The Makings Of A Mission

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore earlier this summer unveiled new mission, vision and value statements — not too dissimilar from what the organization had on its website before. But there is a change. The vision statement now states clearly that The Associated “will secure the resources necessary to address the evolving landscape of… Read More

Cool To The Core

Mayim Bialik is co-chair of CORE18, a new cutting-edge fellowship for Jewish leaders ages 19 to 25.

They are calling it “cutting-edge.” They are looking for innovation. They are hoping to find young people who have talent, passion and a desire to make a difference in the Jewish world. They – the leaders of Jerusalem U (formerly Jerusalem Online) – are the founders of a new social entrepreneurial boot camp for select… Read More

Invaluable Initiative

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Masa Israel Journey and the Israel Action Network recently launched their inaugural Masa-Israel Action Network Fellowship, in which alumni of long-term, immersive Masa Israel programs gain insight about the State of Israel advocacy in the United States and receive tools to help them counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in their communities. The goal of… Read More

Syria: Facts on the Ground

The Baltimore Jewish Council continues to review important media stories regarding possible intervention by the United States in Syria. The attached material, we believe, will help provide an important perspective on the situation. Rabbi Ron Shulman President Arthur C. Abramson Executive Director 9 Questions About Syria You Were too Embarrassed to Ask>>  

Mixed Identity

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A bold headline proclaims that young Jews are more likely than their parents’ generation to go to Jewish day schools and camps and yet are less connected to Israel and Judaism. But is that really the case? In a poll of 1,874 Jews conducted by Laszlo Strategies on behalf of Jerusalem U, 45 percent of… Read More

Rosh Hashanah In The Park

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Temple Isaiah in Fulton is moving its popular Rosh Hashanah family service outdoors this year to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Last year, the Howard County congregation’s afternoon open-to-the-public family service at the temple drew close to 200 people. Now, the congregation is trying its hand at what’s called “Public Space Judaism.” “It’s really meant… Read More

Anti-Semitic Attacks In Belgium Highest Since 2009

The number of anti-Semitic attacks reported last year in Belgium reached its highest level since 2009, according to an annual report. Anti-racism volunteers registered 80 anti-Semitic incidents throughout Belgium in 2012, according to a report released this month by the Antisemitsm.Be watchdog group. The figure represents a 23 percent increase over 2011. The 80 attacks… Read More

Latest Police Moves Keep Stability In The Community

Baltimore City Police has promoted a former captain who oversees the Northwestern District and has brought in a new captain, as well. Marc Partee, formerly a captain, was promoted to major, and Capt. Byron Conaway joined the forces. “You’re basically just ramping it up,” Partee said. “You have two operational guys — myself and the… Read More

Sharansky To Reveal Full Western Wall Plan In Two Weeks

 Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is expected to release his full plan for a compromise among religious groups at the Western Wall in two weeks. Sharansky, according to Haaretz, aims to release the plan before the end of August. Upon announcing the release plans, he said “if we have an agreement on a solution for… Read More

Arab Idol’s Residency Is More Than Just An Address

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians… Read More