Mohammed Most Popular Israeli Name

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JERUSALEM — Mohammed was the most popular name in Israel in 2014. Some 2,650 Mohammeds were born in Israel in 2014, the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics said in a report released last week. The second most popular name for a boy was Noam, with 1,600 baby boys, though, according to the report, some 400… Read More

Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World By Seth M. Siegel Thomas Dunne Books, 352 pages

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Speaking from Austin, Texas, in between his 55th and 56th speaking engagements, author Seth M. Siegel laments how the Barnes & Noble retailer places his book in the wildlife section. There isn’t a single animal mentioned anywhere in the volume. “They have me in the wildlife section because they don’t have a context,” Siegel says…. Read More

Israel to Establish College in Arab Town

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JERUSALEM — Israel’s Council of Higher Education will vote on a call for proposals to establish a college for Arab-Israelis in an Arab town, the nation’s education minister said. “For the first time in the history of the State of Israel, we will establish a general academic college in an Arab town,” Naftali Bennett, who… Read More

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Morris Pancoe, with shovel, joins six other men at an unidentified groundbreaking ceremony, circa 1960. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

My Father’s Guitar and Other Imaginary Things By Joseph Skibell Algonquin Trade Paperback, 224 pages

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Perhaps Joseph Skibell’s unusual approach to life’s occurrences is related to his family’s unusual pronunciation of the truncated version of its European name. Americanized — sort of — Skibelski became, “against all orthographic convention,” SKY-bell, which, the author says, almost everyone mispronounces. The author also has experiences and views not always conventional, as shown in… Read More

2,000 Jewish Dancers Meet in Brazil

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RIO DE JANEIRO —Some 2,000 Jewish dancers from five countries attended Festival Carmel in Brazil, one of the largest annual Israeli folk dance events held outside Israel. Dancers of varying ages from Argentina, Brazil, Israel, the United States and Uruguay performed in shows and attended workshops, dance sessions, learning sessions and other activities held last… Read More

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Attendees of a Sinai Nursing alumnae banquet pose in this 1970 photo taken by Jerry Esterson. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/