Advancing NGO bill Israel’s Cabinet fires another shot at its critics

TEL AVIV — Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship. Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly declare their foreign government funding is moving toward passage after it was approved by a Cabinet committee on Sunday. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked,  who proposed the… Read More

All In on Climate Jewish organizations back Paris pact

The organized American Jewish community reacted positively to the Paris climate agreement signed this month by almost 200 nations. The Dec. 12 accord aims to significantly curb carbon emissions in order to avert dangerous climate change, but those elements of the community backing the agreement say the deal is only the beginning and that Jewish… Read More

‘There’s an Urgency’ Former Maryland attorney general to lead Pennsylvania’s ‘porngate’ investigation

A Washington, D.C. law firm has been officially contracted to pore over thousands of emails on Pennsylvania state servers as part of an independent investigation into a scandal locally dubbed as “porngate.” The final signature needed on the contract between the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and BuckleySandler LLP was added on Dec. 10, and… Read More

Baltimore Residents Protest and Call for Reform After Porter Mistrial

Dozens of police officers stood on corners on Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore just after a mistrial was announced Wednesday afternoon in the case of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of the six officers who face various charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Blocks away, other officers stood behind barricades in front… Read More

Negotiating Interfaith Burial As time goes by, where to bury is becoming more and more of an issue

Nearly two years ago, Rabbi Jillian Cameron stood in a Catholic church in a deeply religious community in Massachusetts and gave the eulogy for her grandfather at the request of her relatives. When her grandfather’s casket was lowered into the ground, Cameron’s mother leaned over to her and whispered, “Can you stay and say Mourner’s… Read More

Bernie Sanders in Baltimore: “We Need Fundamental Changes”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood Tuesday morning, calling for increased investment in depressed urban communities across the country. “Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think we were in a wealthy nation,” he told reporters. “They would think we were in a third-world country… Read More

Candidates on Parade at Jewish GOP Gathering

Nearly 700 Jewish Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., on Thursday to hear from Republican presidential candidates. The forum, sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the only event outside of the debates in which the 14 remaining candidates are scheduled to attend. “We absolutely need a Republican president in the White… Read More

Teen Engagement Conservative leadership emphasizes youth at biennial convention

With a focus on their movement’s youth and young families, leaders at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism  expressed hope for the future. Under the banner of “Shape the Center,” USCJ CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick used his platform to push the 1,200 attendees of the Nov. 13-17 convention in the Chicago… Read More

Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees

Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Um Um Good! University, Chabad partner to bring kosher food to UMD arena

Starting this week, University of Maryland basketball fans can watch some hoops while chowing down on delicious kosher eats. Testudo’s Kosher Kitchen, so named for the university’s distinctive diamondback terrapin mascot, made its official debut at the Nov. 17 Maryland vs. Georgetown University men’s basketball game, and the menu, said Rabbi Eli Backman, director of… Read More