Baltimore Resident Chanan Weissman Appointed as White House Liaison

Chanan Weissman, center, speaking with Jewish Federations Washington director William Daroff, right, and Jordan Hirsch. (Ron Sachs from CNP/Courtesy of Jewish Insider)

Chanan Weissman, a Baltimore resident and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School graduate, has been appointed as the new White House liaison to the American Jewish community. Weissman replaces Matt Nosanchuk, who stepped down last month, after almost three years on the job. Weissman previously served as the spokesperson for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy,… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes, released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Temple Emanuel May Become Part of Baltimore Hebrew Synagogues discussing BHC absorbing Temple Emanuel members

Temple Emanuel Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016.

One of Baltimore’s Reform congregations may absorb another as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Temple Emanuel are in talks about Temple Emanuel becoming part of BHC. While nothing is finalized yet, Temple Emanuel president David Beller said that Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016. “We have concluded… Read More

It’s a Deal? Kerry offers impassioned defense of Iran Accord as deal’s victory clinched

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech about the Iran nuclear agreement before an audience of several hundred assembled on September 2, 2015, in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

PHILADELPHIA — In what could have been the first leg of a victory lap now that the survival of the Obama administration’s key foreign policy achievement is virtually assured, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the birthplace of the United States Tuesday to lay out in the starkest and most comprehensive terms yet why… Read More

Bibi Speaks Out Netanyahu to American Jews: “Oppose this bad deal”


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed directly to the American Jewish community Tuesday afternoon to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran. The deal gives Iran two paths to a bomb, Netanyahu told the more than 10,000 people who tuned into the Web address put together by the Jewish Federations of North America and member organizations… Read More

Mid-Atlantic Media Announces New Affiliation with Iconic Philadelphia Newspaper


Mid-Atlantic Media, publisher of Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Jewish Times, announced today a new affiliation with the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Jewish community news staple is the second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the U.S. with a presence in 21,000 households each week. Under the new partnership, Mid-Atlantic Media will take over… Read More

Disaster Relief on the Way for Houston

Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, rabbi emeritus of United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, was among those who had to be rescued from their homes by watercraft after Houston was hit with heavy flooding, May 26, 2015. (Robert Levy)

It has been more than 36 hours after massive flooding crippled parts of Texas and Oklahoma and Jewish organizations in Houston are beginning to evaluate the impact of the storm in order to determine which areas are in need of assistance. “It’s hard to get the big assessment because people are still letting us know… Read More