Flute and Harp Duo Bring New Musical Works to Baltimore


A U.S.-native, Switzerland-based flute and harp duo, the Cochlea Duo, brings its classical music with a contemporary twist to An Die Musik this Sunday. The duo will be performing a concert of pieces that few have heard, including two pieces that were composed specifically for the duo. The two musicians met at an international school… Read More

Continuing Skirmishes with the Chief Rabbinate

Israel’s haredi Orthodox Chief Rabbinate has racked up a series of recent victories against those who want to expand the country’s religious freedoms. In the Jewish state, religious questions are also political, so Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acquiescence to the haredi side in the debate gives the Rabbinate’s narrow, inflexible approach the state’s stamp of… Read More

Isaacoff — Balser


Carl and Natalee Kaufman Balser of Silver Spring, Md., formerly of Baltimore, are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erika Laurie Balser, to Heath Brenton Isaacoff, son of Ross Isaacoff, also of Silver Spring, and Martha Isaacoff of Gaithersburg, Md. Erika is the granddaughter of the late Samuel and Arlene Rae Kaufman, and… Read More

Names We Should Always Remember Parshat Pinchas, Numbers 27:1-11

The story of the daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27:1-11) has all of the earmarks of a Jane Austen novel: the disenfranchisement and injustices borne by women surrounding the question of inheritance rights; the formal but respectful articulation of the grievances of those women; the dramatic and triumphant vindication of their plight and plea. The story… Read More

DNC Dealing With Chair Absence


With Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt resignation this week, the party now finds itself in search of a leader. Donna Brazile, the 2011 interim chair who preceded Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House of Representatives from Florida, is serving in the position again through Election Day. One name floating around party… Read More

Wells Fargo at Greenspring Shopping Center Robbed

The Wells Fargo in the Greenspring Shopping Center was robbed on the afternoon of Friday, July 22, according to Baltimore County police. Police were dispatched to the bank, located at 2847 Smith Ave., at 3:25 p.m. for a reported robbery. According to police, a suspect implied he had a weapon to a teller and fled… Read More

Another Van Hollen Defender

Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been unwavering in his support for the State of Israel. That’s why I was dismayed to read Brad Kauffman’s baseless attacks against him (“Democrats Must Be Held Accountable,” July 15). Van Hollen has consistently advocated for Israel’s security and qualitative military edge, championing American leadership to preserve Israel’s Jewish and… Read More

Israel Not a Partisan Issue

In his opinion piece, Mr. Kauffman does Israel no service by making the Jewish state a partisan issue (“Democrats Must Be Held Accountable,” July 15). Israel has supporters and unfortunately antagonists in both major parties, and if we care about quality of life and security in America as well as in Israel, we are most… Read More

Don’t Believe Hype: BDS Is Marginal at Best

Ever since the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel began picking up steam three years ago, its proponents have brazenly declared the movement’s inevitable triumph. In April, for example, a pro-divestment group at the University of Chicago issued a statement proclaiming that by the school’s student government passing a BDS resolution, the university… Read More

ORT’s Day Schools Offer Lifeline to Millions

As we mourn the passing of Elie Wiesel, we also worry for the future, how we will be able to remember the Holocaust without survivors and, in turn, how we can remind the world of this greatest of crimes and its consequences. But Wiesel’s compassion and insight were not limited to the Holocaust, although that… Read More