BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel

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The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More

Aly Raisman Earns Spot in Individual All-Around Finals in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07:  Alexandra Raisman of the United States reacts after competing on the uneven bars during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio. Raisman took the second spot for the American women ahead of all-around defending gold medalist Gabby Douglas and behind three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. The American women’s gymnastics team came in first place in… Read More

Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note

Former President Bill  Clinton, wearing a button that says "Hillary" in  Hebrew, shares some thoughts with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vlsack at the 2016 Democratic  National Convention in Philadelphia. (Ron Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom)

The delegates have left, the thousands of balloons have been popped and the traffic has subsided (sort of). Now that the Democratic National Convention has ended, some still feel left out. Specifically: Where were the Jewish or Israeli shout-outs? There were bits and scraps of Jewish phrases thrown into speeches, but even less talk of… Read More

Legislators Nationwide Thanked for Their Roles in Opposing BDS

Pro-Israel state legislators were recognized July 28 at an event hosted by The Israel Project and Jewish Federations of North America. (Andy Gotlieb)

Pro-Israel state legislators from around the nation were honored July 28 at the Jewish Community Services Building in Philadelphia for their contributions in the fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. About 15 legislators were on hand to receive recognition during the Democratic National Convention. “We know how hard you work, said Naomi… Read More

Baltimore-Born Rabbi Makes Chicago List

Rabbi Zev Eleff (File photo)

Rabbi Zev Eleff, 30, was named to Oy!Chicago and The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division’s fifth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 under 36,” a list recognizing young professionals in the Chicago area. The Pikesville native and Yeshivat Rambam graduate is the chief academic officer at Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College… Read More

You Should Know … Jackie Gordon

Jackie Gordon (Daniel Nozick)

Baltimore resident Jackie Gordon, 34, knew in high school that she wanted to work with kids and sports. As an adult, the Franklin Middle School teacher realized her dream in the “It’s Game Time” summer camp. The Silver Spring native holds a Reading Teacher Certification from Goucher College and graduated from Towson with a bachelor’s… Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Affiliates with Reform Movement

The sanctuary at Bolton Street Synagogue, which recently affiliated with the Reform movement. (Adam Barry)

After 30 years of being unaffiliated with a larger movement, Bolton Street Synagogue officially affiliated with the Reform movement in June. Founded by a group of Jewish families in 1986, the synagogue started in the basement of a church on Bolton Street. As it expanded, the synagogue never lost sight of the ideals of its… Read More

Local Rabbi Returns from Study in Jerusalem

Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am Synagogue recently returned from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s campus in Jerusalem, where he completed the first portion of  the organization’s Rabbinic Leadership Institute. The three-year fellowship program takes 30 rabbis who want expand on their previous Jewish learning, making trips back to Jerusalem each summer and winter, and… Read More

JStreet Met By Supporters and Protest at the DNC

A J Street event on July 27 was met by protesters. (Liz Spikol)

It was a star-studded evening at the National Museum of American Jewish History July 27, at least in terms of Democratic National Convention star-power. The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” J Street held an event called “Breaking Convention,” which was attended by a bevy of Democratic legislators, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and two politicians who… Read More