At Least 15 Reportedly Injured in Jerusalem Bus Explosion

JERUSALEM — At least 15 people are reported injured in an explosion Monday afternoon on a public bus in Jerusalem that is being investigated as a bombing or an engine malfunction. Two of the injured in the explosion on Derech Hebron Road, in the Talpiot neighborhood southern Jerusalem, are in serious condition. Police believe a bomb… Read More

BJC Advocates in Annapolis

More than 200 Jews from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis Tuesday for the state’s annual Jewish Advocacy Day — a day where constituents from the Jewish community meet with legislators to lobby for the legislation they hope to see passed in the current session, which runs through April 11. This included several members of the… Read More

Temple Emanuel May Become Part of Baltimore Hebrew Synagogues discussing BHC absorbing Temple Emanuel members

Temple Emanuel Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016.

One of Baltimore’s Reform congregations may absorb another as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Temple Emanuel are in talks about Temple Emanuel becoming part of BHC. While nothing is finalized yet, Temple Emanuel president David Beller said that Rabbi/Cantor Rhoda Silverman elected not to renew her contract, which expires on June 30, 2016. “We have concluded… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Council Names Howard Libit New Executive Director Libit to take position in May

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The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at a board… Read More

Filmmaker’s Presentation Met with Protest Israeli television personality Assi Azar screens film at Goucher College to mixed audience

Assi Azar, photo from A Wider Bridge, screen shot.

Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted an Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate who had come to Goucher College last week to screen a film addressing how parents cope with their children coming out as gay. According to the Israeli speaker, Assi Azar, this was the first time in his U.S. tour promoting “Mom, Dad, I Have… Read More

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Will Not Seek Reelection

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday morning that she will not seek reelection in 2016, saying she wants to devote her remaining time in office to the challenges Baltimore faces. “As I prepared to engage in a vigorous mayoral campaign and participated in planning meetings with my campaign team and volunteers, I came to the… Read More

Cardin Will Oppose Iran Deal

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On Friday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. The junior senator from Maryland wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, “This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal. The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to… Read More

Marvin Mandel Dies at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor died Sunday

Gov. Marvin Mandel at his 95th birthday party in May.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, died Sunday afternoon, according to reports. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov…. Read More

Schumer, Engel to Oppose Iran Deal

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY) ANNOUNCED HIS OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

Two of the most watched Jewish lawmakers in Congress announced they will vote to disapprove of the Iran deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) both said Thursday evening they had considered the issue carefully before their decision. “Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot… Read More