Rabbi Sunshine Is Chosen

Rabbi Ari Sunshine said he is looking forward to exploring the challenges facing today’s Jewish community.

Rabbi Ari Sunshine, religious leader of B’nai Shalom Synagogue in Olney, is among a group of 27 rabbis across North America chosen to participate in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s 5th Rabbinical Leadership Cohort. The Rabbinical Leadership Cohort was started by Hartman Institute founder, the late Rabbi Professor David Hartman, in 2000. Its mission is to… Read More

Natural Gas Exportation By Israel

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Israel not too long ago crossed a major energy milestone when the daily supply of natural gas began flowing from the Tamar offshore res-erve — gas that is expected to power Israel’s electricity production for the coming decades. But while the domestic use of gas makes Israel less dependent on foreign energy than ever before,… Read More

Accessible

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The dark and rainy weather last Friday, June 7, didn’t dampen the spirits of the close to 80 people who gathered at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown for the third annual Shabbaton for the Deaf-Blind. The Shabbaton, which ran through noon on Sunday, June 9, included workshops, educational presentations, discussions, Shabbat rituals, prayers, dinner, Havdalah… Read More

Quebec Official: Rosh Hashanah Election Date Not Discriminatory

A Canadian government minister who said the Jewish community receives “privileged treatment” denied that a 2016 election scheduled for Rosh Hashanah discriminates against Jews. “Give me a break,” said Bernard Drainville, the Parti Québécois minister of democratic institutions and active citizenship, in response to a reporter’s question about his refusal to change the proposed date… Read More

Long-lost Nazi Diary Recovered In Upstate N.Y. Home

A lost journal of Nazi official Alfred Rosenberg was recovered in a home in upstate New York. The journal, with more than 400 pages of details on the Third Reich’s policy from 1936 to 1944, includes accounts of meetings with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Herman Goering, Reuters reported. Lost after the Nuremberg war crime… Read More

Google Confirms Waze Acquisition

Google confirmed its acquisition of the Israeli navigation company Waze. In an announcement Tuesday on the company’s official blog, Google Vice President Brian McClendon did not indicate the price Google paid to acquire Waze, though reports put the figure at $1.1 billion. McClendon said the product development team at Waze, a free downloadable navigation app… Read More

Peres, Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

JTA Wire Service Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for peace at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. Peres in his address Sunday evening said, “I am here to express the hope and desire of the Israeli people to bring an end to the conflict and a beginning to a… Read More

Cigarette Smuggling Funding Terrorism

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Just weeks after New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that the city took down a massive Eastern Seaboard unstamped cigarette trafficking enterprise, there are still murmurs — and strong suspicions — that the suspects were funneling a portion of the more than $55 million… Read More

Maryland man convicted of conspiring to illegally provide satellite services to Iran

A federal jury has convicted a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iran, of charges arising from a conspiracy to illegally provide satellite related services to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, money laundering and obstruction of bankruptcy proceedings, according to a release by the Department of Homeland Security. As a result… Read More