s Labor Party Suspends 50 Over Anti-Semitism, Racism

Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is no stranger to controversy, having called Hezbollah and Hamas members his friends. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Britain’s Labor Party reportedly has secretly suspended 50 of its members in the past two months over anti-Semitic and racist comments. The suspensions by the party’s compliance unit were reported in the British daily The Telegraph on Monday, May 2, citing a senior source within the party. Up to 20 members have been suspended in… Read More

Protecting Lives Parshat Acharei Mot, Levitcus 16-18:30

“You shall keep My laws and My rules; and live by them; I am God” (Leviticus 18:5). I am delving into this line because Jewish clergy are being asked this week to speak out on the issue of domestic abuse in our communities. “Domestic abuse occurs in the Jewish community at the same rate as… Read More

Emanuel Legacy Lives On at Baltimore Hebrew

Temple Emanuel’s former home on Berrymans Lane in Reisterstown. (Screen shot from Google Maps)

After several months of discussion, the deal is done: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation will absorb Temple Emanuel and its membership, sacred objects and other resources. “Temple Emanuel has had a wonderful place in this community, and we’re honored to embrace much of that legacy and welcome its members,” said BHC Rabbi Andrew Busch. “While never the… Read More

You Should Know: David Greisman

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David Greisman, 34, is following a boxing writer’s dream. While the Columbia native continues his day job in media and communications, he is steadfastly honing his craft as a boxing writer. When you were growing up, did you want to be a sports writer? I liked all of the local teams, and I watched the… Read More

Administrative Changes at Bais Yaakov

After 36 years at the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Rabbi Mendel D. Freedman, principal of the elementary and preschool division, will retire at the end of this school year. “His 36 years of masterful leadership is virtually unmatched in Jewish education. Rabbi Freedman has led the elementary and preschool divisions for many years of… Read More

Boos? What Boos?

In “Biden, Kerry Defend Administration’s Legacy at J Street Event” (April 22), the JT made the highly misleading statement that Biden “was booed at the AIPAC Policy Conference” in contrast to the applause he received at J Street. I attended the AIPAC Policy Conference and was present during the vice president’s speech. I heard no… Read More

Simply Put, Anti-Israel

The JT drastically understates the issue in “Blaming the ‘Liberal-Left’” (April 29). The self-described progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the U.S. and similar parties in Europe aren’t so much soft in their support for Israel as they are anti-Israel. You can see this on university campuses, at meet-and-greet events, at donor receptions. It… Read More

Embracing Coexistence

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Religious freedom is a bedrock principle of American life, so much so that we frequently defer to houses of worship and other religious institutions, granting them exceptions from taxes and many workplace regulations. The freedom to worship as one pleases, enshrined in the First Amendment, is intimately linked with the freedoms of speech and of… Read More

Congregation’s Dream, Neighbors’ Headache Chabad Synagogue Battle Reminiscent of Cases Around State, Country

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As Rabbi Velvel Belinsky heads into the second round of hearings over his proposed Chabad synagogue in Pikesville, rabbis and attorneys from the Baltimore area and beyond are reminded of a myriad of similar cases in which it was community versus synagogue or mosque or church. Chabad synagogues throughout Maryland and the country have faced… Read More