Orthodox Rabbis Join Opposition to Assisted Death

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The debate over death with dignity, also known as assisted suicide, will be reignited in Maryland this year, as state legislators plan to reintroduce the End-of-Life Option Act. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicide, a group representing more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis came out against the practice, calling it “murder.” In a recent statement,… Read More

Groups Ready for March on Washington

Womens March

Progressive Jewish groups are gearing up to participate in the potentially massive Women’s March on Washington, a protest against President-elect Donald Trump that will take place the day after his inauguration. Organizers expect around 200,000 people at the Jan. 21 demonstration, which coincides with Shabbat. While Jewish organizers acknowledge that Shabbat could prevent some Jews… Read More

JCC Association Names New President, CEO

The JCC Association of North America  announced on Dec. 20 that the 100-year-old central agency had named Doron Krakow as its new president and CEO. Krakow has long been a prominent member of the professional Jewish communal scene on a national level and most recently served as head of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s American… Read More

Trump’s Israel Envoy Pick Shakes Up American Jewish Status Quo

President-elect Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and attorney David Friedman exit U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, N.J., in Feb. 2010. (Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) -– Nearly six years ago, when President Barack Obama was set to elevate one of his top emissaries to the Jewish community to the Israel ambassadorship, Dan Shapiro asked for – and got – the endorsement of one of Obama’s fiercest pro-Israel critics. “Dan has always spoken to us, patiently and carefully explaining… Read More

Obama Lights the Menorah One More Time

ELIJAH AND SHIRA WIESEL, GRANDCHILDREN OF THE LATE ELIE WIESEL, LIGHT THE MENORAH AT THE WHITE HOUSE CHANUKAH PARTY ON DEC. 14, AS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA LOOK ON. OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY CHUCK KENNEDY

If any word could describe the scene from the East Room of the White House on Dec. 14, the site of the final two Chanukah parties hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, it would be irony. Unless you paid close attention to the fact that there was a silver menorah being… Read More

Hillel Gives Awards, Receives Record Gift

Three Hillel campus centers in Maryland and Washington, D.C., were among the recipients of awards from Hillel International, presented at the organization’s annual Global Assembly in Orlando, Fla., this month. Goucher College Hillel won the Israel Education and Engagement Award; University of Maryland Hillel received the Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award;… Read More

Size matters: How a ‘largest menorah’ tiff landed two rabbis in Jewish court

The World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah being lighted by then-New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization, in 2013. (PR Newswire)

NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year in Brooklyn, Chabad Rabbi Shimon Hecht ascends 33 and a half feet to light the tallest menorah in the world. But he’s not allowed to call it that anymore. By decree of a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical court, Hecht must cede the title of “World’s Largest Menorah” to another candelabra, this… Read More

What Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick as secretary of state, could mean for the Jewish agenda

Rex Tillerson, chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., speaks during the World Gas Conference, in Paris, France, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Oil companies that have pumped trillions of barrels of crude from the ground are now saying the future is in their other main product: natural gas, a fuel theyre promoting as the logical successor to coal. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, an energy company large enough to have its own foreign policy. It is a policy, however, that doesn’t always align with the priorities of Jewish and pro-Israel groups. Oil companies have clashed in the past with… Read More

4 major Jewish groups to skip Presidents Conference Chanukah party at Trump hotel

Four major Jewish organizations will not attend a Hanukkah party co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a Washington, D.C., hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump. The Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America will not be… Read More

Baltimore Native Hosts Dakota Pipeline Solidarity Event in Jerusalem

Veterans march with Standing Rock activists near Backwater Bridge just outside the Oceti Sakowin camp. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS/Newscom

The months-long protest over the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, termed #NoDAPL, has resonated with people all across the country and, as it turns out, even overseas. On Thursday, Dec. 15, Baltimore native and current Jerusalem resident Leah Raher is holding an event in… Read More