Iran Oversight Advances

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In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its chief sponsor, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked an important first test of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin’s ability to negotiate the… Read More

Out in the Open

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It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to deny same-sex couples their right… Read More

Mimouna 5775

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With red fezzes perched on their heads and sweet treats in hand, Baltimore Jews marked the end of Passover with a Mimouna celebration. Nearly 150 community members attended the Sunday event co-sponsored by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation and the Baltimore Zionist District and supported by a Jewish Education Enhancement Project grant from the Macks Center for… Read More

Pondering the Future

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Whether it be through parties, free food or even stipends, Jewish college students are being constantly courted by a number of different campus organizations at almost every local college. The organizations doing the courting? They’re not fraternities or sororities, they’re the many Jewish organizations vying for students’ attention. Towson University and Goucher College each have… Read More

Living Life Out Loud

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Michelle Shaivitz is a doer. She is a mother, wife and community activist who attacks problems with passion. “I am a huge believer in don’t complain about anything unless you’re willing to do something about it,” she said. “I have a lot of sayings that I live by, most of which, I stick them around… Read More

A Walk with Purpose

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At first, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland was a place for Owings Mills residents Rose and Jeffrey Karlan to find resources and support, as their newborn son, Harrison, underwent dialysis for two nonfunctioning kidneys beginning three days into his life. In a short period of time, the foundation became a source of comfort and… Read More

Did They or Didn’t They?

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) sits with President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office in March 2014. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Experts on intelligence matters in the United States are brushing off last week’s allegations from anonymous Obama administration sources alleging Israeli espionage concerning the multilateral nuclear negotiations. Scholars such as Michael Makovsky at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) dismissed the allegations, first published in The Wall Street Journal, and accusations that Israel… Read More

Changing the Way We Teach

From left: Joseph Gelula, Noah Green and Barak Widawsky. Being pro-Israel means “I want Israel to exist,” Gelula said. ( David Holzel)

You would be hard-pressed a decade ago to find any mainstream Jewish organization including Palestinian narratives as part of its Israel education efforts. And yet, those perspectives are an integral part of the Israel Engagement Fellowship, a seminar sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington…. Read More

Too Hot To Handle

Electric hot plates are a mainstay in 
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In the wake of a horrific fire caused by a faulty hot plate that claimed the lives of seven children in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., observant Jews are re-evaluating how they warm food during Shabbat and holidays. Here in Baltimore, community members gathered at the Park Heights JCC on Monday night for a… Read More

The Changing Face of Poverty

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A little more than a year ago, Mrs. Y and her husband were both employed full-time. They were able to pay their bills, including the mortgage on their Pikesville home, and support their teenage daughter and baby boy. But in February, with her human services employer downsizing quickly, Mrs. Y lost her job. Her husband,… Read More