‘Scandalous’ Climate activists welcome deal but rap Israel for ‘minimalist’ commitments

TEL AVIV — During last week’s climate summit outside Paris, the 195 delegate countries — including Israel — committed to implementing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving their goals every five years. The aim: Keep Earth from warming more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century. “This demands international… Read More

Keeping a Low Profile How the world’s longest-running Chabad house survives in Morocco

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Raizel Raskin’s office feels like a cluttered museum of Moroccan Jewish heritage. A photo from an old Jewish summer camp lies on the table. Another, of a rabbi meeting Moroccan dignitaries, hangs on the wall. Outside the door is a bookshelf filled with Hasidic tracts translated into Arabic. But the rest of… Read More

Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees

Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Two-State Solution: Not Going to Happen Now White House recalibrates Middle East peace push

Though he came into the presidency with great optimism of brokering Middle East peace, President Barack Obama’s time in office will not conclude with a two-state solution. In a phone call last week with reporters ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on Monday, administration official Rob Malley, the National… Read More

Meet the Press Edwards, Van Hollen talk Middle East

In separate phone calls with reporters, Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the leading contenders for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s coveted seat, answered identical queries submitted by the Baltimore Jewish Times and its sister publication Washington Jewish Week regarding the candidates’ stances on lobbying, Israel and the Iran nuclear deal. Both candidates said… Read More

Moving Forward Israeli Druze pursue new partnerships

Carrying the five-color flag of the Druze people, the four Israel Defense Force veterans worked the hotel ballroom, sharing their story and impressed upon whomever would listen the need for investment in the Israeli-Druze community. Esti Winter, an Israeli Jew who made aliyah decades ago, accompanied the members of the Druze Veterans Association to the… Read More

A Swing to the Left Will Justin Trudeau’s victory erode Canada’s support for Israel?

TORONTO — The election of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister represents the first change in Canadian government since Stephen Harper and his Conservatives assumed power in 2006. What is unlikely to change, however, is Ottawa’s robust support for Israel — a policy cemented under Harper, whose forceful backing of the Jewish state… Read More

World Zionist Congress Passes Green, Pro-LGBT Resolutions Baltimore delegate’s slate runs into dead end

Jim Schiller came out of the World Zionist Congress, held over two days last month in Jerusalem, empty-handed. Schiller, chairman of the Baltimore Zionist District, was one of seven  delegates on the Zionist Spring slate, whose platform called for greater  accountability in the World Zionist Organization and the appointment of leaders based on their qualifications… Read More