Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city shot

The Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was in critical condition after being shot in the back by an unidentified gunman on Monday. Gennady Kernes, 54, was going for his morning swim when he was shot and was immediately rushed to a local hospital, journalist Zurab Alasania — who works for the state-run National… Read More

Erdogan and Israel to normalize ties

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that a compensation deal between Israel and Turkey is forthcoming. In an interview with Charlie Rose of PBS, Erdogan said the deal would lead to “normalization” with Israel and will be signed in the next few weeks. “With the completion of this stage, we may move toward a… Read More

Defensive Berlusconi cites friendship of Israel

Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy, reiterated his claim to be a friend of the Jewish people and Israel and said it was “surreal” to call him anti-German. His assertions, made in a statement posted Monday on the website of his Forza Italia party, came in the wake of international outrage over remarks… Read More

Kerry ‘would have chosen a different word’ than apartheid

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that if he “could rewind the tape,” he “would have chosen a different word” than apartheid to describe his views on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Daily Beast had obtained a recording of Kerry saying that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” in… Read More

Facelift at Fifty


Nearly 50 years after its opening, the Pikesville High School community has much more to celebrate than an anniversary. Following a communitywide effort that involved students, parents, school officials and area politicians, the school will undergo a long-awaited, $40 million renovation, which will bring the institution on Labyrinth Road air conditioning, updated technology, new science… Read More

A Flair for Broadcasting


Sport5, or Sport Hamesh as it is known in Israel, is in many ways like ESPN in the United States. It is a combination of five cable and satellite sports networks that cover both amateur and professional sports from around the globe; but instead of English, it offers its content in Hebrew. At the age… Read More

Party Time


Israel is turning 66, and you are invited to the party. From feasting on falafel to bopping to Israeli beats, Jewish organizations across the area want you to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day in style at Yom Ha’atzmaut events next week. Fells Point’s contemporary bar, Vale Tudo, will be decked out in blue and white on… Read More

Striking Out


Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away,… Read More

Postmarked Jesus


Israel Restoration Ministries, the same California-based Messianic Jewish organization that distributed postcards in the fall displaying the logos of numerous local Jewish organizations, is back at it. Postcards with the headline, “Seder without a Passover or Seder with a Passover?” arrived in mailboxes across some of Baltimore’s most densely Jewish neighborhoods just in time for… Read More

Remembering in Howard County


In sharp contrast to the spring-like weather and bright skies this past Sunday, a standing-room-only crowd filled Howard County’s Oakland Mills Interfaith Center to commemorate what most believe is the darkest period in modern history. This year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration was dedicated to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, said Rabbi Seth… Read More