Firefighting, the Israeli Way

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A dozen firefighters had to rethink their longstanding approaches to structural fires as they learned how the Israelis do it. They were told to multitask and enter a mock structure fire alone — both atypical ideas to American firefighters. Those were two of the biggest differences firefighters learned during their two-day training last week for… Read More

Small but Strong: Jews in Western Maryland

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With its claim of being the oldest continually operating synagogue in Maryland and the only one in the city of Cumberland, B’er Chayim Temple, thanks to the perseverance of its small but dedicated community and generous funding from the Sara (Feldstein) Ridgway and John Ridgway Trust, is celebrating its 150-year-old structure’s much-needed facelift with a… Read More

Verbal Assault

As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli Prime Minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

‘City College Made Me’

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Maryland’s oldes­t public high school, Baltimore City College, turned 175 years old last weekend. As part of the festivities, City held a Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor six accomplished alumni. Hosted by college adviser Rodney Joyner, the event was held in the school’s William Donald Schaefer Auditorium. Other events included The Women of… Read More

‘A Worldwide Kitchen’

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    More than 1,000 people got their bake on at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Owings Mills last week. Starting at 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, Jewish mothers and daughters bonded over bread at the Great Challah Bake, a prelude event to the worldwide Shabbos Project that was coordinated locally by Etz… Read More

Fighting the Prejudice

The American Studies Association’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held 
Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (pictured) in Los Angeles, 
has garnered criticism for a policy 
of excluding Israeli academics.

About a year after the American Studies Association’s (ASA) widely condemned vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the organization’s policy on Israel is receiving renewed scrutiny over a practical application of that vote. The ASA’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, has… Read More

Political Shift?

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As Republicans look poised to take control of the U.S. Senate after Nov-ember’s midterm elections, Senate races in a couple of states have tightened, with both political parties redirecting their funds toward key toss-up races before Election Day. In Georgia, a state with a sizable Jewish voter block, the race to fill the open seat… Read More

Anti-Israel Resolution Fails in CUNY Vote

A resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions failed Friday in a vote by the Doctoral Students Council (DSC) of the City University of New York (CUNY), garnering 31 out of the 39 votes it needed for passage. In September, the same resolution was tabled after a vote on the measure had been… Read More

Foundation Led by Kerry’s Wife Funded Anti-Israel Eatery, Report Reveals

Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh snack bar that sells sandwiches wrapped in paper printed with pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel slogans, received a $50,000 grant from a foundation run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The wrappers bearing the anti-Israel slogans also indicate that the take-out restaurant is supported in part by… Read More

Former Spanish Prime Minister Slams European Recognition of ‘Palestine’

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar spoke out against unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. “The Palestinian state does not exist yet and the Gaza Strip is still controlled by Hamas, but many nations are already moving to recognize it,” he said. “The Swedish government announced it would recognize Palestine, the British Parliament voted… Read More