Wall-to-Wall

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At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer… Read More

To Washington

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I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the… Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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The statistics are staggering. A whopping 57 million Americans have disabilities, and 70 percent of those of working age are unemployed. RespectAbilityUSA, a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg, promises to change that state of affairs. “These grim statistics haven’t changed in decades. As a result, Americans with… Read More

Interfaith Families Survey

In response to concerns over the growing number of intermarried households and to a decrease in the affiliation of these families with the organized Jewish community, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Jewish Community Center have jointly launch an Interfaith Task force, co-chaired by Joel Fink, Kevin Keane and Chantelle Terrillion. The… Read More

Be Happy

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Betty Cherniak is happy. She defines her happiness as “the intersection of serenity and peacefulness.” And she has a chevra that feels the same way. Each Tuesday evening a group of about 10 to 12 Happiness Club members meet at the Enoch Pratt Library on Reisterstown Road across from Tov Pizza and Kosher Bite. Cherniak… Read More

Jewish and Arab Israelis: Different Perspectives

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An extensive survey released late last month indicated that Arab Israelis have become more extreme in their attitudes to the state and its Jewish majority, while Jewish Israelis have maintained their positions or have become more amicable to the Arab minority. On the surface, the statistics of the 2012 Index of Arab-Jewish Relations In Israel… Read More

UJA-Federation Of New York’s 2013 Annual Campaign Raises $145.3 Million

UJA-Federation of New York concluded its 2013 Annual Campaign on June 30th, raising $145.3 million, an increase of $8.6 million from 2012. Including bequests and endowments, $6.5 million raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $206.5 million. “This has been an extraordinary year of… Read More

Israel Launches Pilot ID Program Challenged In Court

Israel’s Interior Ministry began a two-year trial of its controversial biometric data program. Beginning Monday, Israeli citizens seeking to obtain or renew their national identity cards can choose to receive a smart ID card by submitting their biometric data, including fingerprints and facial contours. The pilot program will start in Rishon Lezion and Ashdod. It… Read More

Alvin Schiff, Jewish Education Pioneer, Dies

 Alvin Schiff, a pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, has died. Schiff died of unknown causes, Yeshiva University announced Monday. He was in his mid-80s. At Yeshiva University, he established and directed the Graduate School of Jewish Education in 1959, which later was renamed the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration…. Read More

Machzorim for Lund

In Baltimore, as in most American cities, wearing a kippah (yarmulke) is something we do as an expression of our Judaism. Many of us wear one all the time, as a part of our everyday life. Some wear one for specifically Jewish occasions (weddings, funerals, or when praying, learning or entering a synagogue). Although traditionally… Read More