Peres at Rabin Memorial: Ruling Over Others Against Jewish Values

Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin. “Peace has become a derogatory term. There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional,” Peres said last Sunday night to thousands of people gathered in Rabin… Read More

Ancient Russian Synagogues Rededicated

Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship. One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The renovation cost $2.5 million, which came mostly from the Russian-Jewish billionaire German Khan. Last… Read More

Loyola U. Chicago Sanctions Hillel, SJP

Loyola University Chicago has determined that the campus chapters of both Hillel and Students for Justice in Palestine violated university rules. A board of Loyola administrators ruled Friday that both organizations had broken the rules in a campus incident on Sept. 9, an announcement issued by the university said. In the incident, members of Students… Read More

Athens Holocaust Memorial Desecrated

The Athens Holocaust Memorial was desecrated for the second time in five months. On Oct. 30, the logo of the ultranationalist group known as the Unaligned Meander Nationalists was spray-painted in blue on the memorial. In June, threats against the Jewish community were spray-painted on the monument, which was erected in 2010 and commemorates the… Read More

Out of the Loop

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In 2012, when Rita Kaufman Grindle’s now 17-year-old daughter Maura wanted to join her North America Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) group on an Eisen-drath Israel Experience (EIE) program, Grindle sought financial assistance from The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The Annapolis resident and member of… Read More

Hogan Dominates

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Real estate executive Larry Hogan made history Tuesday night, riding a wave of rural and middle-class support to victory as Maryland’s second Republican governor in nearly half a century. In his come-from-behind defeat of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democrat who would have become the state’s first African-American governor, Hogan capped a campaign that focused… Read More

Firefighting, the Israeli Way

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A dozen firefighters had to rethink their longstanding approaches to structural fires as they learned how the Israelis do it. They were told to multitask and enter a mock structure fire alone — both atypical ideas to American firefighters. Those were two of the biggest differences firefighters learned during their two-day training last week for… Read More

Small but Strong: Jews in Western Maryland

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With its claim of being the oldest continually operating synagogue in Maryland and the only one in the city of Cumberland, B’er Chayim Temple, thanks to the perseverance of its small but dedicated community and generous funding from the Sara (Feldstein) Ridgway and John Ridgway Trust, is celebrating its 150-year-old structure’s much-needed facelift with a… Read More

Verbal Assault

As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli Prime Minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

‘City College Made Me’

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Maryland’s oldes­t public high school, Baltimore City College, turned 175 years old last weekend. As part of the festivities, City held a Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor six accomplished alumni. Hosted by college adviser Rodney Joyner, the event was held in the school’s William Donald Schaefer Auditorium. Other events included The Women of… Read More