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Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were more than two decades ago, according to research funded in 2006 by the National Science Foundation. A quarter of Americans said they have no one with whom they can discuss personal troubles, more than double the number who were similarly isolated in 1985. Overall, the… Read More

Covered-Up Israel Ruffles Westfield Shoppers

A huge floor-to-ceiling map at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Wheaton was taken down Monday, following complaints that it depicted a distorted version of the Middle East: omitting Israel while including Palestine, misplacing Tel Aviv, misrepresenting the shape of the West Bank and not mentioning Gaza. Following numerous emails on a local Jewish community listserv… Read More

Gildenhorn Announces Scholarship

The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland is pleased to award the Gildenhorn Family Scholarship to Michelle Thomas. Thomas is a junior who is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and physiology and neurology, as well as a minor in Israel studies. She is the first recipient of… Read More

Pipe bomb wounds Israeli man at Rachel’s Tomb

An Israeli man was wounded in the face on Monday after a pipe bomb thrown toward the upper parking lot at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem exploded, Israel Hayom reported. The bomb was thrown from the Palestinian side of the complex. The man, 25, had gone to the site to pray. After he was wounded, he… Read More

MLA to Consider Anti-Israel Resolution

The Modern Language Association, perhaps best known for its rulings on writing style and bibliographical usage by English-language students, researchers and professors the world over, is wading once again into the murky pool of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the group’s convention in Chicago this month, members of its Delegate Assembly reportedly will vote on a… Read More

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Talmud set for auction

When Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died last October, the former Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel and spiritual leader of the Shas Party left behind a unique Talmud set originally published in Munich in 1949. Later this month, the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem will publicly auction the set, a series of 19 books that is the… Read More

Israel naming visitor center after Canadian prime minister

The soon-to-be-built visitor center at Israel’s Hula Nature Reserve will be named after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he visits the Jewish state in two weeks, Israel Hayom reported. The center, established by the Jewish National Fund, will be built from funds collected in Canada at a fundraising event that Harper attended. Israeli Prime… Read More

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership Chosen For Drone Research, Testing

The Federal Aviation Administration designated Virginia, New York, Texas, North Dakota, Nevada and Alaska as testing areas for unmanned aircraft systems, popularly known as drones. The designations, part of a plan to safely integrate pilotless aircraft into the national airspace system, will see institutions in Maryland (the University System of Maryland), New Jersey (Rutgers University)… Read More

Helmsley Announces Grants

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced almost $22 million in grants to four Israeli institutions. These grants are part of a continuing effort to invest in Israel’s leading institutions and critical initiatives with the goal of strengthening the country. The grants were awarded to Magen David Adom and Barzilai Hospital to help strengthen and protect… Read More

CCBC Brochure Honored

The Community College of Baltimore County’s brochure promoting the institution’s many travel offerings was included in a showcase of internationally exemplary programs at the Learning Resources Network’s annual conference Nov. 21-23 in San Francisco. “Travel, Learn and Grow” received an award for excellence. CCBC’s travel opportunities for international study includes the Netherlands and Belgium.