An Arab-Israeli Rarity Anett Haskia is first Muslim to run for Jewish Home slate

Anett Haskia fared poorly in the Jewish Home primary, but she says party voters embraced her despite her background. 
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PETACH TIKVAH, Israel — Outside the Moriah Synagogue in this central Israeli city, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan. 14 primary for the Jewish Home party, a right-wing, modern Orthodox faction. Religious voters trickled in and out of polls in… Read More

Rocky Rosen Leaves behind lifetime of inspiration 91-year-old worked as a fitness instructor until weeks before his death

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (left), pictured with wife Ruth and JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann, worked at the JCC for more than six decades.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen may be gone, but his significant impact on his community and family can never be erased. From founding a camp to helping Russian families immigrate to the United States to helping people live healthy lives into his 90s, Rosen inspired and helped generations of people. The longtime JCC fitness instructor, teacher, philanthropist… Read More

Disgraceful Events

I have great concern for Beth Alexander and her twins (“Custody Battle in Vienna Generating International Uproar,” Jan. 27, online only). Husband Michael Schlesinger has not responded to letters from British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis regarding the case, and it also concerns me that the Chabad rabbi in charge of the children’s kindergarten has not… Read More

Magical Peace? Not Hardly

I am amazed how those who espouse the Labor Party and leftist view (“Call to Labor Party,” Your Say, Jan. 30) seem to think that a unilateral withdrawal from Yehuda and Shomron will lead to a magical peace with the Palestinians. It was the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza (aka Sharon’s Folly) that had led to… Read More

CUFI, Not J Street

I certainly prefer a pro-Israel organization such as CUFI, although Christian, for the most part to the so-called Jewish organizations that spout support for Israel but then release a barrage of anti-Israel propaganda against the Jewish state (“The Other Pro-Israel Lobby,” Feb. 3, online only). Christians United for Israel has been steadfast in supporting Israel… Read More

Orthodox Inclusion

I take strong exception to the JT’s article about children with special needs (“From Awareness to Inclusion,” Feb. 6). For many years, the Orthodox day schools in Baltimore have accommodated blind children, students with profound hearing loss, kids with Down syndrome, boys and girls on the autism spectrum and children with all types of learning… Read More

Flashback: Lydia Seidler

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Lydia Seidler, 23, of Pikesville is no stranger to summer camp adventures. The assistant manager of Quarry Wine and Spirits has spent summers at White Pine Camp in Ontario, Canada; B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pa.; Camp Betsey Cox in Pittsford, Vt; and three summers at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pa. What did… Read More

Summer Skill Building Camps promote inclusion, job skills with burgeoning vocational programs

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Like many 22-year-olds, Ben Nadis has somewhat murky career goals. Though he likes his job at the Kroger near his house in Farmington Hills, Mich., he doesn’t want to work there forever. Maybe he’ll be on TV instead, he jokes — he’s not sure. But Nadis isn’t like most 22-year-olds. He was born with developmental… Read More

First Person From litigating cases to lighting campfires

Isaac Mamaysky and his wife, Lisa, at Camp Zeke
(Courtesy of Camp Zeke)

“You worked in camp!?” My professor was befuddled. Admittedly, it’s a strange way to spend the summer after your first year in law school. Most of my classmates accepted summer associate and law clerk positions at various firms —that’s what you’re supposed to do. As a college student, I had told friends and family that… Read More

What’s for Lunch? Whether it’s gluten-free pizza, salad bars or chicken nuggets, camp kitchens keep kids happy

Campers are encouraged to make their own food choices at Camp Louise.

Adequate sustenance, one of our strongest creature comforts, can become even more important when a kid is away at camp, surrounded by all that is unfamiliar. That’s one reason many camps work to stay responsive to what kids like to eat, as well as address the growing number of special requests due to health or… Read More