At Biennial Gathering, Reform Movement Expands its Tent

Vice President Joe Biden received a warm welcome from thousands of Reform Jews at a conference that saw the passage of the most comprehensive resolution on inclusivity and gender rights by a Jewish mainstream movement. Speaking Saturday before 5,000 Reform Jews at the 2015 Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism in Orlando, Fla., Biden… Read More

Filmmaker’s Presentation Met with Protest Israeli television personality Assi Azar screens film at Goucher College to mixed audience

Assi Azar, photo from A Wider Bridge, screen shot.

Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted an Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate who had come to Goucher College last week to screen a film addressing how parents cope with their children coming out as gay. According to the Israeli speaker, Assi Azar, this was the first time in his U.S. tour promoting “Mom, Dad, I Have… Read More

Western High’s Class of 1950 hosts 65th reunion

From left: Beverly Kronthal, Sandy Liberman, Zelda Zaben and Beatrice Yoffe pose for a photo at the 65th reunion of Western’s Class of 1950. (photo by Justin Katz)

Gentle lighting, several tables decorated with yellow flowers, cloths with blue napkins precisely folded and placed in pristine white cups for each seat, and the reoccurring sounds of friends excitedly reuniting set the scene. In the front of the room was a podium decorated with a cloth that read “WHS 1950,” with a crest resembling… Read More

Moving Forward Israeli Druze pursue new partnerships

A veterans’ organization is working to help Druze soldiers integrate into the 
Israeli workforce.

Carrying the five-color flag of the Druze people, the four Israel Defense Force veterans worked the hotel ballroom, sharing their story and impressed upon whomever would listen the need for investment in the Israeli-Druze community. Esti Winter, an Israeli Jew who made aliyah decades ago, accompanied the members of the Druze Veterans Association to the… Read More

A Swing to the Left Will Justin Trudeau’s victory erode Canada’s support for Israel?

Justin Trudeau has pressed all the right buttons in his support for Israel.

TORONTO — The election of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister represents the first change in Canadian government since Stephen Harper and his Conservatives assumed power in 2006. What is unlikely to change, however, is Ottawa’s robust support for Israel — a policy cemented under Harper, whose forceful backing of the Jewish state… Read More

Vicki Almond Loses Aide But Gains His Wife Mandee Heinl joins District 2 team

Steve and Mandee Heinl (center) with Vicki Almond (third from left), Jon Cardin (far right) and others at their wedding. (Photo provided)

When Vicki Almond’s legislative aide Steve Heinl left for an Annapolis law firm, the Baltimore County councilwoman didn’t even have to look outside the family for his replacement. On Oct. 5, Mandee Heinl, Steve’s wife, became Almond’s new aide. But this is no case of nepotism, as Mandee, 25, boasts a master’s degree in public… Read More

Never Met a Stranger Linda Greenberg’s care for the homeless and needy was felt throughout Maryland and beyond

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Linda Greenberg, a prominent humanitarian in Anne Arundel County, died at the age of 72 on Friday Oct. 30 as a result of complications from heart-valve replacement surgery. Greenberg was well known in the Jewish community for her founding of the Christmas Eve charity “Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy.” Greenberg started the drive in 1989 as… Read More

One in Several Million Journalist searches for grandfather’s ‘true love’

Sarah Wildman reads excerpts from her book “Paper Love” during a presentation at Chizuk Amuno 
Congregation, which was moderated by Suzy Snyder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

When people hear about the atrocities of the Holocaust, they most likely are told how enormous it was. Millions of victims killed; thousands of work camps established throughout Europe. But Sarah Wildman’s book, “Paper Love,” tracks the life of only one person: Valerie Scheftel (nicknamed Valy), who Wildman discovered was her grandfather’s “true love” (according… Read More