The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry With most descendants of original settlers gone, Jewish community finds new life in new places

An unassuming, one-room brick building lies on Third Street in Pocomoke City, adjacent to a home, a cemetery and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. A weathered blue-and-white wooden Jewish star hangs over the entranceway. It’s easy to pass by without knowing that it served four generations of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Jews before closing in the late… Read More

Uncertain Future BDS ties to trade package riles pro-Israel community

Despite unprecedented Democratic backing, including the overwhelming support of the Senate Finance Committee that approved it more than a month ago, Congress’ only legislative volley in the war against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill. In advance of a likely vote Wednesday on the so-called Trade Promotion… Read More

Hogan Announces He Has Cancer

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer, which he described as  “very advanced and very aggressive,” according to reports. Hogan, 59, canceled several events after returning from a recent trip to Asia two weeks ago. He said he would not step down and… Read More

‘This is Just the Beginning’ Local, national Jewish organizations reach out to AME Church community in Charleston

After nine people were killed by 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof during a prayer study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday, many, including the local Jewish community in Charleston, S.C., reached out to comfort and support their neighbors and publicly denounced the act as a hate crime against the African-American community. Rabbi Stephanie… Read More

Voice of The Godz Musician Larry Kessler, 73, reflects on his unsuccessful but highly influential band from the ’60s

They made animal noises, they taunted their audiences, they’d talk on their records. The word ‘dissonant’ doesn’t quite do the band’s auditory shenanigans justice. Even Lou Reed thought they were strange. The Godz were unpopular, unappreciated and unsuccessful in their time as a band from 1965 to 1968. “Anybody who knew us, they claimed that… Read More

Beth Tfiloh Hosts Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel, judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and host of “Deal or No Deal,” took the spotlight on June 11 at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s 2015 Spotlight fundraiser. Performing in the sanctuary, which Mandel admitted was a strange feeling, allowed him to take advantage of the heritage and background he shared with the… Read More

Off the Mark Obama’s latest wooing of Jews not working, poll suggests

WASHINGTON — It’s early days for the White House’s latest charm offensive among American Jews, but a new poll suggests that the wooing effort is having little effect. The poll, published June 10 by J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group that generally backs President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, shows Obama stuck at the same… Read More

No More Than Talking J Street U, Hillel leadership meet in D.C.

Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board members of J Street U, which is affiliated with the liberal pro-Israel organization J Street, accompanied by J Street U Director Sarah Turbow, sat down with Hillel International’s CEO Eric Fingerhut;… Read More

A Matter of Conversion Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line

TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But this week, the… Read More