Paratroopers, Jewish Museum Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War

It wasn’t easy for three Israeli septogenarians to embark on a 16-day, seven- city tour of America. But a photograph taken 50 years ago forever transformed the former paratroopers into proud icons for the Six Day War and Jerusalem’s independence. The men in David Rubinger’s photo — Tzion Karasenti, Dr. Yitzhak Yifat and Chaim Oshri… Read More

Israel’s World Cup Lacrosse Team Has Baltimore Connection

From July 12 to July 22, a number of Baltimore natives will be competing in the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guildford, England as members of Team Israel, which will be playing in the competition for the second time. The Israeli women’s lacrosse program has not been around for long. The first national team was… Read More

Egyptian Ambassador Talks Middle East Stability, Two-State Solution

Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda spoke about peace and conflict in the Middle East — including the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians — and mostly evaded any strong statements or criticisms of both his home country and the U.S. at the World Trade Center Baltimore on April 27. The event was hosted… Read More

This Canadian Model Is a Comedy Sensation in Israel

TEL AVIV — Renny Grinshpan is a Canadian Israeli with shaky Hebrew. Yet in the past several months, she has become famous in this country for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture. Millions watch her Facebook videos — and she is recognized on the street. “Renny, can I get you something?” a slightly star-struck waiter… Read More

AIPAC Gets Back to Basics Pro-Israel lobby features diversity of voices, bipartisanship

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements. After years of growing affinity to Republicans in Congress… Read More

Jewish Defense League Counter-Protests Turn Violent Outside AIPAC Conference

Counter-protests led by the ultra-right wing Jewish Defense League turned violent Sunday outside the AIPAC conference in downtown Washington, resulting in two arrests. Tensions began when close to 1,000 protestors from the leftist group IfNotNow arrived at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There, 20 or so people carrying Israeli flags and yellow flags with… Read More

Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation Maryland's anti-BDS bill draws strong support, opposition

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up. Gonzalez, 28, of Baltimore, is an active community member and educator… Read More

Focus on Middle East at JCPA

There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering in Washington this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Bannon put it last week. At a session an hour later, Bannon was a man of the people who “has been… Read More

Sanders Brings Down the House at J Street 'Occupation runs counter to fundamental American values'

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a hero’s welcome at the J Street conference in Washington today for a speech that suggested that the way forward for the left is to double down on progressive values. Toward the end of a wide-ranging address that touched on President Donald Trump, the Iraq War and climate change,… Read More