BJC ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ by UN Resolution

The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday saying it is “profoundly disappointed” by last week’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States abstained from voting, a departure from its usual policy of vetoing any resolutions seen as too overtly critical of Israel. The BJC… Read More

Trump’s Israel Envoy Pick Shakes Up American Jewish Status Quo

WASHINGTON (JTA) -– Nearly six years ago, when President Barack Obama was set to elevate one of his top emissaries to the Jewish community to the Israel ambassadorship, Dan Shapiro asked for – and got – the endorsement of one of Obama’s fiercest pro-Israel critics. “Dan has always spoken to us, patiently and carefully explaining… Read More

Protecting Israel’s Coastline

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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