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

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