Right to Light Denied

Has anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in the Guilford community? Dr. Gary Pushkin and his wife, Kathy Abbott, believe it has, citing it as the reason their request to have a menorah displayed alongside the community’s “holiday tree” was denied. “They’ve had a Christmas tree there for years,” Pushkin said on Monday just hours before… Read More

Looking to the Future

Baltimore took the lead in a project to shore up Jewish day schools with the six local participants of the Russel Family Generations Day School Endow- ment Project raising approximately $15 million in cash and commitments for their endowment funds. Baltimore’s institutions raised more than those in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, the three… Read More

Forging Bonds

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Congregants young and old from all over the city will gather to “rekindle, rejoice [and] rededicate,” as Beth Am synagogue celebrates its 40th anniversary with a weekend full of song, dance, food and memory. The grand Moorish-style building, designed by Joseph Evans Sperry, opened in 1922 as the home of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. When Chizuk… Read More

Chanukah and the Holidays

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Dozens of cars drove down Interstate 83 with giant electric menorahs on their roofs Tuesday night to mark the first night of Chanukah. The spectacle culminated in the lighting of a 30-foot menorah at McKeldin Square in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. While some feel such displays may oversell a Jewish holiday that isn’t as significant as… Read More

Statement from Gross on Return Home from Cuba

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Upon returning home from five years of imprisonment in Cuba, Alan Gross had the following to say: “Chag Sameach.  What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America.  Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary and determined efforts of my wife of… Read More

Senate: No Social Security for Ex-Nazis

The U.S. Senate approved a bill that would end Social Security payments to former Nazis.   The No Social Security for Nazis Act passed Dec. 4 by voice vote. Having passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously earlier in the week, the bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.   The measure closes… Read More

Hagee: Obama Anti-Israel, Not Anti-Semitic

Pastor John Hagee “clarified” that he did not mean to call President Obama anti-Semitic but anti-Israel. Hagee, the Christians United for Israel founder, in a statement last Friday, said he was issuing a clarification to comments he made Nov. 23 to the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner in New York following “conversations with friends… Read More

IDF Launches Probes into Gaza Incidents

The Israel Defense Forces opened criminal investigations into eight deadly incidents that occurred during its 50-day Gaza operation.The investigations, involving the deaths of 30 Gazan Palestinians, were announced Saturday night by the IDF’s Magistrate Advocate General service. Among the incidents is a July 20 airstrike on the home of the Abu Jama family in Khan… Read More

Death in the Balance

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In the aftermath of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard’s death on Nov. 1 and the release of a pre-recorded video of Maynard expressing support for the “Death with Dignity” movement on Nov. 19, the date that would have been her 30th birthday, the nation’s attention has returned to an issue that has been a source of controversy… Read More

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