Power For Power?

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A panel of conservative political activists, writers and former military officers convened last week at the National Press Club to sharply criticize President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power as permanent ambassador to the United Nations. The event served as an announcement that those concerns had been laid out in a letter to Senate Majority… Read More

Wall-to-Wall

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At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer… Read More

Unleashed Potential

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On American Independence Day, a committee headed by Judge Yaakov Turkel approved a new governor of the economy, so to speak, when it approved the appointment of Jacob A. Frenkel as the new governor of the Bank of Israel. This is the second time Frenkel, who replaces Stanley Fischer, has filled the role. He had… Read More

To Washington

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I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the… Read More

Smooth Sailing

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Eli Donaty, 16, has always enjoyed being in the water. However, it wasn’t until two summers ago that he realized he also harbored a passion for sailing on it. It was then that Eli was introduced to a summer camp at the Baltimore County Sailing Center. The center, which operates out of Rocky Point Park… Read More

Ultra-Orthodox Women in Israel Join the Workforce

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It’s the first day of school for Chani Dickman, an ultra-Orthodox woman in her 40s. She is one of 20 ultra-Orthodox women participating in a training course for medical coding — reading patients charts and diagnoses and assigning the proper codes, which are used for insurance reimbursement. If she passes her exams, she is guaranteed… Read More

Rehabilitating Uprooted Israelis

Gush Katif was a treasure of Israel. Although it was referred to as “the bitter land” in Arabic, the Israelis turned this sandy part of the Gaza Strip into an agricultural success story. Using hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil, Gush Katif produced 70 percent of Israel’s organic exports and 95 percent of… Read More

A Success Story

Earlier this month, Yael Kohn-Sharon was visiting the U.S. from Israel in search of funding for Kav Mashve (The Equator). Founded in 2007 by Israeli businessman Dov Lautmann, Kav Mashve was created in response to studies indicating that very few university-educated Israeli Arabs were able to find employment suitable to their education and training. “Lautmann,… Read More

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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The statistics are staggering. A whopping 57 million Americans have disabilities, and 70 percent of those of working age are unemployed. RespectAbilityUSA, a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg, promises to change that state of affairs. “These grim statistics haven’t changed in decades. As a result, Americans with… Read More

Interfaith Families Survey

In response to concerns over the growing number of intermarried households and to a decrease in the affiliation of these families with the organized Jewish community, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Jewish Community Center have jointly launch an Interfaith Task force, co-chaired by Joel Fink, Kevin Keane and Chantelle Terrillion. The… Read More