Omnibus Spending Bill Grants Billions to Israel

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With much fanfare and six different pens, President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014 last Friday, capping years of Congressional budget fights and officially alleviating the sequester cuts that last year began indiscriminately slashing government spending. The bill, negotiated by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and… Read More

Local Leaders Remember Sharon as Masterful Strategist

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As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who… Read More

Alice E. Krupsaw, 106

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When she passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 106, Alice E. Krupsaw was one of the less than .02 percent of people in the United States whose lives reach the century mark. But to family and friends, she was one in a million. A retired federal government worker, Krupsaw was a resident… Read More

Maryland’s State Sport Takes To The Holy Land

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Five teens — four boys and one girl — from Baltimore joined a select group of Jewish American lacrosse players for an international competition that took place late last month in Israel and Poland. Sponsored by the Israel Lacrosse Association, the U-19 [under 19] National program saw Lilly Pollak, Jordan Abel, Jake Gavilow and Max… Read More

Meet The Mayor

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Meet Itamar Shimoni. The new mayor of Ashkelon, 45, is the father of three children between the ages of 21/2 and 7. In late October, Shimoni beat out four-time incumbent Benny Vaknin. So what? “The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership has become one of the crown jewels among the long list of programs within The Associated and its… Read More

Warning Signs

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It’s a day he may never forget. And while it is painful to remember as well as to talk about, Dr. Jonathan Lasson, 42, a certified school psychologist for the Maryland State Department of Education, believes it’s a day that warrants memory, and a memory that must be shared. Oct. 4, 2012 began like any other… Read More

BREAKING: Israel, Jordan and PA Sign Historic Red Sea-Dead Sea Pipeline Agreement

Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, on Monday afternoon, December 9 in Washington DC, at the headquarters of the World Bank, signed an agreement on laying a water pipeline to link the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. The pipeline, which will take three years to complete, will help slow the drying up of the… Read More

Don’t Worry About It

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At a time when many in the Jewish community might be worried about their faith (rising numbers of Jews who say they believe in Jesus, declining numbers of young people who feel engaged in the Jewish community), Marcie Lenk, director of Christian programs for the Shalom Hartman Institute, has one thing to say: Don’t worry… Read More

For the First Time: A Hasmonean Building Uncovered In The City Of David

Researchers in Jerusalem discover a building dating back to the Hasmonean period.

In recent months, remains of an impressive structure from the Hasmonean period (second century BCE) have been unearthed in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Giv‘ati site, located in the City of David near the walls surrounding the Old City. Josephus wrote about Hasmonean Jerusalem, but it is only now that remains… Read More

Amit Pays Tribute To Longtime Volunteers

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Selma Mosgin has one distinct memory that exemplifies why she has volunteered with Amit for more than 50 years. On a trip to Israel in 1993, she visited several of the organization’s facilities, including a family residence where 11 troubled boys lived with a young couple. She remembers a peaceful scene with dinner preparations under… Read More