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
High-profile cases put “death with dignity” in spotlight

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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

Magnified
Relationship between U.S., Israel gets up-close examination by scholarly heavyweights

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
Congregation installs Pinsker as rabbi

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