Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

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During the current conflict in Gaza, a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others have gone further by actively supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Many of these celebrities endorse popular brands and products. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem: Actors Penelope… Read More

Another Wartime Aliyah Airlift

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Despite tensions surrounding the war in Gaza, 338 new immigrants from the United States and Canada departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Aug. 4 on an aliyah charter flight to Israel. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency… Read More

Rock On at the Hard Rock Pier

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Recently, I was invited to enjoy happy hour “like a rock star” by my friends at the Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore at the recently opened Hard Rock Pier. Nestled by the front of Power Plant and the bridge that connects Pier 4 to Pier 6 at the Inner Harbor, the newest al fresco floating pier… Read More

Helmsley Trust Announces $1.75 Million for Israe

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will disburse $1.75 million in grants to two Israeli institutions that help children and adults with special needs and their families, the trust announced in a press release. Shalva, The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, will receive $1 million for a dining… Read More

Baltimore Foundation Announces Largest-Ever Grant

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The Goldseker Foundation announced the largest-ever grant in the local organization’s 39-year history: $1.5 million to the Baltimore Community Foundation. The grant will also benefit BCF’s affiliated entities — Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. “The Goldseker Foundation is very proud of its long-term support of BCF,” Sheldon Goldseker, chairman of the… Read More

Sderot Safer Than You Think

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As Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip drag into their second week, the Jewish Agency for Israel is claiming credit for doing its part to ensure that casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict remain a rarity. In an email to supporters, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky noted that while most… Read More

It’s Time for Rosé

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It’s summer, and it’s hot and humid days are already with us. It is time to stray away from Malbec, Cabernet and heavy drinks, and time to get cooled off with chilled, refreshing wines. I am most attracted to rosés in the spring and summer seasons. Rosés are a variety that is growing in popularity… Read More

Solar Panels for All

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Marking its 10th anniversary, the Charles Bronfman Prize announced that Canadian Sam Goldman, founder and chief customer officer at D.light Design, an international social enterprise, is the 2014 award recipient. Each year, the Charles Bronfman Prize — and an accompanying $100,000 award — is presented to a visionary and dynamic humanitarian under the age of… Read More

Is There Social Media in Heaven?

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Have you ever reached out on Facebook or Twitter to a loved one or friend who has passed away?  You know, posted something like, “RIP friend. You were the best (at whatever it is you did), and I’ll miss you.” I’m often perplexed at why people write these kinds of posts in a virtual environment… Read More

Always Amazing — Israel’s Innovations

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Every time I go to Israel I’m amazed at the innovations Israel’s entrepreneurs are creating. I had the pleasure to attend the annual Israel High Tech Incubator Conference and hear Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett extol the virtues of Israel’s high-tech incubator system, one of the best global breeding grounds for high-tech innovations and startup… Read More