Protecting Israel’s Coastline

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When Israel comes to mind, it typically evokes thoughts of the country’s rich history or the ongoing conflict in the region today. Few may think in terms of its natural resources, namely its coastline and access to the Mediterranean. But those resources were front and center on Nov. 17 when EcoOcean partnered with the National… Read More

Baltimore Firefighters Help Battle Blazes in Israel

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When a rash of wildfires spread in Israel last week, a group of Americans were ready to drop everything and head overseas to help the Jewish state. “The motherland called,” Capt. Scott Goldstein of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company said via email from Israel. “Outside of America, there is no other country on the planet… Read More

Election Never Far from Federation Assembly

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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

At Top Israeli University, Students Favor the Least Flawed Candidate in US Election

From left: Maor Seri, Ahmed Fahoum and friends hanging out on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus campus, Nov. 6, 2016. (Andrew Tobin)

JERUSALEM – As Americans prepare to elect their next president, Israelis are watching. Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the country’s most prestigious institutions of higher education, are probably paying closer attention than most. On Sunday, the day before the start of fall classes for most of the students, the Mount Scopus… Read More

Biden Reflects on Nature of Politics and Greatness of Peres ‘That’s what Shimon did, he touched your heart’

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN REMEMBERS SHIMON PERES AT ADAS ISRAEL CONGREGATION IN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY.
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Vice President Joe Biden is known for saying what’s on his mind. Sometimes, this works against him, but other times this penchant results in resounding philosophical nuggets. Biden offered one of these Thursday at a Jewish community-sponsored memorial for Shimon Peres, and in the process paid tribute to the former Israeli prime minister and president… Read More

Hogan in Israel: Commonality with Maryland in Cyber Security and Defense

MARYLAND GOV. LARRY HOGAN PRAYS AT THE WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM ON FRIDAY DURING HIS TRADE MISSION TO ISRAEL. PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made stops last week at iconic Jerusalem sites such as Yad Vashem and the Western Wall during his weeklong trade mission to Israel. “It was just a very emotional experience to see the faces and to hear the voices of victims of the Holocaust, one of the darker chapters in history,”… Read More

Shimon Peres, Israeli Founding Father and ‘Soul of Israel,’ Dies at 93 1923 - 2016

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Shimon Peres, the last of the founding generation of Israel’s leaders and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Wednesday morning (Israel time)  after a career in public service that spanned seven decades. Peres was 93. Peres served as prime minister twice and was president from 2007 to 2014. He played an instrumental role… Read More

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

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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

Hogan to Visit Israel This Month

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The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland/Israel Development Center Maryland announced Wednesday that Gov. Larry Hogan will be making a trip to Israel from Sept. 19 through 26 for a mission to promote bilateral trade investment. Accompanying Hogan will be about 35 people including Baltimore Jewish Council president Abba Poliakoff; Michael Friedman of the… Read More

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