Letter To The United Nations

16 July 2013 Excellency, This morning, mortar fire shook the early quiet for the communities of Northern Israel. The fasting and prayers of thousands of Israelis commemorating the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av were interrupted by a barrage of mortar shells fired from Syria. At the same time, and in a grave violation of the… Read More

Israel Launches Information War Against Hizbullah

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If you click on the Israeli army’s new Hizbullah website, you will see a red and black logo that reads, “Hizbullah, Army of Terror.” The site is a combination of graphics, text and videos, all focusing on the Lebanese-based, Iran-proxy terrorist organization and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Na’srallah. One link refers back to what Israelis… 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

Orioles Deal for Jewish Pitcher Feldman

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For the second time in just seven months, the Orioles have tapped into Major League Baseball’s Jewish market. On Tuesday, July 2, the Orioles bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring pitcher Scott Feldman — one of 11 Jewish players currently on a major league roster — in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore parted… Read More

BaWOOF Atah Hashem

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It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some… Read More

Never Too Old

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Last Friday morning the Edward A. Myerberg Center was all about Mary Shofer. A day before Shofer’s 105th birthday, the fitness center regulars packed the workout area for a surprise birthday party. There were also family and friends and a variety of desserts and drinks. Countless photos were snapped. A reporter from a local news… Read More

Ready & Waiting

Danny Valencia says that even though he doesn’t have a starting role with the 
Orioles, he wants to 
contribute in any way he can. (Todd Olszewski)

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your… Read More

In The Neighborhood

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Beth El Congregation Rabbi Faith Cantor said that in an ideal Jewish community, everyone would attend synagogue regularly, and all parents would send their children to Hebrew school. But, in today’s transient, fast-paced society, Rabbi Cantor admits that is not always plausible. In many cases, and for many reasons, getting children to Hebrew school can… Read More

Quebec Official: Rosh Hashanah Election Date Not Discriminatory

A Canadian government minister who said the Jewish community receives “privileged treatment” denied that a 2016 election scheduled for Rosh Hashanah discriminates against Jews. “Give me a break,” said Bernard Drainville, the Parti Québécois minister of democratic institutions and active citizenship, in response to a reporter’s question about his refusal to change the proposed date… Read More