Chabad Rabbis See Devastated Houston

At first, the older couple waved off the offer of help. But Rabbi Sholom Deitsch of Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia was patient and persistent. Only days before Hurricane Irma struck Florida, Deitsch had come to Houston last week with 50 other Chabad rabbis to help people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The people… Read More

Remembering Firefighters’ Service on 9/11, Locally and in Israel

The Jewish National Fund, the Embassy of Israel and Krieger Schechter Day School’s fourth-grade students joined firefighters in Pikesville to commemorate 9/11 and commend first responders for their bravery. JNF presented the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Station 32 with a plaque bearing an image of JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem. “This special monument in… Read More

Manhattan’s Only Vineyard Is Run by This 89-Year-Old Iraqi Jew

NEW YORK — Latif Jiji looks over this year’s crop at Chateau Latif with an expression of satisfaction. If you’ve never heard of Chateau Latif, you’re not alone. In fact, your favorite sommelier probably hasn’t heard of it, either. It’s not from the south of France, nor is it from Napa Valley. Rather, it’s terroir… Read More

Bridging the Gap Ensuring Jewish continuity one step at a time

Among the sea of teenagers donning army uniforms, Zoe Eisenberg stood clutching her replica M4 rifle at the gravesite of former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The clan sang “Hatikvah” as it celebrated its completion of Marva, a two-month training session designed to give Diaspora Jews a taste of Israeli military life. For the Pikesville… Read More

Jewish Community Mobilizes for Texas

Maayan Bobylev has had a front-row seat to the unprecedented decimation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, which poured two feet of rain on the area last weekend and made a second landfall in Louisiana Wednesday. She lives in the Nob Hill Apartments, situated on Brays Bayou, which overflowed onto the streets. In the heavily Jewish… Read More

Obituary: Czech Jewish Leader Vladimír Poskočil

Vladimír Poskočil, head of the Jewish community in the Czech city of Děčín, passed away on Aug. 8, 2017, following a stroke in the summer of 2015. It was through his efforts that the Czech government restored the 1907 synagogue of Děčín, at the crossing of the river Labe (Elbe) into Germany. He was also the… Read More

Local Russian Jews on Russia in the News

Every day Russia makes the headlines. A recent sample from major news sites produced: “Putin orders reduction of 755 personnel at U.S. missions in Russia” (Baltimore Sun), “Pence takes tough tone on Russia after Putin retaliates against sanctions” (Washington Post), “Pence Delivers Tough Speech on ‘Unpredictable’ Russia” (Wall Street Journal). In light of all of… Read More

When Passions Run High Sen. Ben Cardin’s anti-BDS bill spurs controversy, support

On a sweltering late July afternoon in Baltimore City, about 20 people vocally protested against a hotly debated bill — the Israel Anti-Boycott Act — which focuses on boycotts of Israel and its settlements. The demonstrators, most of whom were white, chanted “Viva, viva Palestina!” and “Free, free Palestine!” outside the Bank of America Financial… Read More

Jewish Camp Apologizes for Flying Palestinian Flag

A camp affiliated with the Conservative movement apologized after flying a Palestinian flag “as a sign of friendship and acceptance” to visiting Palestinian Muslim and Christian students. Camp Solomon Schechter in Washington state last week hosted members of Kids 4 Peace, including Christian and Muslim Palestinian children. In a letter sent to parents and supporters following the… Read More