Going It Alone

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Back in February, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of the consequences facing Israel if the American-led peace talks between the Jewish state and its Palestinian neighbors fell apart. He alluded to the growing strength of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and worried that should peace fail, Israel would find itself isolated… Read More

Sharfstein Joins Hopkins School of Public Health

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Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will… Read More

With the Rockets, A Loss of Tourist Dollars

JERUSALEM — There was a time in the not so distant past when a visitor to Jerusalem’s high-end outdoor Mamilla Mall just outside the Old City’s Jaffa Gate would strain to hear Israel’s native language of Hebrew. Among the throngs of people perusing the jewelry stores, fashion houses and art galleries during the height of… Read More

FAA Lifts Ban on Israel Flights

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Late on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its ban on flights by American carriers in and out of Israel. The FAA “worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks… Read More

A Communal Responsibility

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Three decades ago, faith communities across the Southwestern United States, seeing as their moral duty to protect the downtrodden and vulnerable from what they saw as an almost certain death sentence, decided to break the law and harbor illegal immigrants who had arrived from Central America. Moved by a sense of humanity and an anti-establishment… Read More

Boys’ Night Out

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The grills were fired up and the strong smell of Scotch filled the air on a recent Sunday, as approximately 150 Jewish men spent the evening with the Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Living and Learning to “raise the steaks.” Literally. Raise the Steaks II, held at Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan’s private Baltimore estate,… Read More

Words of Wisdom

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South African novelist Nadine Gordimer died July 13, in Johannesburg at the age of 90, Reuters reported. The author of more than 30 books, Gordimer was one of the literary world’s most influential voices against apartheid, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991 for her novels and short stories that echoed life and emotion… Read More

JCC Employee Charged

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A JCC Aquatic Center employee has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor after telling an undercover detective posing as a juvenile that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with two teenage boys, according to Baltimore County Police. Charles David Beaver, 58, of the 3000 block of Main Street in Manchester, was held… Read More

Eclectic Sounds Come to Baltimore

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Oregon Ridge Park will host international reggae stars, guitar virtuosos, bluegrass heavy hitters and bigtime indie rockers this summer. The Believe in Music Festival on July 26 and the Hot August Music Festival on Aug. 16 bring diverse, multigenre lineups featuring up-and-coming local bands, national acts and internationally renowned artists. The inaugural Believe in Music… Read More

Ground Incursion Hits Home

Jordan Low, a 2013 Beth Tfiloh graduate, was hospitalized for smoke 
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The human cost of Israel’s ground incursion in the Gaza Strip hit close to home in the United States this week, with a Beth Tfiloh graduate hospitalized and Jewish communities in Los Angeles and South Texas losing members in the fighting. Among the wounded was Baltimore native Jordan Low, a 2013 graduate of the Beth… Read More