City of Buenos Aires Sponsoring First Kosher Festival

The Buenos Aires city government is holding its first kosher products and Jewish culture festival. The Buenos Aires Celebrates Kosher festival on Aug. 4 will be held in Barrancas de Belgrano city park, one of the largest in the Argentinian capital. It is being organized by the city’s tourism agency and promoted by the Ministry… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

Kim Steller (left) and 
Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood… Read More

IDF Releases Plans For Trains In West Bank

The Israel Defense Forces publicized plans to build a network of high-speed trains that would run between West Bank population centers and connect them with Israel, Jordan and Syria. The network, according to a blueprint announced Wednesday by the IDF’s Civil Administration, would by 2035 carry up to 30 million passengers on nearly 300 miles… Read More

Rabbi Shot In Southern Russia In Possible Anti-Semitic Attack

A Chabad rabbi working in southern Russia was shot and seriously wounded in what police say may have been an anti-Semitic attack. Unknown assailants shot Artur (Ovadia) Isakov, 40, on Wednesday night as he exited his car and headed into his home in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, according to… Read More

Nefesh B’Nefesh

Marietta and Nissan Jaffee made aliyah on Monday through Nefesh B'Nefesh.

The Dorn family is leaving Kemp Mill to start a new life in Israel. Pushing luggage piled high on carts, Ian and Gali Dorn and their three boys made aliyah July 22. Neither Ian Dorn nor his wife had a job awaiting them in Israel. “I am going on pure faith,” he said, adding he… Read More

Canadian Jewish News to Resume Print Edition

Three months after announcing its closure, the Canadian Jewish News said it would resume publishing its print edition on Aug. 1. The paper said it would return with a slimmed-down staff and a new editor in chief, in addition to a higher price for subscribers, Canada’s National Post reported. It had received widespread support following… Read More

Jews On Bikes

It’s not even 8 o’clock Sunday morning, but members of the Lonsmen, the [Yiddish] word for brotherhood and kinship, already are putting on their black pants, black shirts, black leather jackets and do-rags. We’re not talking Hell’s Angels here. Instead, picture a coed group of predominantly Jewish motorcyclists in their 50s and 60s who also… Read More

EU Guidelines

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)

While new European Union guidelines directed at Israel’s settlement activity caused an uproar in Israel and consternation among many of its supporters, the rules’ real power seems for now to be largely symbolic. But the rules, which would ban EU funding to Israeli institutions in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem beginning Jan…. Read More

Cloud Of Secrecy

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We don’t know. That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced Friday and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington. We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners or agree to negotiate based on its pre-1967 borders. We don’t… Read More

Special Volunteers

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It all started last year when a student approached Dr. Linda Samuels, high school science teacher at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore. The student asked Dr. Samuels for help finding summer work in a lab. Dr. Samuels began asking around and eventually got into contact with Dr. Daniel Edelman of the National Cancer Institute of the… Read More