Vandalism Strikes Portland Jewish Institutions

Two Jewish institutions in Portland, Ore. — a synagogue and a community center — were defaced with racist graffiti. “White power” was written in red spray-paint on promotional banners at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Neveh Shalom, a Conservative synagogue, on June 27, police said, according to The Oregonian. Both institutions are located in… Read More

Student Killed In Egypt Was Active In Hillel, Motivated By Peace

 Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region. “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

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I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope… Read More

NSA And The Jews

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The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the government gathers and stores data on the public’s phone and Internet use as part of the PRISM program in the name of national security has renewed debate on questions over security versus privacy in the modern world. For the Jewish community, questions about… Read More

Taxed & Overtaxed

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Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Over The Red Line?

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The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because… Read More

Meeting At Vatican One Between True Friends

Group photo of IJCIC members and Pope Francis. (PRNewsFoto/World Jewish Congress)

Citing the Declaration Nostra Aetate, and the teachings of Saint Paul, Pope Francis declared Monday, during his first official meeting in the Vatican with representatives of the Jewish community, that “due to our common roots, a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!” He continued, “The fundamental principles expressed by the Declaration have marked the path of greater… Read More

Hand In Hand

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev recently graduated its first class of Jordanian and Israeli students who completed a special joint-emergency medicine BA program earlier this year. The first graduating class at the Israel-Jordan Academic Emergency Medicine Collaboration included 54 graduates who spent three years studying emergency medicine and medical response. One part of the curriculum… Read More

Personal Connections

From left: Vadim Kashtelyan, Stephanie Hague, Ellen Goldman and Paula Farbman visit with a homebound Hesed client (center) who relies on The American Jewish Joint 
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Twelve communal leaders and two professionals from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore returned on May 26 from a mission to Baltimore’s sister city, Odessa, in the Former Soviet Union. The seven-day trip was in the works, according to Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Committee Co-chair Andrew Razumovsky, for upwards of nine months. “We tried to model… Read More

‘Can’t The Jews Have One?’

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  It was a tragedy that is hard to forget. In March 2011, a terrorist infiltrated the town of Itamar and slaughtered five members of the Fogel family, including a 3-month-old baby girl and two other children. The killings were discovered by 12-year-old Tamar Fogel. Volunteers from Israel’s emergency cleanup organization ZAKA, who arrived on… Read More