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

Reform Movement Slams Trump for Transgender Ban

The Reform Movement condemned President Donald Trump’s recent decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military as discriminatory. On behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, President David Stern and Chief Executive Steven A. Fox issued a statement expressing outrage with an act they deemed as an “unpatriotic slap in the… Read More

‘The Ship That Launched a Nation’ 70 years after the voyage of Exodus 1947, one man’s passion leads to Haifa memorial

Seventy years ago, a ship once almost abandoned for scrap launched from Baltimore’s harbor to start a six-month journey to Europe, where it would pick up thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing the wreckage of World War II and take them to Israel. The ship was called Exodus 1947, and this month, largely as a result… Read More

Robert O. Freedman Skeptical of U.S.-Russia Future

The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs (BCFA) hosted Robert O. Freedman, a visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and formerly of Baltimore Hebrew University, for a talk on U.S.-Russia relations on May 16. In his remarks, Freedman was skeptical of the benefit of Russian cooperation in conflicts and the United States’ ability… Read More

Rod Rosenstein’s Secret Rockville JCC History

Mystery solved! Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who played a central role in James Comey’s firing, used to play center field in a softball league at what is now the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville. Or maybe right field. Or maybe short left. It’s unclear. What is clear is that the man overseeing… Read More