WHO approves Israeli-developed circumcision device

JTA Wire Service The World Health Organization approved an Israeli-developed non-surgical circumcision device that could soon be used throughout Africa to help control AIDS. PrePex, a disposable and easy-to-use device made of rubber bands that obviates the need for anesthesia, stitches or a sterile setting, received WHO approval on Friday, The New York Times reported.

N.Y. yeshiva students, called ‘non-compliant,’ ejected from flight

The senior class of a New York yeshiva high school was kicked off a flight for being “non-compliant.” The 101 students and eight chaperones from the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn were asked to leave the early-morning Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Atlanta on Monday, CNN reported. Flight attendants said the students did… Read More

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

JTA Wire Service New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died. Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, his office said. Two far-reaching laws bear the name of the Democrat, who served a combined 30 years… Read More

‘Really Dangerous’

Courtesy Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi.
Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi

On May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of “approved” candidates for the June 14 presidential election. As expected, the list of eight candidates included a number of hardliners loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, crushing any hope that Iran’s next president would bring about new policies that would end the nuclear standoff… Read More

Sanctions, Support

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Jay Bernstein

With two weeks until Iran’s presidential election and with an announcement last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran has accelerated the installation of critical nuclear infrastructure, allowing Tehran to greatly increase the pace of its uranium enrichment,  the U.S. Senate and House have passed legislation emphasizing Iran’s global threat and restating… Read More

In The Air

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The message of Passover, 
Rabbi Sarah Schechter is quick to point out, is freedom.

As Sarah Schechter watched the twin towers fall in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, she immediately decided to join the military. The fact that she was already married and attending rabbinical school didn’t change her mind one bit. “I realized how important our military is to protect us, to keep us safe, to keep… Read More

A New Beginning

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Jennifer Tyrrell (left) hugs Pascal Tessier at a news conference in Grapevine, Texas, following the BSA's decision to end its policy of prohibiting openly gay youths from participating in Scout activities.

The Jewish community played a significant role in working to lift the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America.At their annual meeting in Grape-vine, Texas, 61 percent of 1,400 members voted May 23 in favor of lifting the ban, which had been in place since 1991. The new policy will go into effect… Read More

‘Inline’ For A Challenge

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On July 31, Sheldon “Shlomo” Caplan will participate in the fourth annual Bike4Chai — on inline skates.

Departing from Asbury Park, N.J., on July 31, Pikesville resident Sheldon “Shlomo” Caplan will be one of approximately 300 people taking part in Bike4Chai, a two-day bike ride that raises funds for Chai Lifeline, a nationwide organization that provides care services for terminally ill children. Like his cohorts, Caplan will experience the grind of a… Read More

Now Trending Among Jewish Professionals

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DFI’s leadership summit talked “Playlist Judaism.”

Playlist Judaism. That was the title of Dr. Kerry Olitzky’s presentation to approximately 125 Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders gathered for the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center’s  Professional Leadership Summit at Temple Oheb Shalom on May 21. But there were no iPods, klezmer bands or song leaders on… Read More

Citizenship. Community. Economics.

Students and staff from Bais Yaakov School For Girls spent a day at BizTown, where the girls were challenged to learn skills that at first may seem irrelevant to sixth-graders but may be very relevant within the next five years.

How can a Bank of America office, a CareFirst office, a Toyota Financial Services office and the Baltimore Business Journal fit into a 10,000-square-foot facility? Answer: BizTown. A program of the nonprofit Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Owings Mills headquarters, BizTown grants students the opportunity to learn real-life lessons outside the classroom. It is also… Read More