Tzedakah Amazon.com Style

A new online platform makes giving tzedakah as easy as buying a book on Amazon.com. It’s called jgives.com. “With the site they can give with just one click,” said jgives.com co-owner Jodi Samuels. Samuels said she and partner Allen Ganz founded the platform to give people the opportunity to send aid to worthy causes, Jewish… Read More

The Hard Reality Of The New Pew Report

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The latest study by the Pew Research Center put on paper a lot of what our communal leaders already knew. Intermarriage is on the rise (71percent of non-Orthodox Jews are intermarried) and younger Jews are opting out of ritual and affiliation (1/3 of Millenials identify as Jews of no religion). But it also reported other… Read More

Understanding J Street’s Policy

At the J Street policy conference, the organization unveiled what it is terming its 2Campaign, which is focused on defining what it means to have two states for two people. The organization plans to invest $1 million in this campaign in the coming year. As part of that, J Street outlined the four components it… Read More

Checking In on the Peace Process

While there is a strict gag order on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Ambassador Martin S. Indyk, lead American peace negotiator, did share some thoughts about the process during his talk at the J Street gala. He asked the rhetorical question, “What is different this time?” To this, Indyk said, No. 1 is that the key “enemies of… Read More

Soul Doctor

Soul Doctor , a set on Flickr.

Celebrating close to 25 years of the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership

Jonathan Kolker was the treasurer of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the early 1990s and was one of the first on the ground in the Former Soviet Union to assist with Jews who chose not to emigrate but rather to sustain their lives in Eastern Europe. Odessa was one of the first major… Read More

Journey Together Events

Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Ethan Bortnick Performs The Gordon Center For Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills Russian-born Ethan Bortnick, 13, began playing on a toy piano when he was 3. Today, this piano prodigy holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest musician to host a solo… Read More

Understanding the plight of Soviet Jewry before the fall of the Iron Curtain

How Many Soviet Jews Were There? In 1986, an averaging of figures by Western demographers suggests that there may have been 2 million to 2.5 million Jews in the U.S.S.R., making it the third-largest Jewish population in the world outside of the U.S. and Israel. In 1986, Soviet Jews represented approximately 65 percent of European… Read More

How The System Works

The Affordable Care Act mandated that states start their own health exchange systems or participate in a federal exchange. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) was created on April 12, 2011, as an independent, public corporation responsible for developing and operating Maryland Health Connection, the marketplace. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s nine-member board includes board… Read More