Hillel Conference Empowers Young Jewish Women

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More than 125 students gathered at the University of Maryland Hillel to network, mingle and learn from guest lecturers at the Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference on Feb. 28. “Leadership is one of the core pillars of our work [at JWI],” Loribeth Weinstein, CEO of Jewish Women International, told students and fellow speakers during her keynote… Read More

Sanders’ Jewish Roots So Far Have Been a Quiet Issue in Campaign

With his victory in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish American to win  a primary. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images))

Should Maryland voters have a say in the April 26 Democratic primary, American University political scientist David Lublin thinks that despite the state’s large Jewish population, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Jewish heritage will not have much of  an effect. Lubin thinks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will still emerge victorious, because Maryland has a… Read More

How Justice Scalia’s Death Impacts 6 Cases that Matter to Jews

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WASHINGTON — With the sudden passing this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on a raft of cases — including several watched by Jewish organizations. Scalia, who was 79, is being mourned by Orthodox Jewish groups, which… Read More

Looking for a Quickie Jewish Wedding? Call Rabbi Mel

Rabbi Mel Hecht marries Craig Silver and Karen Butt of Connecticut at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas. (Ron Kampeas)

LAS VEGAS — Rabbi Mel Hecht clutches his black coffee and paces in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts just down the road from the Red Rock Casino. It’s 2:27 p.m., and the couple said they’d be there by 2:20. The photographer has an appointment at Bellagio at 5 p.m., and he wanted to get started… Read More

One Month after Iran Deal Implementation, U.S. Lawmakers Air Concerns

The House Foreign Affairs Committee meets on Feb. 11 to evaluate the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Some Jewish lawmakers want sanctions. (Daniel Schere)

Less than a month after Iran was judged to have curbed its nuclear program to the extent that international sanctions could begin to be lifted, U.S. lawmakers assessed the success of the agreement reached between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. At a Feb. 11 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, members also… Read More

Loud and Clear! BBYO’s Baltimore message of social justice resonates with Jewish teens

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More than 2,400 teenage Jews from around the globe came to Baltimore last week and were spurred to action by the words of NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks, who told them the future was in their hands. “We have a generation that is not prematurely pessimistic, not prematurely cynical about what they can do,… Read More

Duty Calls Responsibility drives unimpressed New Hampshire Jewish voters

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Less than thrilled is how some New Hampshire Jewish voters describe their feelings toward the presidential candidates vying for votes in the Granite State. Despite the lackluster enthusiasm for this year’s candidates, the Jews of New Hampshire will do their duty and head to the polls on Feb. 9. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat,” said… Read More

From Crofton to Clinton Joel Wanger cites his Jewish faith as a factor in becoming politically active

Joel Wanger (right) says working for progressive candidates such as Hillary Clinton is an important way to “live” his Judaism. (Provided)

It was the deep-seated Jewish values of social justice that spurred Crofton, Md., native Joel Wanger to become involved in politics. Wanger “fell in love” with the campaign lifestyle while in college at Northeastern University in Boston, he said, prompting him to apply for the Israel Government Fellows program that is run by Masa Israel…. Read More

Jewish Nonprofit Testifies on Food Insecurity among Military, Veteran Families

A Jewish nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the United States and Israel provided testimony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 12. On behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO of the nonprofit, testified before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The Jewish nonprofit is leading nationwide… Read More