Delegate faces domestic violence allegation

Baltimore County Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) is scheduled to appear in Baltimore County District Court on Monday for a hearing on a protective order related to an alleged domestic violence incident. The first-term delegate sits on the Judiciary Committee, Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee and the Juvenile Law Subcommitte. Court staff said Jalisi… Read More

Blooming with Innovation

Dr. Tuvia Friling is researching the life of Baltimorean Dr. Joseph Schwartz, who according to Friling, is a forgotten hero in the history of rescuing European Jews. Friling will publish a book about Schwartz’s life next year. (Melissa Gerr)

The mid-winter board meeting of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev convened in Baltimore this month to discuss the research of BGU’s staff and even explore a deep, albeit mysterious, Baltimore connection as part of the organization’s “Blooming with Innovation” program. Dr. Tuvia Friling, a senior researcher at BGU’s Research Institute for the… Read More

Jewish Doctor Bids for Vitale’s Seat

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Emergency room physician Ron Elfenbein is bidding for the hotly contested state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left vacant when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was sworn in as a county circuit court judge appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan. Vitale resigned on Monday, Feb. 23 upon assuming the bench. According… Read More

A Funding Fight

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson hosts the media on Feb. 23 to discuss the need for a clean, full-year Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015. (Official DHS photo by Barry Bahler.)

As attacks on and threats levied against Jewish communities are on the rise around the world, a fight is raging in Congress over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. Now, Jewish communal officials and security experts in the United States are beginning to worry that the possibility of a departmental shutdown would strip… Read More

Lifelong Learning in Harford County Melton School expands to Temple Adas Shalom

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Over the course of four years, 27 adults in Harford County are aiming to complete 100 hours of Jewish learning. Through the expansion of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, now housed at the Macks Center for Jewish Education, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, in Park Heights, members of… Read More

Shomrim’s Watchful Eye Patrol group embraces community’s concerns, challenges

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For many in Baltimore’s Jewish community, a call to Shomrim precedes even a call to police when someone spots suspicious activity. The community watch group — one of at least three dedicated to protecting the bulk of the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore — is growing. “The organization is growing both in profile and community… Read More

Power Player Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu

Michael Oren, former diplomat and noted historian, may be the only American-born member of the next 
Israeli parliament.
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TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to translate a word into Hebrew for his assistant. It’s a bilingual bridge he has spanned in one capacity or another for decades, first as… Read More

Tough Question Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?

Secretary of State John Kerry is flanked by Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France at U.N. headquarters in Geneva following nuclear talks with Iran in November 2013. Some U.S.
lawmakers fear that a focus on fighting ISIS will distract from preventing a nuclear Iran.
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WASHINGTON — Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That’s the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to combat ISIS. Concerns about how best to shape such an authorization without empowering Iran — a concern shared by Israel — are… Read More

Investing for a Cause

Amid the seemingly ever-growing popularity of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, some in the financial and investment community are returning fire with an initiative of their own. “It just occurred to me, as I watched the divestment campaign unfold — when the Presbyterians divested, that was kind of the final straw… Read More

Hands-on Learning Day school students explore history and culture of Hispaniola

Breaking out of the normal school-day routine, Krieger Schechter Day School students did some serious hands-on learning with Caribbean flair. From Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, middle school students immersed themselves in the culture and history of the Caribbean, with a focus on Hispaniola, the island that is home to the nations of Haiti and… Read More