Wishful Thinking Will Obama, Netanyahu reconcile next year?

WASHINGTON — Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away. In the contemplative spirit of the Days of Awe, we canvassed the experts to recommend… Read More

‘The Right Path’ Kerry offers impassioned defense of Iran Accord as deal’s victory clinched

PHILADELPHIA — In what could have been the first leg of a victory lap now that the survival of the Obama administration’s key foreign policy achievement is virtually assured, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the birthplace of the United States Sept. 1 to lay out in the starkest and most comprehensive terms yet… Read More

A Moral and Legal Obligation Private schools stand up for vaccinations

Private and religious schools in Maryland will no longer be required to admit unvaccinated students as a result of a new interpretation of a state law granting religious exemptions on such occasions. In a letter dated Aug. 7 from the attorney general’s office to state Dels. Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-District 41) and Shelly Hettleman (D-District… Read More

Witnessing History Nuremberg Trials bring back pain, agony

It is almost 70 years since the Nuremberg Trials started Nov. 20, 1945. My brother-in-law, Shabtai Klugman Schonfeld, z’l, was the only Jewish survivor war correspondent invited to the trial. He was permitted to bring two guests at each session. I attended around 15 sessions. I lived in Weiden, Bavaria. The evening before I took… Read More

Emotional Testimony at Fourth Chabad Hearing Three residents take stand to explain issues with proposed synagogue

Residents testified that a proposed Chabad synagogue is unfit for its surroundings and has insufficient building plans at the fourth public hearing regarding the congregation, which would be built in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. Eric Lewis, an architect and resident who lives near the proposed site, and Ken Abel, a resident who lives… Read More

Police Assure Jewish Community of Safety During High Holidays

Officers from the Baltimore Police Department held a press conference Sept. 8 outlining the areas of increased police coverage in Upper Park Heights during the High Holidays. Maj. Marc Partee, commanding officer in the Northwestern District, said there will be a command truck that will be staffed and have active lights at night. There will also… Read More

Israel Bonds Welcome New Campaign Partners

Israel Bonds Maryland announced the addition of two new partners to its High Holiday campaign: the Haron Dahan Foundation and Sandra R. and Malcolm C. Berman. They join longtime partners The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and Hopkins Federal Savings Bank in the 100 percent matching campaign. The four partners will provide matching funds… Read More

Beth El Opens Downtown Preschool

Beth El Congregation opened a new preschool in Federal Hill on Monday, Aug. 31. The new school, part of Beth El’s continuing efforts to serve the Jewish community where they are, has eight students enrolled for this school year. It is the seventh location for Beth El’s Hebrew School in Your Neighborhood, which serves the… Read More

Done Deal 41 senators back Iran agreement

The nuclear agreement with Iran will likely survive the Senate, as President Barack Obama on Tuesday garnered the final votes he needed to block a vote on a resolution of disapproval. In quick succession, three Democratic senators — Ron Wyden (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), both Jewish, and Gary Peters (Mich.) — announced they would vote… Read More

At What Cost? As times change, synagogues rethink traditional membership dues

As Jews around the world prepare to usher in a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, more synagogues around the country are reconsidering whether  mandatory dues should be treated like 5775: left in the past. The traditional model for membership has synagogues dictate to their members how much money they should contribute each… Read More