Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore

Angela Davis, political activist and author, earned a standing ovation after her keynote address. (Jules Cowan)

A progressive look at the Middle East with an emphasis on sympathy toward the Palestinian people may not be the mainstream approach to Israel in the organized Jewish community, but Jewish Voice for Peace is proudly bucking the trend. The organization met in Baltimore last weekend for its national membership meeting, with the growing organization… Read More

The Big Question Is Tom Cotton the future of the GOP?

Sen. Tom Cotton

Despite having served in the Senate for little less than three months, freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is making his presence felt through his willingness to stand on his own and advocate a hawkish foreign policy. While his antics have alienated fellow lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill — including some from his own party… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Council and D.C. Counterpart Lobby Annapolis

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Maryland’s Jewish community turned out in full force Tuesday evening in the state capital to lobby legislators for a number of Jewish causes. More than 240 Maryland Jews met with more than 30 state legislators and legislative staff members at the state Senate and House of Delegates office buildings at the annual Advocacy Day, hosted… Read More

Saying Goodbye

Jory and Barbara Newman plan to close their longtime Northwest Baltimore shop, Pikesville Silver and Antiques, by the end of spring. (Pam Stegemarten)

In a few short months, Pikesville will lose two of its longest-lasting storefronts with the closure of Pikesville Silver and Antiques and Pikesville Jewelry & Coin. At the end of the month, Pikesville Jewelry & Coin will close its doors in favor of switching to a consult-only business model, and, just more than two months… Read More

Common Ground

Rabbi David Lapin (Provided)

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

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

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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

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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

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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