Breaking The Cycle

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When Americans think about Israel, what generally comes to mind is the Western Wall, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict andthe Iranian nuclear threat. What many people are not aware of is that 1.8 million Israelis live below the poverty line — 860,000 of whom are children. Nonprofit organization Meir Panim is working not only to feed hungry… Read More

Initiation By Fire

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For Rabbi Ari and Shira Neuman, new Torah educators for the University of Maryland’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, the past couple of months have been a whirlwind. In July, Shira gave birth to their first son, Moshe, and in August they moved from New Jersey to College Park to begin… Read More

Jew in the City’s Top 10 Orthodox Jews

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Baltimore’s Anne Neuberger was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Orthodox Jews in 2013 by the New York-based organization Jew in the City (JITC). Neuberger serves as director of the National Security Agency’s Commercial Solutions Center and heads the nonprofit organization Sister to Sister. “If there’s one religious girl out there who says… Read More

Vicki Almond Announces Run For County Councilwoman, District 2

Vicki Almond (center, red jacket) announced that she will run again for County Councilwoman, District 2.
Source: David Stuck

At an upscale event at the DoubleTree Pikesville, Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond told a crowd of hundreds that she will again run to head up District 2. After speeches by multiple public officials, including one by Sen. Ben Cardin, Almond said she is running again because she cares about the community. “I am out… Read More

Prisoner Release Agonizing For Terror Victim Families

David and Yaron Friedman, holding a picture of Guy, a relative that was murdered by Palestinian terrorists.
Source: Tazpit News Agency

  Outside Ofer prison, near Ramallah on Monday night, thousands of demonstrators gathered to protest the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners – all convicted of murdering Israelis – in the second stage of confidence-building measures led by Washington for the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. At least 3,000 people demonstrated, chanting “Jewish blood is not cheap.”… Read More

‘A Genius Who Transcended Rock’

Lou Reed dies at 71.

  Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the front-man for the band Velvet Underground, as well as a solo artist, died Sunday, Oct. 27. Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, was 71. He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse. A cause of death was not made public. Reed,… Read More

Obama Names Three To Holocaust Council

A former JTA president, an LGBT activist and a member of the AIPAC national council were named to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. President Obama on Thursday named Elisa Spungen Bildner, John Farahi and Dana Perlman to the council, which oversees the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Bildner, a past JTA president, is a… Read More

Five Jews Violently Attacked In Sydney

Five Jews were hospitalized after being beaten in what was described by an Australian Jewish leader as the worst incident of anti-Semitic violence in Sydney in many years. Eight males, mostly teenagers, reportedly taunted the religious Jews — four from the Behar family — with slurs as they were walking home in suburban Bondi from… Read More

IAF Attacks In Gaza Following Rockets Fired On Southern Israel

After rockets and mortars were fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists early this morning, the Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked two concealed rocket launchers in the Northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed, an IDF spokesman announced. Earlier this morning, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. One rocket was intercepted by the… Read More

‘Dream Like An Artist, Dress Like A Banker’

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What do classical music, deep-data mining, devotion to Judaism and family and commercial real estate have in common? Gilbert Trout. Speaking very modestly, Trout attributes his talents and successes to genetics and by referring to the remarkable life of his grandfather, Arthur Jacob, who was an entrepreneur ahead of his time, who saved his family… Read More