Pennsylvania Dad Files Complaint over Star of David

A middle school father outside Harrisburg, Pa., has filed a complaint with his son’s school alleging that a teacher’s Star of David necklace violates Pennsylvania state law. Act 14 Section 1112 prohibits public school teachers in the state from wearing any “dress, mark, emblem or insignia indicating the fact that such teacher is a member… Read More

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Dalia Rabin and Aaron David Miller (center) were the guests in a panel 
discussion that was moderated by New York Times deputy national editor Ethan Bronner.

“It’s serious” was the simple, yet striking response of Dalia Rabin, daughter of the late Israeli prime minister, when asked about the West becoming more critical of Israel during a wide-ranging panel discussion that covered relations between Israel and the United States. The chair of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the national institute dedicated to the… Read More

Goucher Graffiti

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The Goucher College community is split this week on how to handle the recent emergence of graffiti on the campus’ Hillel building. Students returned from Thanksgiving break early last week to find a cross, two crescent moons and a Star of David spray-painted on the outside of the building, along with two messages: “Stop the… Read More

France Will Pay Reparations

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After years of debate and numerous lawsuits, French officials announced late last week that the country has agreed to establish a $60 million fund that will be used to compensate thousands of Holocaust victims and their families. Victims eligible for compensation are those deported from France during the Holocaust and ineligible for the country’s previously… Read More

Reconstructing Beit Tikvah

It has been just over a year since Rabbi Larry Pinsker joined Congregation Beit Tikvah as its spiritual leader. But on Nov. 22, the Reconstructionist synagogue, which turns 30 next year, officially celebrated the rabbi’s installation. “It has been an exciting period of assessment and revitalization,” said Pinsker, a 68-year-old Chicago native who previously led… Read More

USCJ Announces Inaugural Winner of Cardin Award

When the number of young families at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was on the decline, Dr. Jessica Katz Poscover and the Family and Youth Engagement Committee she co-chairs got to work personally welcoming young families to the community. For her efforts, Poscover was awarded the inaugural Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award of… Read More

Four Jewish Organizations Among Baltimore’s Top 100 Workplaces

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Congregation, Jewish Community Services, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. have been named as “Top Workplaces” in 2014 by The Baltimore Sun.   The daily newspaper recognizes 100 companies each year with information drawn from employee surveys and bases its results on… Read More

Ulman Plots Next Move

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Nearly two weeks after his eight-year term as Howard County executive came to an end, Ken Ulman is waiting to announce what his next move will be. “One way or another I will be very involved in making a positive difference in the state of Maryland,” he said. “I hope to focus on innovation, the… Read More

Brewing Bromance: Men Learn to Open Up on Israel Mission

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You’re a middle-aged guy. You’re established in your career. Got a great wife, beautiful kids. But none of your friendships nowadays are anywhere as deep or profound as the ones you had in school. Last month, about 100 men tried to rekindle that old bromance during a week in Israel. Far from career and family,… Read More

Jews United for Justice Comes to Baltimore

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Molly Amster found her dream job at Jews United for Justice. Whether it was working on a sheep dairy in Wisconsin and teaching schoolchildren about where their food comes from, working at Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI) and bringing together African-American and Orthodox girls to talk about identity or planning BBYO conventions in high school,… Read More