Common Ground

PHILADELPHIA — Professional and lay Jewish day school leaders gathered in the City of Brotherly Love for three days to forge “uncommon connections” with their peers. The fifth North American Jewish Day School Conference, which ended March 10, brought an estimated 1,000 participants to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, where the stated goal was to learn… Read More

Hearing Held on Life Insurance Bill

Legislation forbidding life insurance providers in Maryland from limiting coverage, discontinuing coverage or requiring larger payments from clients based on future lawful travel plans — such as to Israel — could be inching closer to law. In a hearing two weeks ago on House Bill 352 in the House Health and Government Operations Committee, lobbyists… Read More

Freundel Resigns from Towson

Rabbi Barry Freundel, who pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism on Feb. 19, has resigned from Towson University, effective March 27, according to a universityspokesperson. Freundel, who started teaching at Towson as a tenured professor in 2009, was suspended from the university after his arrest in October. He will have received $30,830 since the… Read More

The Somali Connection Muslim, Jewish communities unite to combat terrorist recruitment

As the U.S battles Islamist terrorism abroad, cities such as Minneapolis, with its large Muslim Somali population, have emerged as ground zero in the psychological and sociological battles at home. Somali community groups there have joined forces with the federal government to prevent terrorist recruitment as well as anchor, educate and support young Somalis in… Read More

Time to Celebrate Shabbat Across America

When the sun sets this Friday, thousands of Jews across the United States will come together to learn and observe Shabbat as part of Shabbat Across America, a project organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program. A number of local congregations are switching up their normal Shabbat routines to celebrate the 18th year of the… Read More

Bibi or Bougie? Despite focus on security, Israeli elections could come down to social issues

Israelis will head to the polls early next week to cast their votes for the country’s 20th Knesset. As Election Day draws closer, the question has become: Will Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retain his position, or will Isaac Herzog, the not-as-charismatic leader of the opposition Labor Party and its joint Zionist Union slate with Hatnuah,… Read More

AIPAC Doubles Down Focus on Iran

Organizers for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee told attendees of its Policy Conference 2015 that unlike previous years –where a number of issues and pieces of legislation made up the slate of lobbying initiatives – this Tuesday delegates should focus solely on “stopping Iran.” “When we go to the Hill on Tuesday, we will… Read More

Delegate Consents to Protective Order

Freshman Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) agreed to a restraining order on Monday barring him from contact with his daughter for one year. “He took fierce exception to the allegations,” Jalisi’s lawyer, former Montgomery County Del. Luiz Simmons told the court on March 9. Nevertheless, Jalisi agreed to not contact his daughter or enter… Read More

Arthur Bushel’s Illustrious Public Health Career

Dr. Arthur Bushel’s career includes a long list of accolades — leadership positions with both the New York City and state health departments, work in getting fluoride in the city’s water, leading the effort to get African-Americans accepted in the American Dental Association and a chair position at a Johns Hopkins University department — but… Read More

Technion Brings Students to Baltimore

A trio of representatives from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology traveled to Baltimore last week to tout the successes of their school. “I grew up hearing about the Technion,” said Eitan Lukin, a junior electrical engineering student at the university. “It’s very prestigious around the world.” Lukin, Neta Sagi, a second-year medical student, and Yehuda… Read More