Jerusalem Light Rail Under Attack

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JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the city’s diverse neighborhoods. No more. It has become the symbol of a city under attack. On July 2, 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir… Read More

Jews By Choice

For one Baltimore woman, the high cost of Washington, D.C., rent spared her a conversion experience with now-infamous Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested last month on charges of voyeurism. “He made it clear he was the best person to convert with, and really the only option in the entire Maryland- D.C.-Virginia area,” said Adina,… Read More

Right in Our Backyard

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Nearly 3,000 participants from 124 communities, including 1,000 first-time attendees, will gather at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County beginning Sunday to discuss today’s pressing Jewish issues, including rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Jewish life on college campuses, Jewish education in North America and the ongoing conflict… Read More

Out of the Loop

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In 2012, when Rita Kaufman Grindle’s now 17-year-old daughter Maura wanted to join her North America Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) group on an Eisen-drath Israel Experience (EIE) program, Grindle sought financial assistance from The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The Annapolis resident and member of… Read More

Small but Strong: Jews in Western Maryland

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With its claim of being the oldest continually operating synagogue in Maryland and the only one in the city of Cumberland, B’er Chayim Temple, thanks to the perseverance of its small but dedicated community and generous funding from the Sara (Feldstein) Ridgway and John Ridgway Trust, is celebrating its 150-year-old structure’s much-needed facelift with a… Read More

Down to the Wire

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In less than one week, Marylanders will pick a new top executive for the first time in almost a decade. Both Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican candidate Larry Hogan have spent the past month making their final push to for the Nov. 4 election. Although Maryland is historically a blue state, predictions… Read More

Just Like Adam and Eve

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TEL AVIV — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant Nanuchka, saw a television news… Read More

‘Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue’

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Most of us first hear this title phrase in the book of Deuteronomy. No words better capture the work I have strived to do as a legislator in the Maryland General Assembly or the legacy I hope to leave as your next attorney general. As a child, I watched my father stand up to Joe… Read More

Let’s Bring ‘Common Sense’ Back to Maryland

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As a candidate for Maryland attorney general, I believe the voters should have an opportunity to know more about me as well as to understand why I am running for this office, and to gain a perspective in what can and will be accomplished during my term. I was raised in Baltimore City and attended… Read More

Cardin, Franchot Endorse Jalisi

This time, the endorsements are real. Unlike a flurry of so-called endorsements of District 10 delegate candidate Hasan “Jay” Jalisi in the days leading up to the June 24 Democratic primary that were quickly denied by the politicians supposedly making them, high-ranking officials are now backing the Democrat despite lingering questions over his residency. Jalisi’s… Read More