AIPAC Doubles Down Focus on Iran

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to a crowd of over 2,000 people at this year's JFNA GA. The keyword: security.

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

During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Arthur Bushel played a major role in bringing water fluoridation to New York City.
(Marc Shapiro)

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

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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

IDF Soldiers School Students Visiting pair humanize life in Israeli army

Yehuda (left) and Gal, both former IDF soldiers, take questions from Park School students after giving presentations about their lives in Israel at an 
assembly.

On a recent snowy Monday morning, a crowd of Park School’s upper school students gathered in the auditorium to hear stories from two former Israel Defense Forces soldiers — Gal and Yehuda — that covered everything from arresting a knife-wielding man to helping asylum seekers who spent three years walking from Eritrea in northeast Africa… Read More

‘Startup Nation Meets Startup State’ Israel, Maryland strengthen tech, investment ties

Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd, an Israeli company that finances startups, has announced his company is partnering with the Maryland/Israel 
Development Center.
(Photo by Suzanne Pollak)

Dror Sharon placed a finger-sized meter on a pear, opened an app on his smartphone and within seconds knew that each 100 grams of that green pear contained 72 calories and was 16 percent sugar. Sharon, co-founder of the Israeli company SCIO, envisions a day in the near future when everyone will use his spectrometer… Read More

JWRP Conference Comes to Pearlstone

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project is hosting a leadership conference at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown from March 9 to 11. The JWRP was founded in 2008 with a mission of empowering women to change the world through Jewish values. Its flagship program, the Momentum Trip, takes women to Israel for eight days and to… Read More

Center of Attention In Lithuania, Yiddish teacher becomes unlikely bulwark against far right

Dovid Katz has become a target of scorn for speaking out against 
ultranationalist groups in Lithuania.
(Photos by Cnaan Liphshiz)

KAUNAS, Lithuania — Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss. With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character from a Harry Potter film. But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi marches, complete with ultranationalists clad in medieval armor and… Read More

Raise Hell Instead of Money Mikulski announces her last term in Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, has announced she will not be running for a sixth term.
(Melissa Gerr)

Throwing Maryland politics into a tizzy and spurring jockeying for position for a rare open Senate seat, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday that she will not seek a sixth term in the chamber she’s served since 1987. There was “nothing gloomy about the announcement,” she said at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf in Fells Point…. Read More

Seeking Credit Day school advocates testify on private school tax break

Despite an onslaught of opposition in the state Senate charging private and parochial schools with discriminating against gays and lesbians and a six-hour wait to testify in the House of Delegates, advocates for a tax credit that would reward companies that make contributions to Maryland schools, including private and parochial schools, came ready to do… Read More