Be Happy

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Betty Cherniak is happy. She defines her happiness as “the intersection of serenity and peacefulness.” And she has a chevra that feels the same way. Each Tuesday evening a group of about 10 to 12 Happiness Club members meet at the Enoch Pratt Library on Reisterstown Road across from Tov Pizza and Kosher Bite. Cherniak… Read More

A Leader Who Responds

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“This is a good and important step forward,” said Nadine Sherif, an international advocate and employee at the Cairo Institute of Human Rights. Speaking from Egypt, Sherif said the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and the institution of military law until true democratic elections can take place is “a call by the public. …… Read More

Jewish and Arab Israelis: Different Perspectives

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An extensive survey released late last month indicated that Arab Israelis have become more extreme in their attitudes to the state and its Jewish majority, while Jewish Israelis have maintained their positions or have become more amicable to the Arab minority. On the surface, the statistics of the 2012 Index of Arab-Jewish Relations In Israel… Read More

UJA-Federation Of New York’s 2013 Annual Campaign Raises $145.3 Million

UJA-Federation of New York concluded its 2013 Annual Campaign on June 30th, raising $145.3 million, an increase of $8.6 million from 2012. Including bequests and endowments, $6.5 million raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $206.5 million. “This has been an extraordinary year of… Read More

Israel Launches Pilot ID Program Challenged In Court

Israel’s Interior Ministry began a two-year trial of its controversial biometric data program. Beginning Monday, Israeli citizens seeking to obtain or renew their national identity cards can choose to receive a smart ID card by submitting their biometric data, including fingerprints and facial contours. The pilot program will start in Rishon Lezion and Ashdod. It… Read More

Alvin Schiff, Jewish Education Pioneer, Dies

 Alvin Schiff, a pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, has died. Schiff died of unknown causes, Yeshiva University announced Monday. He was in his mid-80s. At Yeshiva University, he established and directed the Graduate School of Jewish Education in 1959, which later was renamed the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration…. Read More

Machzorim for Lund

In Baltimore, as in most American cities, wearing a kippah (yarmulke) is something we do as an expression of our Judaism. Many of us wear one all the time, as a part of our everyday life. Some wear one for specifically Jewish occasions (weddings, funerals, or when praying, learning or entering a synagogue). Although traditionally… Read More

Orioles Deal for Jewish Pitcher Feldman

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For the second time in just seven months, the Orioles have tapped into Major League Baseball’s Jewish market. On Tuesday, July 2, the Orioles bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring pitcher Scott Feldman — one of 11 Jewish players currently on a major league roster — in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore parted… Read More

Ambassador Michael Oren To Leave Post

Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, announced that he will be leaving his post this fall. “Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer bonds,” Oren said in a statement sent to media and posted… Read More

Egypt President Mohamed Morsi Ousted By Military

 Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president of Egypt whose rule sparked protests that had engulfed the country since last Friday, was removed from power on Wednesday by the Egyptian military. The constitution of Egypt was also suspended. Egypt Army Chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised speech that Adly Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s… Read More