Spiegel Honored for Plastic Surgery

The June issue of “Plastic Surgery Practice,” the leading plastic surgery trade publication, names Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel as one of the 15 most influential people in plastic surgery in 2015. Spiegel lectures widely in the field of Jewish ethics as it relates to facial plastic surgery and is considered a world expert in the field… Read More

30 Years and Still Going Strong Family-owned Lenny’s Deli celebrates three decades since opening first store

Alan and Lenny Smith just celebrated the 30th anniversary of Lenny’s Deli. (photo by Marc Shapiro)

People thought Lenny Smith was crazy when he told them he was thinking about going into the deli business with his son, Alan. “A very good friend of ours said to me one day, ‘You’re out of your mind,’ and I said, ‘Well, this is what we’re gonna do,’” Lenny, 84, recalled. Not listening to… Read More

Iran Talks Extended Again Day-to-day negotiations punctuate the deal’s high stakes


Nuclear talks with Iran were extended yet again as negotiators continued to work toward a final deal. It was announced Tuesday that the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran had been extended through July 10 to allow negotiators representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, China, France, Russia… Read More

Mayor Replaces Baltimore Police Commissioner

BALTIMORE MAYOR - 10.02.2013

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, according to a Baltimore Sun report. Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become interim commissioner, according to a statement sent to the Sun. A news conference with Rawlings-Blake and Batts was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Batts has led the Baltimore Police Department since 2012…. Read More

Anti-BDS Section of Trade Bill in Danger of Non-Enforcement

Ben Cardin

Lawmakers are weighing their options following the announcement by the Obama administration that it will not enforce a provision in a recently signed trade bill that combats boycott efforts of Israel when it comes to settlements beyond the green line. In a statement released last week, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said: “By conflating Israel… Read More

True Virtue of Israel ZAKA, Israel’s inspirational national disaster team, visits Baltimore

Yehuda-Meshi Zahav (right) and ZAKA volunteers assist at the site of a 2014 terrorist attack in Jerusalem. (ZAKA)

Last week Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation hosted Yehuda-Meshi Zahav, chairman of ZAKA, Israel’s national disaster identification team whose mission is to rescue and recover victims following terror attacks, bombings and natural disasters. “[ZAKA is] a unique organization that does very difficult and very special work that has earned the admiration of the Jewish world… Read More

Cuba in a Nutshell Visiting professor provides outlook on how U.S.-Cuba relations have evolved

Richard Feinberg says that although tensions have eased, U.S. investments, with some exceptions, are not tolerated in Cuba. (Provided)

About 200 people packed the room on the 21st floor of the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore on June 17 to hear renowned scholar Richard Feinberg present a lecture on relations between the United States and Cuba. Feinberg, professor of international political economy at the University of California, San Diego, began by discussing the… Read More

Jewish Camp, Jewish Life The lasting effect of Jewish summer camp

Shoresh Camp
Girls of camp getting together in front of the Shoresh sign, painted on barn doors
June 24, 2015
Photo David Stuck

Jewish summer camps across Maryland opened their doors last week and the rising enrollment rates are likely to mean a more engaged and involved Jewry for the years to come. “Jewish day camp attendance is clearly a conduit for teen Jewish experiences, and there’s no question that teen Jewish experiences affect adult Jewish engagements,” said… Read More