Baltimore Teen Elected International BBG President

Baltimore’s Rebecca Sereboff was voted international N’siah (president) of B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), the sorority component the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, at the BBYO’s International Convention in Dallas last month. Rebecca, 17, is a lifelong Reisterstown resident and a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. She attended Krieger Schechter Day School from kindergarten through eighth grade… Read More

What Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick as secretary of state, could mean for the Jewish agenda

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, an energy company large enough to have its own foreign policy. It is a policy, however, that doesn’t always align with the priorities of Jewish and pro-Israel groups. Oil companies have clashed in the past with… Read More

Anti-Semitism Abroad Not Yet at 1930s Level But ‘Bleak’ Nonetheless

Jewish journalists met with members of the Obama administration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the State Department for a briefing on worldwide anti-Semitism as well as U.S. efforts to secure reparations to Holocaust survivors. The meeting was arranged by the American Jewish Press Association, which held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month. During… Read More

Election Never Far from Federation Assembly

The General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America got underway in Washington, D.C., Sunday with Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, telling the 3,000 community activists and staff how the world has changed since he last addressed the G.A. in 2014. “Since we last met, the world has… Read More

Does Trump Want to Scrap the Iran Deal? If so, This is How He Does it

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the… Read More

Fleeing Anti-Semitism in France, an African Jewish Family Makes Aliyah

As a Jewish family originally from the Ivory Coast, Amy and George Camara and their four children felt somewhat immune to the rising anti-Semitic thuggery in France. The Camaras, relieved to leave their war-torn African country, settled in the northern French city of Lille in 2012. Because they fit no one’s Jewish stereotype, they said… Read More

Why Uzbekistan’s Jews Already Miss the Iron Fist of Their Late Ruler

BUKHARA, Uzbekistan — Driving through this dusty desert city of many ornate and ancient mosques, Shirin Yakubov recalls the ruthlessness of her country’s recently deceased president of 25 years. “He killed all of them, every last one,” she says of Islam  Karimov’s role in the 2005 police massacre of hundreds of suspected Islamists in the… Read More

Israelis Bring Art, Diplomacy to Balkan State

Kotor, Montenegro, a town in on the Adriatic coast, was the scene this month of an effort to strengthen relations between the Balkan state and Israel. In an act of cultural diplomacy, Israel’s foreign ministry teamed up with a Montenegro-based American Jewish businessman to exhibit the work of two Israeli artists — one a Jew,… Read More

5 Feel-Good Stories from Israel That Will Echo into the Jewish New Year

The Jewish state has nearly made it through another Jewish year and, as always, there was plenty to kvetch about in 5776. But Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to take stock and celebrate. Before the shofar blowing begins, here are five Israeli stories from the past year worth trumpeting. Expect them… Read More