Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

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The 27th annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival runs at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts from March 22 to April 28, featuring 11 films with subjects that originate from France, Israel, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and the United States. Themes this year, both meaty and provocative, tackle Israeli/Palestinian relations… Read More

Radioactive Affairs

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The signs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference were emblazoned with the words “This is Israel,” but the overarching message to the record-setting crowd in Washington, D.C., was clear: Stop Iran now. On the first night of the three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, March 3, Brad Gordon, director of policy and… Read More

A Turn to the Right

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WASHINGTON — While thousands of attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference milled around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., awaiting a speech by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a who’s who of right-leaning pro-Israel leaders, donors and supporters filled the large main-floor committee hearing room of the… Read More

Soulful Sound

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As a promising young talent on the basketball court and the cello, 14-year-old Amit Peled found himself at a crossroads: He needed to concentrate his energies. Ultimately, he resigned himself to the fact that he’d never get the height needed for professional basketball like his idol, Miki Birkovich of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club,… Read More

Raise Hell Instead of Money

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday that she will not seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. There was “nothing gloomy about the announcement,” she said. “There’s no health problem,” and “I’m not frustrated with the Senate; the Senate will always be what the Senate is.” But, she said, “I had to ask myself who… Read More

Lifelong Learning in Harford County

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Over the course of four years, 27 adults in Harford County are aiming to complete 100 hours of Jewish learning. Through the expansion of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, now housed at the Macks Center for Jewish Education, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, in Park Heights, members of… Read More

Shomrim’s Watchful Eye

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For many in Baltimore’s Jewish community, a call to Shomrim precedes even a call to police when someone spots suspicious activity. The community watch group — one of at least three dedicated to protecting the bulk of the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore — is growing. “The organization is growing both in profile and community… Read More

Payback

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A federal jury in New York found the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) liable in a civil lawsuit over terrorist attacks perpetrated in Israel during the second intifada more than a decade ago. The jury at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan found the… Read More

Interfaith Success

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Four years ago, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School graduated its first class of students. This spring, the school, which though Catholic, benefits from a significant amount of Jewish funding, will celebrate the graduation of that first class from college. Dozens of Cristo Rey alumni will graduate with their four-year degrees in May, said Jessica Gregg,… Read More

Congregational Evolution

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Temple Emanuel of Baltimore moved into a brand new building in Reisterstown in 1995. By the early 2000s, the synagogue was approaching 400 memberships and expanded its footprint by building a two-story education wing. As time went on, the Reform synagogue’s numbers slowly shrunk to its current 218 memberships. (A membership can be an individual… Read More