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

Pray for Victory? It can be a problem for Jews when the Ravens’ first game falls on one of the year’s most important holidays

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When the sky goes dark on Sept. 13, most Jews will flock to synagogue to begin the annual ritual of celebrating Rosh Hashanah. But some will likely be sitting on their couch, enjoying beer and pizza while watching their beloved Ravens open the season in Denver against the Broncos. “It’s going to be one of… Read More

‘What Do You Think I Should Do?’ Being pro-Israel comes with ‘wrenching’ choices, J Street U students tell Hillel CEO

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as Amna Farooqi, J Street U president and Benjy Cannon, former J Street U 
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J Street U student leaders did not want to talk about inclusion on campus. More than 120 of them had come to “talk about the occupation and the two-state solution,” Amna Farooqi, the newly elected president of the student arm of J Street, told Hillel International’s president during a Monday meeting in Chevy Chase, Md.,… Read More

What happens next? With a vote on Iran nuclear deal approaching, expert weighs in on likely outcomes

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Congress has less than a month left to review the Iran nuclear agreement before it comes to an expected vote in mid-September. Despite opponents lobbying hard and spending millions to sway undecided lawmakers, President Barack Obama may still get his way, the Senate majority leader said recently. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Associated… Read More

Shakeup at Anti-Iran Deal Group In Congress, Democrats stating their positions

Former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Jeff Malet Photography/Newscom)

Former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Monday was named chairman of an advocacy group opposed to the Iran nuclear deal. The move came after it became known that United Against Nuclear Iran’s president, former White House adviser Gary Samore, is a supporter of the agreement. Samore was replaced as president by David Ibsen. The leadership… Read More

A Positive Spin Young entrepreneur, motivated by chronic illness, creates health record management company

Noga Leviner used her experiences as a patient to start PicnicHealth.

Crohn’s disease isn’t typically associated with positive outcomes, but battling the chronic disease was the impetus for Noga Leviner, 34, to start PicnicHealth. PicnicHealth helps patients retrieve and organize their medical records — a sometimes overwhelming task — that can burden those managing a chronic illness. Collected records are stored and organized electronically in an… Read More

A Time to Act Thousands in Jewish community speak out in opposition to Iran nuclear deal

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Little more than a week after the Iran nuclear deal agreement was announced and as the details begin to sink into the minds of Americans, many members of the Jewish community are raising their voices in protest and concern. At Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation, approximately 1,500 congregants and other community members came together at… Read More