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

Hogan to Visit Israel This Month

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

Clinton Pledges Support for ‘Strong’ Israel in AIPAC Speech

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday told close to 18,000 Israel supporters at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., that if elected, she would “never allow Israel’s adversaries to think a wedge can be driven between us.” Speaking at the Verizon Center, the former senator and secretary of state eliminated any daylight between… Read More

AIPAC Plans to Battle Iran as Conference Begins

Vice president Joe Biden on Sunday night addressed an AIPAC policy conference that was divided on the extent of the strength of the Obama administration’s support for Israel. Speaking at the Verizon Center to the pro-Israel lobby’s annual gathering, Biden quoted Irish writer James Joyce and poet William Butler Yeats, as well as Zionist father… Read More

Loud and Clear! BBYO’s Baltimore message of social justice resonates with Jewish teens

More than 2,400 teenage Jews from around the globe came to Baltimore last week and were spurred to action by the words of NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks, who told them the future was in their hands. “We have a generation that is not prematurely pessimistic, not prematurely cynical about what they can do,… Read More