Kosher Slaughter Ban

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The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has a Jewish problem. In a painful affront to the Jewish community, it recently defeated a government initiative to reinstate the legality of kosher slaughter of animals. This prompted Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, to threaten resignation and triggered sharp criticism of the Sejm from Jewish… Read More

Obstacle Illusion

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Adam Grossman knows what’s at stake. One slip, one lost grip, one poor jump. That’s all it takes to be eliminated from contention on “American Ninja Warrior,” an all-around athletic contest that has aired on NBC, and its sister network, G4, since 2009. However, that demanding physical challenge is what keeps Grossman, 29, coming back… Read More

At Peace

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Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under… Read More

‘If We Didn’t Do It …’

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The July 26 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for, as the editorial put it, “an orderly… Read More

Attempted Spy Arrested In Israel

An ultra-Orthodox man, a member of the Neturei Karta sect in Jerusalem, was arrested in July on charges of attempting to spy on Israel for Iran. He apparently contacted the Iranian embassy in Berlin three years ago, offering to spy for them and stating he would, “kill a Zionist.” The Iranians supplied him with an… Read More

Crime Watch

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Over the last month there have been several incidents of rocks being thrown through car windows in Northwest Baltimore. One of these incidents turned into a media scene, when on July 17 a local Jewish resident was in his car, making a left from Gist Avenue onto Labyrinth Road, and a rock was thrown through… Read More

Bringing Music To The Needy

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Anyone who drives through downtown Baltimore has probably passed by the Perkins Homes. The six square blocks, which border Fells Point and Little Italy, are home to Baltimore’s largest public housing project. While most people likely keep their eyes on the road or play with smartphones as cabs drive them through, Baltimore native Kenny Liner,… Read More

City of Buenos Aires Sponsoring First Kosher Festival

The Buenos Aires city government is holding its first kosher products and Jewish culture festival. The Buenos Aires Celebrates Kosher festival on Aug. 4 will be held in Barrancas de Belgrano city park, one of the largest in the Argentinian capital. It is being organized by the city’s tourism agency and promoted by the Ministry… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

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Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
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Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood… Read More

Rabbi Shot In Southern Russia In Possible Anti-Semitic Attack

A Chabad rabbi working in southern Russia was shot and seriously wounded in what police say may have been an anti-Semitic attack. Unknown assailants shot Artur (Ovadia) Isakov, 40, on Wednesday night as he exited his car and headed into his home in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, according to… Read More