‘The Ship That Launched a Nation’ 70 years after the voyage of Exodus 1947, one man’s passion leads to Haifa memorial

Seventy years ago, a ship once almost abandoned for scrap launched from Baltimore’s harbor to start a six-month journey to Europe, where it would pick up thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing the wreckage of World War II and take them to Israel. The ship was called Exodus 1947, and this month, largely as a result… Read More

Two Area Conservative Rabbis Find Themselves on a ‘Blacklist’

At least two area Conservative rabbis found their names on a so-called “blacklist” compiled by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate rejecting their 2016 letters confirming people’s Jewish identities for aliyah. In order to get married in Israel, Jews must first have their Jewish identity confirmed by a rabbi according to Jewish law. The rabbi then sends… Read More

Dividing Wall Baltimore rabbis sound off on Kotel conundrum

Many Jews of the Diaspora and in Israel are in an uproar following the announcement on June 25 that plans to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall have been formally frozen by the Israeli government following pressure from haredi organizations. A compromise agreement to create this space at Judaism’s holiest site was… Read More

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