Two Area Leaders Honored at JFNA’s General Assembly

Erica Belkin Allen, is the assistant director of congregational  education at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. (Provided)

Two Baltimoreans were honored at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly last week in Washington. Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, was awarded the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award. Named after Ben Mandelkorn, founding president and first executive  director of the Association of Jewish Community Organization Personnel, it is… Read More

The Power of Solidarity Amid terror, French Jews show resolve

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French Jews remain guarded but resilient following the attacks in Paris last weekend that left 132 dead and hundreds injured. Led by the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, some 200 French Jews and Israel’s ambassador to France gathered at the Synagogue de la Victoire on Sunday evening to pray for the victims and those… Read More

Hogan to Feds: “Cease Settlement of Refugees from Syria”

Gov. Larry Hogan
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Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday afternoon that he is requesting federal authorities stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured. “As governor of Maryland, the safety and security of Marylanders remains my first priority. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris just four days ago, and after careful consideration, I am now requesting that… Read More

Working Longer Economic conditions change the face of retirement

Why are baby boomers retiring later than other generations? Will millennials be able to retire in their 60s? Will Social Security be around in 50 years? These questions have raised new concerns about the ability of seniors to retire in the wake of a still-recovering economy. Yet, there may be good news for millennials according… Read More

I Jew! Interfaith marriage is on the rise, but so are alternative ways for Jews to meet Jews

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The image of dating in the Jewish world has come a long way from the days of fix-ups and the parental expectation that children marry within the faith. Today, there are virtually endless options for finding your beshert, but many are concerned about the trend toward interfaith marriage and are creating opportunities to counter this… Read More

Honest Exchange Turkish ambassador to U.S. addresses BJC

Serdar Kilic, Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, answers questions from the Baltimore Jewish Council concerning Turkish-Israeli relations. (Photo by Justin Katz)

Serdar Kilic, Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, addressed members of the Baltimore Jewish Council at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s headquarters to tackle questions concerning Israeli-Turkish relations. “The relationship between the Turkish and Jewish people in our recent history stands as a complete example of peaceful coexistence, mutual understanding and appreciation,” Kilic… Read More

‘Here We Are’ Protesters call for ‘Open Federation’ outside G.A. site

Open Hillel demonstrators call on federations to drop their “red lines” around discussion of Israel.

Calling for Jewish federations to end their support for organizations conditional on their “adherence to red lines around Israel,” 50 demonstrators organized by Open Hillel gathered Sunday outside the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, meeting at the Washington Hilton. The demonstrators, most of whom were in their 20s, said red lines such as… Read More