What Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick as secretary of state, could mean for the Jewish agenda

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, an energy company large enough to have its own foreign policy. It is a policy, however, that doesn’t always align with the priorities of Jewish and pro-Israel groups. Oil companies have clashed in the past with… Read More

4 major Jewish groups to skip Presidents Conference Chanukah party at Trump hotel

Four major Jewish organizations will not attend a Hanukkah party co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a Washington, D.C., hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump. The Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America will not be… Read More

Baltimore Native Hosts Dakota Pipeline Solidarity Event in Jerusalem

The months-long protest over the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, termed #NoDAPL, has resonated with people all across the country and, as it turns out, even overseas. On Thursday, Dec. 15, Baltimore native and current Jerusalem resident Leah Raher is holding an event in… Read More

Phoenix Jewish News Joins Mid-Atlantic Media

Phoenix Jewish News, the Jewish community newspaper of Greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona, has signed a management agreement with Mid-Atlantic Media, based in Baltimore. Mid-Atlantic Media, which has similar affiliations with The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh and the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia, took over the newspaper’s day-to-day operations with the Jewish News on Dec. 1…. Read More

Chabad Lubavitch Makes It 50 with South Dakota

In a vast banquet hall at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal Pier 8 in New York, more than 5,000 Chabad Lubavitch emissaries, lay leaders and supporters gathered on Nov. 27 for the culminating event of the five-day International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries. The conference came as the Chabad community marks 75 years since the late… Read More

Rabbis Sign Pledge to Hold Trump Accountable for Human Rights

Several Baltimore area rabbis and cantors are among more than 650 Jewish faith leaders who signed a pledge to hold the Donald Trump administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people. T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge, which was posted on the organization’s website two weeks ago…. Read More

Jewish Life in Vermont In the picturesque countryside, do-it-yourself Judaism creates connections

“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s simply acknowledging a basic reality about her adopted state: When most people think of populous, thriving, prototypically Jewish communities, they generally think of places such as Boca Raton, Fla., or Crown… Read More

ADL Reports Surge in Donations Following Election

The Anti-Defamation League has seen a spike in donations following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election and a spate of anti-Semitic and racist incidents around the country. The day after the election, the ADL saw a 50-fold increase in the number of online daily donations, according to Todd Gutnick, the organization’s vice president for… Read More

Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties’

Rabbi Ron Shulman, clad in a flashy suit and wearing reading glasses, took to the lectern with a folded-up piece of paper to which he rarely needed to refer. He might have forecasted the emotion that would soon accompany his words, drawing on similar sentiments the crowd shared. A little more than a minute into… Read More

Bernie Is Back Bernie Sanders reflects on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and lessons of 2016 Election

“I am not a liberal, I am a progressive,” pronounced Sen. Bernie Sanders during a student-submitted Q&A conducted by Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels. What became something of an open, periodically funny and altogether forthright conversation between Sanders and Daniels followed the former presidential hopeful’s hour-long speech about his recently published book, “Our Revolution:… Read More