A Political Breakfast

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Some 500 religious Jews crowded into a Potomac synagogue Sunday morning for kosher deli food and the opportunity to schmooze with 50 local elected officials and candidates — only two weeks before Maryland’s June 24 primaries. The inaugural OU Advocacy-MD Legislative Breakfast, organized by the public policy arm of the New York-based Orthodox Union, took… Read More

A Lack of Human Respect

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As JT reporter Simone Ellin was putting the finishing touches on this week’s cover story — an examination of the battle to make the American college campus a safer one for its students — news broke of yet another school shooting, purportedly the 74th nationwide since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. This time, a… Read More

Breaking Ground

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On Sunday, June 1, the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Towson and Goucher celebrated the official groundbreaking for the organization’s new building. The new location will allow the expansion of programs at a time when both Towson University’s and Goucher College’s Jewish student populations are growing, according to Rabbi Mendy and Sheiny Rivkin, who currently… Read More

Aspire to Educate

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Looking back at the just-concluded holiday of Shavuot, it’s hard not to remain in awe at the magnitude of the event it commemorates. The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is remarkable not just because it embodies a link between the physical and supernal realms. What stands out when contemplating this seminal moment in… Read More

Opening the Tent

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By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews… Read More

An Israeli Olympic equestrian?

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YAGUR, Israel — The crowd was sparse and admission was free. Pop music from 10 years ago blared from loudspeakers. A few families sat on bleachers near the athletes, who hopped over a low fence when it was time to compete. The Israeli Equestrian Championships wasn’t the most obvious place to look for an accomplished… Read More

Stevenson University President Reports from Israel

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A major reality check came for Kevin Manning when a young mother who lives on a moshav near the Gaza Strip spoke about what everyday life is like with rockets flying overhead and a constant sense of fear for her family. “When she goes to Jerusalem and tells them they don’t have to be afraid,… Read More

For us, the ‘core’ is tradition

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What would the world be like without standards? Never mind the fact that standards imply so much more than legal dictates and cultural norms, and that because “the way we do things” also encompasses familial customs and passed-down wisdom spanning ages, such a theoretical world would be practically impossible. If we were to philosophize, like… Read More

Jewish Agency Helps Ukranian Olim with Flights to Israel Amid Airport Battles

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol,… Read More

Jewish Trainer’s Horse Wins Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out before his bar mitzvah after a case of… Read More