Syria: Facts on the Ground

The Baltimore Jewish Council continues to review important media stories regarding possible intervention by the United States in Syria. The attached material, we believe, will help provide an important perspective on the situation. Rabbi Ron Shulman President Arthur C. Abramson Executive Director 9 Questions About Syria You Were too Embarrassed to Ask>>  

Drama at BG Airport: Palestinian Driven Truck Runs Through Airport

Early this morning, at about 3:30, a stolen truck driven by two Palestinians from Jenin and Qalkilia ran through the security checkpoint at the entrance to Ben Gurion Airport. Emergency procedures were immediately set in motion and security forces dispersed throughout the field. The truck continued its rampage through the field, running through more checkpoints… Read More

Unlikely Allies

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“Azerbaijan is a friend of the Jewish people, of the Israeli people and of the American people,” said Elin Suleymanov, the Republic of Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States. “This is not just a coincidence. It is a conscious decision by the government of Azerbaijan and the people of Azerbaijan.” That was the message that… Read More

Mixed Identity

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A bold headline proclaims that young Jews are more likely than their parents’ generation to go to Jewish day schools and camps and yet are less connected to Israel and Judaism. But is that really the case? In a poll of 1,874 Jews conducted by Laszlo Strategies on behalf of Jerusalem U, 45 percent of… Read More

Understanding And Intuition

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As a girl in Seattle, Anne Bush evinced little interest in the Holocaust, even though her father, Harry, was a survivor whose mother, sister and brother-in-law had been murdered. But as a mother in Baltimore, by then known as Chana Staiman, she gradually was drawn to the period, spurred in part by her elder son,… Read More

Love Her Sew

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“Had it not been for my granddaughter, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Ellen S. Federoff, 63, of Randallstown. “I died two years ago,” she said. “My heart stopped, my kidneys failed, and I was in a coma. People told me that while I was in a coma, my daughter, Rose, was there. She took… Read More

Crafting the Sacred Horn

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The sound of the shofar is unmistakable — its loud, triumphant blasts can be heard throughout Rosh Hashanah services and during Yom Kippur when the fast is over. But that hollow, smooth, shimmering, resonant horn heard in synagogue took meticulous handiwork to transform from the crude horn of an animal to a majestic shofar. “They’re… Read More

Lesser Charges in Pikesville Shooting Dropped

Some charges against a Baltimore woman who is accused of harassing and attacking a young Pikesville couple were dropped in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Aug. 28. Stephanie Kamlot has two other cases pending against her in roughly two years of incidents. She is alleged to have placed razor blades under Pikesville resident Leah Efron’s… Read More

Israel Calls Up Reservists, Deploys Missile Defenses Against Syria

Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria. But an Israeli official briefed on a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet said the Jewish state believed the probability of it be targeted… Read More