Iconic Pushke Gets Upgrade

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The Jewish National Fund announced earlier this year a new version of its charity-collecting pushke — the Blue Box, as it is best known. Over the years, the Blue Box has been an iconic symbol for American Jews of their link to the Jewish state. “More than a century old, our little Blue Box is… Read More

2 Generations, 1 Goal

When I was growing up, the go-to act of generosity in our house was “put some money in the pushke.” No matter the occasion — illness, big test at school, job interview, Shabbat — my mom would always remind us to tie this act of micro-philanthropy to our important moments in life. I never knew… Read More

Three Cheers for City’s Embrace of #GivingTuesday

Telling Baltimoreans to embrace #GivingTuesday is like preaching to the choir. Perhaps more than any other city, and any other Jewish community, Baltimore has embraced the social media movement to change the conversation from consumerism to giving. Last year on Dec. 3 — #GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — the city raised $5.7… Read More

90 Years of ‘Proud’ History

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Central Scholarship, thank you for recognizing our first 90 years in “Still Going Strong at 90” (Oct. 10). Your article and timeline did a wonderful job explaining our history, of which we are most proud. We clearly recognize that this milestone is an uncommon accomplishment,… Read More

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Speak at Beth Tfiloh

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will speak to teenagers at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School on Friday, Nov. 7. Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 25 books, will give a d’var Torah to the entire high… Read More

Weinberg House Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dressed in their best, residents and staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House in Pikesville celebrated the planned senior community’s 20th anniversary Wednesday evening. The celebration began at 5 o’clock with hors d’oeuvres and alcohol-free “mocktails,” followed one hour later by speeches from those involved with Weinberg from the beginning and planned remarks from… Read More

Verbal Assault

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As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli prime minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

Is Jerusalem in Israel?

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All a 12-year-old boy born in Jerusalem to American parents wants is the right to list “Israel” as his place of birth on his passport. But at times during oral arguments Monday before the United States Supreme Court in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the debate swelled to include the government’s balance of powers as well as… Read More

Peres at Rabin Memorial: Ruling Over Others Against Jewish Values

Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin. “Peace has become a derogatory term. There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional,” Peres said last Sunday night to thousands of people gathered in Rabin… Read More

Ancient Russian Synagogues Rededicated

Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship. One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The renovation cost $2.5 million, which came mostly from the Russian-Jewish billionaire German Khan. Last… Read More