In This Picture-Perfect Italian Town, Chanukah Is Celebrated Year-Round

It’s always Chanukah in the picturesque town of Casale Moneferrato in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Jews have lived in Casale Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community reaching its peak of 850 members at about the time Jews here were granted civil rights in 1848. The town still boasts one of Italy’s most… Read More

Why So Many African-American Basketball Players Love Israel

Chris Watson played four standout years of basketball at Niagara University, where he became one of the upstate New York school’s all-time leading scorers. So when the 6-foot-7 forward-center went undrafted by an NBA team in 1997, he set out to play on a professional level internationally. He played two years in Uruguay, then his… Read More

Conservative Movement Faces Allegations of Sexual Abuse

In the current awakening about sexual misconduct in the workplace, the Conservative movement is much like everyone else — processing the almost daily revelations while also not immune to the reach of the #MeToo movement, as one of their own has been swept up in allegations of sexual abuse involving minors. Last week, the United… Read More

Turnbull Says ‘Great Chemistry’ Fueled Running Mate Decision

The Women’s March in January was a watershed for Susan Turnbull. “After the Women’s March, all of us who are activists at heart looked at ourselves, ‘What can I do?’” said Turnbull, former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. “And I had been grappling with that for months when I met Ben and this… Read More

The Good Word at the Bible Museum Leaves Visitors Speechless

“It’s like Chuck E. Cheese and the Bible had a baby,” the guide told the visitors at the entrance of the Museum of the Bible. And the visitors, 17 supporters of an Israeli hospital about to begin a private tour of the latest attraction on the National Mall, saw that it was very good. Inside… Read More

After Surviving Harvey, Woman Distributes Needed Mezuzahs

As Hurricane Harvey swept over Houston, Chava Gal-Or counted herself lucky. The water rose up to her door and a little bit seeped in, but her home did not flood. However, many in the Reform synagogue where she works had it much worse: 29 families lost their homes — about 15 percent of the congregation’s… Read More

Homecoming Aims to Spark Renewed Interest from Notable Baltimoreans

Next fall, accomplished Baltimoreans will be returning to their roots. Baltimore Homecoming, an  interactive event planned for Oct. 3–5, 2018, will bring back some of Baltimore’s most esteemed alumni across all industries and sectors to learn, celebrate, engage and reconnect with the city that raised them and to connect with the people who are shaping its future. The… Read More

Levindale’s New President Hopes to Create ‘Sacred Space’ for Clients

Deborah Graves was recently named the new president and COO of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. She assumes the post Nov. 27. Graves comes to Levindale from Minneapolis, where she was senior vice president of client services at Duluth’s Benedictine Health Systems, an organization of Catholic senior care facilities in the Midwest. She is… Read More

The Internal Battle Parshat Vayetze

Deception is everywhere surrounding Jacob, a virtual dance of deception from which he cannot escape. He has been raised in a dysfunctional family, where his parents, Isaac and Rebecca, favor different children. He cannot trust his brother, Esau, who is his rival for affection, power and the ever-illusive birthright and blessing. In the end, Jacob… Read More