IDF Soldiers School Students

Yehuda (left) and Gal, both former IDF soldiers, take questions from Park School students after giving presentations about their lives in Israel at an 
assembly.

On a recent snowy Monday morning, a crowd of Park School’s upper school students gathered in the auditorium to hear stories from two former Israel Defense Forces soldiers — Gal and Yehuda — that covered everything from arresting a knife-wielding man to helping asylum seekers who spent three years walking from Eritrea in northeast Africa… Read More

‘Startup Nation Meets Startup State’

Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd, an Israeli company that finances startups, has announced his company is partnering with the Maryland/Israel 
Development Center.
(Photo by Suzanne Pollak)

Dror Sharon placed a finger-sized meter on a pear, opened an app on his smartphone and within seconds knew that each 100 grams of that green pear contained 72 calories and was 16 percent sugar. Sharon, co-founder of the Israeli company SCIO, envisions a day in the near future when everyone will use his spectrometer… Read More

JWRP Conference Comes to Pearlstone

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project is hosting a leadership conference at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown from March 9 to 11. The JWRP was founded in 2008 with a mission of empowering women to change the world through Jewish values. Its flagship program, the Momentum Trip, takes women to Israel for eight days and to… Read More

Center of Attention

Dovid Katz has become a target of scorn for speaking out against 
ultranationalist groups in Lithuania.
(Photos by Cnaan Liphshiz)

KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character from a Harry Potter film. But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi marches, complete with ultranationalists clad in medieval armor and… Read More

Raise Hell Instead of Money

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, has announced she will not be running for a sixth term.
(Melissa Gerr)

Throwing Maryland politics into a tizzy and spurring jockeying for position for a rare open Senate seat, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday that she will not seek a sixth term in the chamber she’s served since 1987. There was “nothing gloomy about the announcement,” she said at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf in Fells Point…. Read More

Seeking Credit

Despite an onslaught of opposition in the state Senate charging private and parochial schools with discriminating against gays and lesbians and a six-hour wait to testify in the House of Delegates, advocates for a tax credit that would reward companies that make contributions to Maryland schools, including private and parochial schools, came ready to do… Read More

Radioactive Affairs

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The signs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference were emblazoned with the words “This is Israel,” but the overarching message to the record-setting crowd in Washington, D.C., was clear: Stop Iran now. On the first night of the three-day conference, which ended Tuesday, March 3, Brad Gordon, director of policy and… Read More

A Turn to the Right

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WASHINGTON — While thousands of attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference milled around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., awaiting a speech by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, a who’s who of right-leaning pro-Israel leaders, donors and supporters filled the large main-floor committee hearing room of the… Read More

New Blood

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National Democrats looking to take back the Senate in 2016 scored what they considered a victory on Feb. 19, when Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, 33, who is Jewish, officially announced his candidacy to challenged first-term incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in his hometown of Columbia. For many Missourians, even Democrats, the announcement by… Read More

Pulling No Punches

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WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the process. Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, March 3 following a six-week buildup that spurred questions about the propriety… Read More