New Blood Missouri’s secretary of state, who is young and Jewish, challenges longtime incumbent senator

National Democrats looking to take back the Senate in 2016 scored what they considered a victory on Feb. 19, when Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, 33, who is Jewish, officially announced his candidacy to challenged first-term incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in his hometown of Columbia. For many Missourians, even Democrats, the announcement by… Read More

Pulling No Punches

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the process. Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, March 3 following a six-week buildup that spurred questions about the propriety… Read More

Delegate Accused of Domestic Violence

State Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) failed to appear in Baltimore County District Court Monday morning to address a protective order brought against him by his teenage daughter. Jalisi, whose disputed residence in Baltimore County drew headlines last fall, is accused by his daughter of slapping her during a Feb. 21 altercation at a… Read More

Jewish Groups Slam Boteach Ad on Susan Rice

WASHINGTON — An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach accusing National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement appearing in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran this week in… Read More

Order of Protection Against BalCo Delegate Extended

Baltimore County Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) failed to appear in Baltimore County District Court Monday morning to address a protective order brought against him by his teenage daughter, resulting in a one-week extension of a temporary order granted Feb. 24. Jalisi “pushed open my bedroom door and demanded I agree with him in an argument… Read More

Blooming with Innovation

The mid-winter board meeting of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev convened in Baltimore this month to discuss the research of BGU’s staff and even explore a deep, albeit mysterious, Baltimore connection as part of the organization’s “Blooming with Innovation” program. Dr. Tuvia Friling, a senior researcher at BGU’s Research Institute for the… Read More

Jewish Doctor Bids for Vitale’s Seat

Emergency room physician Ron Elfenbein is bidding for the hotly contested state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left vacant when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was sworn in as a county circuit court judge appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan. Vitale resigned on Monday, Feb. 23 upon assuming the bench. According… Read More

A Funding Fight

As attacks on and threats levied against Jewish communities are on the rise around the world, a fight is raging in Congress over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. Now, Jewish communal officials and security experts in the United States are beginning to worry that the possibility of a departmental shutdown would strip… Read More

Lifelong Learning in Harford County Melton School expands to Temple Adas Shalom

Over the course of four years, 27 adults in Harford County are aiming to complete 100 hours of Jewish learning. Through the expansion of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, now housed at the Macks Center for Jewish Education, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, in Park Heights, members of… Read More

Shomrim’s Watchful Eye Patrol group embraces community’s concerns, challenges

For many in Baltimore’s Jewish community, a call to Shomrim precedes even a call to police when someone spots suspicious activity. The community watch group — one of at least three dedicated to protecting the bulk of the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore — is growing. “The organization is growing both in profile and community… Read More