Bernie Sanders in Baltimore: “We Need Fundamental Changes”

Bernie Sanders supporters eagerly await the Democratic presidential candidate's arrival in Baltimore. (By Daniel Schere)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood Tuesday morning, calling for increased investment in depressed urban communities across the country. “Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think we were in a wealthy nation,” he told reporters. “They would think we were in a third-world country… Read More

Candidates on Parade at Jewish GOP Gathering

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Nearly 700 Jewish Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., on Thursday to hear from Republican presidential candidates. The forum, sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the only event outside of the debates in which the 14 remaining candidates are scheduled to attend. “We absolutely need a Republican president in the White… Read More

Teen Engagement Conservative leadership emphasizes youth at biennial convention

Convention attendees from Har Shalom are (from left) Bob Sunshine, USCJ International board member; Beth Ann Spector, synagogue vice president  for membership; Carly Schmand, synagogue membership coordinator;  David Helfand, director of  youth engagement; Shelley Engel, synagogue  executive director; Cantor Henrique Ozur Bass; and Rabbi Adam Raskin. (TK)

With a focus on their movement’s youth and young families, leaders at the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism  expressed hope for the future. Under the banner of “Shape the Center,” USCJ CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick used his platform to push the 1,200 attendees of the Nov. 13-17 convention in the Chicago… Read More

Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees

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Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Um Um Good! University, Chabad partner to bring kosher food to UMD arena

Testudo’s Kosher Korner food stand will open for business on Nov. 17 at the Maryland-Georgetown men’s basketball game.

Starting this week, University of Maryland basketball fans can watch some hoops while chowing down on delicious kosher eats. Testudo’s Kosher Kitchen, so named for the university’s distinctive diamondback terrapin mascot, made its official debut at the Nov. 17 Maryland vs. Georgetown University men’s basketball game, and the menu, said Rabbi Eli Backman, director of… Read More

Hogan to Feds: “Cease Settlement of Refugees from Syria”

Gov. Larry Hogan
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Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday afternoon that he is requesting federal authorities stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured. “As governor of Maryland, the safety and security of Marylanders remains my first priority. Following the terrorist attacks on Paris just four days ago, and after careful consideration, I am now requesting that… Read More

At Biennial Gathering, Reform Movement Expands its Tent

Vice President Joe Biden received a warm welcome from thousands of Reform Jews at a conference that saw the passage of the most comprehensive resolution on inclusivity and gender rights by a Jewish mainstream movement. Speaking Saturday before 5,000 Reform Jews at the 2015 Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism in Orlando, Fla., Biden… Read More

Comity, Foreign Policy Differences are Hallmarks of Democratic Debate

From Left: Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee at the CNN-moderated Democratic presidential debate  (Josh Haner/NYT/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The first Democratic presidential debate focused mostly on economic issues, although foreign policy differences emerged on how to handle the crisis in the Middle East. The debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas brought together the five candidates running for the Democratic nod for the presidency. Making his first appearance on a national… Read More

On the Attack Iranian president targets ‘Zionist regime’ in UN speech

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticizes the United States and Israel in his address to the United Nations.

President Barack Obama, in his address to the 70th United Nations General Assembly on Monday, warned world leaders about the danger of Russian aggression, but said nothing about Israel —  a vacuum that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promptly filled. “If not for the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and its unwarranted support for… Read More