Shanghai’s Jews

The Jewish refugee history of Shanghai will be the topic of choice at the eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration on Sunday, May 18. “We always think West,” said Rabbi Marvin Tokayer. “We don’t think of Jews being in Bombay or Shanghai.” Tokayer, who spent two years living in… Read More

Ambassador Sounds Alarm

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power used a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to call for Americans to confront injustice and genocide throughout the world. “We must confront the problem at its roots by taking a stand against all crimes of hate, all violations of human rights and every assault on… Read More

A New Approach

Every year, as part of Sociology 230, “The Holocaust and Global Racisim,” Michael Sanow, a professor at the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville, commemorates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a special program. His students attend, and students and professors from other classes are also invited. This year, Sanow asked Fred Katz, a sociologist,… Read More

Fate of Five Girls Hangs on Circuit Court Case

An international custody case in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City will determine if five Israeli-born girls between the ages of 5 and 14 will return to their birthplace and live with their father or remain in Baltimore with their mother. Yocheved Weiss, the girls’ mother, is suing Yoel Weiss for custody. While there was… Read More

Turning Tradition Upside Down

It takes a special someone to challenge the status quo, to fight against accepted norms and to succeed in the process. Perhaps that’s why there’s so few really great politicians, the committed public servants whose contributions to society are justly rewarded at the ballot box. Maybe that’s why we honor the Bill Gateses and Steve… Read More

What is the Presidents’ Conference?

Last week’s vote against admitting the dovish pro-Israel group J Street into the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations may not have surprised many. J Street, with its adamant call for a two-state solution and its criticism of the Israeli government’s settlement policy, puts it to the left of most of the 50… Read More

Innovation Gives Us the Edge

The people at the BASF Corporation — “We don’t make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better” — were really on to something when they came up with their tagline. In two sentences, not only did they sum up their business, but they tapped into… Read More

Fallen Heroes Remembered

A year after her little brother’s death, Shelly Brezicki said her family still thinks about Gene Kirchner every single day. “We had Gene’s unveiling yesterday,” Brezicki said on April 28. “Every day, we remember that Gene’s not here.” Her brother, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, was just 25 when he died eight… Read More

Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions

More than 100 protestors lined the sidewalk in front of the Baltimore County Council’s offices on Washington Avenue in Towson, holding signs with pictures of dogs and cats and shouting call-and-response chants. “Who kills our dogs and cats?” a woman shouted, to which the crowd answered, “Baltimore County bureaucrats!” The April 21 protest was organized… Read More

A Golden Opportunity

For the first time since the event was founded in 2000, the Greater Baltimore JCC played host to more than 700 middle school athletes, their families and their coaches for last Sunday’s Junior Maccabi Games. The young athletes, ages 10 to 12, competed in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and table tennis at the Owings Mills… Read More