Polish Synagogue Defiled By Swastikas

Swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols were painted on a synagogue building in Gdansk, Poland. The vandalism was spotted on the facade of the building on Monday morning. “Someone just came in broad daylight and defiled our temple,” Mieczyslaw Abramowicz a representative of the Gdansk Jewish community, told TVN24 television. “It was done by anti-Semites or… Read More

Hundreds Gather At Peaceful Women Of The Wall Service Marking 25th Anniversary

Women of the Wall wear prayer shawls and pray at the Western Wall.
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In a display of the changes the group has experienced this year, Women of the Wall held a peaceful prayer service under police protection at the Western Wall to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. Absent from Monday’s service, which the group said drew at least 800 worshipers, were large crowds of Orthodox girls who at… Read More

NSA Director Defends Surveillance Programs

The director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, opened a talk on cyber security Thursday, Nov. 11 in Baltimore by reminding attendees of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “Every one of us remembers 9/11,” Alexander said, adding that the NSA office has a big photo of firemen running into the World Trade… Read More

Leading The Way

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One more step. Seize every moment. There is a famous poem by Israeli author Yehuda Amichai in which he describes the visits of tourists. “Visits of condolence is all we get from them. They squat at the Holocaust Memorial, they put on grave faces at the Wailing Wall, and they laugh behind the heavy curtains… Read More

Stamping Out Intolerance

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Six Million. For the past five years, since 2008, students at Mount Hebron High School have been working on a project trying to comprehend what those words stand for and to create something tangible that could adequately represent their meaning. As part of their curriculum, incoming freshmen read “Night,” a memoir by Elie Wiesel about… Read More

Banking On A Woman

After months of indecision and several scandals, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid decided last week to appoint Dr. Karnit Flug as governor of the Bank of Israel. The Knesset approved the decision this week. Netanyahu and Lapid said in a statement, “We have been impressed by Dr. Flug’s performance as acting… Read More

Revolution in Bedouin Women’s Education

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Eman Abu Ammar, 24, is studying language and literature at Ben-Gurion University. Unlike many Bedouin girls her age, she’s in no rush to get married. “Bedouin usually get married young,” she said. “People ask me, ‘Why aren’t you married, don’t you have anybody?’ It does pressure me, but I plan to choose a partner who… Read More

Aim For The Stars

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Hagit Yaso is an Israeli icon. She won the ninth season of “Kochav Nolad,” Israel’s version of “American Idol,” in 2011. And at only 24 years old, she is considered a role model for young Ethiopian girls. Yaso, who was in town earlier this week for performances through Jewish National Fund at the University of… Read More

‘Lean In’

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“Lean In” has become a slogan of sorts for working woman across the country. When Sheryl Sandberg wrote and published, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” which chronicles her personal journey and navigation of work and life — she served as the chief operating officer of Facebook at the time of its… Read More

Innovation Station

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Baltimore has landed itself, once again, on the list innovators. Last week when “The Slingshot 2013-2014 Guide” was released, two area organizations, the Pearlstone Center and the Jewish Community Center, both agencies of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, made the list of North America’s Top 50 innovative Jewish organizations. This is the third… Read More