Israeli Rescue Teams Take Off for Philippines

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In response to Typhoon Haiyan, which plowed through Asia over the weekend, leaving in its wake massive destruction and scores of wounded and dead, two Israeli rescue groups reached the Philippines Monday. The preliminary teams have been tasked with assessing the situation on the ground and deciding what the necessities are in preparation for the… Read More

‘We Want To Hear From You’

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Ten years ago, when Michael and Susie Gelman chaired the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North American in Israel, the focus was on security and solidarity. Susie Gelman remembers that it was during the second Intifada, a time of terror attacks, and many American Jews were staying away from Israel. The GA brought… 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

Out Of Fear

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Rabbi Steven Schwartz said he speaks about Israel all the time — in the context of his sermons, in his adult education classes, in Torah study sessions. “I don’t know how you cannot,” he said. But it appears that Rabbi Schwartz — and many of Baltimore’s local rabbis who responded to the question, “To what… Read More

A Sense Of Pride

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Forty-three percent of Israeli Jews consider their lives “so-so,” according to the 2013 Democracy Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 6. The annual report, which takes the pulse of Israeli Jews and Arabs, was conducted between April 8 and May 2 and included 1,000 respondents. According to the IDI, the maximum sampling… Read More

‘Highs in the Low Fifties’

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“I’ve always been the kind of person who sees the humor in something, and what these events — we won’t call them relationships —seemed to have in common, they had a strong ludicrous element,” said Marion Winik of her latest book, “Highs in the Low Fifties, how I stumbled through the joys of single living”… Read More

School Bus Flips Over on Greensping Avenue

A school bus en route to Pikesville Middle School with 10 students overturned Friday morning on Greenspring Avenue, according to Baltimore County Police. Five children and the bus driver, a woman, were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said. The bus flipped in the 10800 block of Greenspring Avenue, near Hillside Drive in… Read More

Analysis: Our Time To Lead

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The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the… Read More