Where Does The Name Ganei Ha’Ela Come From?

Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb’s new community is named for Emek Ha’Ela, the Ela Valley, which is situated just on the outskirts of Beit Shemesh, Israel. Emek Ha’Ela is where the battle of David and Goliath took place (Book of Samuel 17). The story is that Saul and his army were camped in Emek Ha’Ela when Goliath… Read More

How Much Does It Cost To Buy In Israel?

House prices and property demand are rising in Israel, fuelled by better-than-expected economic growth. In 2012, the average price of owner-occupied dwellings in Israel averaged $299,086. There is a range in housing prices depending on area. Tel Aviv has the country’s most expensive housing, with an average price of $516,056. Jerusalem is next, at around… Read More

WJRO Renews Call For Private Property Restitution In Poland

The World Jewish Restoration Organization (WJRO) launched a new website last month, polishrestitution.org, in an effort to renew its call for Poland to return private property stolen from Jews during the Holocaust or the subsequent communist era to its rightful owners. The new website provides detailed information about restitution; Poland is the only major country… Read More

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

1 bag (11.8 ounce) Green Giant Seasoned Steamers frozen backyard grilled potatoes 1 1/4 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (5 ounces) 1/2 cup cooked real bacon bits (from jar or package) 3 tablespoons milk 1 can Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet 1/3 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion… Read More

Berry-filled Shortbread Brunch Tart

11/2 cups Pillsbury All-Purpose Flour 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter,cut into 1/2-inch cubes (do not use margarine) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 cup Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Northwest Triple Berry Preserves 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature* 1 tablespoon coarse white sparkling sugar Heat oven to 375 degrees. In food… Read More

Honey Sesame Bagels

1/4 cup Smucker’s Simply Fruit Seedless Blackberry Spreadable Fruit 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup honey 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated Classic Pizza Crust 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1 egg white Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; spray with no-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, gently swirl spreadable… Read More

By The Numbers

The most recent campaign reports, from January 2013, show each candidate with the following: Doug Gansler: $5,204,693 Anthony Brown: $1,633,398 Heather Mizeur: $381,250 David Craig: $200,736 Ron George: $21,288 Charles Lollar: 2013 affidavit says contributions and expenditures will not exceed $1,000 Larry Hogan: No record Brian Vaeth: No record Ralph Jaffe: No record

Who Can Be a Safe Streets Program Participant?

Participants must have at least four of the following risk factors, but participants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis: • Gang/crew involvement — participant is thought to be a member of a gang or crew known to be actively involved with violence • Key role in gang or crew — participant is thought to have… Read More

Mondawmin Safe Streets Worker Barksdale Arrested

The neighborhood violence prevention program Safe Streets employs reformed offenders to stop the cycle of violence by acting as credible messengers to mediate dangerous situations on the street before they become violent. Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale was a Mondawmin Safe Streets worker and self-proclaimed inspiration for the Avon Barksdale character on HBO’s “The Wire.” Last week,… Read More

With Security Plan Pitched, U.S. Optimism On Peace Talks Not Shared By Israelis And Palestinians

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message, following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israel-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry accompanied… Read More