Witnessing History Nuremberg Trials bring back pain, agony

It is almost 70 years since the Nuremberg Trials started Nov. 20, 1945. My brother-in-law, Shabtai Klugman Schonfeld, z’l, was the only Jewish survivor war correspondent invited to the trial. He was permitted to bring two guests at each session. I attended around 15 sessions. I lived in Weiden, Bavaria. The evening before I took… Read More

Done Deal 41 senators back Iran agreement

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The nuclear agreement with Iran will likely survive the Senate, as President Barack Obama on Tuesday garnered the final votes he needed to block a vote on a resolution of disapproval. In quick succession, three Democratic senators — Ron Wyden (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), both Jewish, and Gary Peters (Mich.) — announced they would vote… Read More

‘Everything I Believe In’ Meet J Street U’s new Muslim president, Amna Farooqi

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Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to Judaism, though she does consider herself “culturally Jewish,” having grown up in heavily Jewish Montgomery County. She has long been open about… Read More

Will He or Won’t He? On Iran deal, both sides are counting on New Jersey senator

When Congress votes on the Iran Deal, Sen. Cory Booker (center) will be thrust into the spotlight.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) finds himself in the unenviable position of being caught between his president and his friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. As a rising star in the Democratic Party, Booker likely is being counted on by President Barack Obama to ensure that his promised presidential veto of a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal… Read More

Grounded! American Airlines cancels Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route

The last American Airlines flight out of Philadelphia will be on Jan.4.

PHILADELPHIA — Getting a nonstop flight to Israel from the Mid-Atlantic region will become a lot more challenging come 2016. American Airlines announced late last month that it will no longer operate nonstop service between Philadelphia International Airport and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as of January. “Although the route has been a source… Read More

‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ Obama takes Iran pitch directly to Jewish community

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In an address to American Jews on Aug. 28, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United States’ options in case of violations. “This deal blocks every way, every pathway Iran might take to obtain a nuclear weapon,”… Read More

Mikulski Support Hands Iran Deal Victory to Obama

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Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) announced her support Wednesday for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Mikulski’s support for the deal brings the number of senators in favor to 34. That’s the number of votes that President Barack Obama needs to sustain a veto. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass… Read More

‘Watch My Back’ Olim contributing to Israeli society

Naomi Brounstein (left) and Vivi Mann founded Ten Gav, a charitable 
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Baltimore native Vivi Mann and Naomi Brounstein of Ontario, Canada, both made aliyah more than two decades ago with different motivations, but they have joined forces to create Ten Gav, a charitable organization that aims to empower donors and recipients by establishing personal connections. The Hebrew expression ten gav, meaning “watch my back,” is commonly… Read More

A Blessing in Rising Water New Orleans resident — and Baltimore native — reflects on the flood of local support 10 years after Katrina

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Ten years later, the expression, gam zu l’tovah  — roughly translated as “even this is for the good” — seems to hold water in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, particularly in the Jewish community. And gam zu l’tovah would not be my own mantra, were it not for the generosity of Baltimore’s Jewish community. My husband,… Read More