Fiscal Cliff Avoided?

The nation narrowly has avoided falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, at least for a brief time. Congress retained most tax cuts and cut some spending but continued to put off deeper cuts. The House of Representatives remains deeply divided and at odds with the president but still passed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans,… Read More

Neuman to O’Malley’s Office

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Stephen Neuman as his new director of public affairs. Neuman began his job as a top adviser to the governor in early January. The veteran Washington political operative, a lawyer, is expected to prove valuable to the state and also to Gov. O’Malley personally should the governor decide to run… Read More

Showtime in Howard County

For the 21st consecutive year, Columbia Jewish Congregation will present its annual Jewish Film Series, which will open Jan. 19 with “The Little Traitor,” a 2007 film in Hebrew and English that centers on 12-year-old Proffy Liebowitz and his adventures in the months just prior to the formation of the Jewish state. The series continues… Read More

Big On Perspective

Matthew Jeffers admits that being unable to fall back to sleep early some mornings, he has instead contemplated his prospective plans for the day, only to let them all eventually fall by the wayside. We’ve all been there. However, a few weeks ago, Jeffers, a senior at Towson University, was awake at 6:30 a.m. and… Read More

Fitness Faux Pas

Walking into the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center fitness center this week, I saw a few somewhat familiar faces. “Hmm,” I thought, “How do I know these people?” Then I remembered, these were folks I had seen in the gym for appr-oximately the first two weeks of January last year. I call them “resolutioners.”… Read More

Chavez & The Jews

In his 14 years in 
power, Hugo Chavez 
turned Venezuela 
into the Latin American 
hub of anti-American 
rogue states.
MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/Newscom

Like one of those telenovelas that are so popular on Latin American television stations, the slow yet inexorable deterioration of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has been soaked in drama and cloying sentimentality. For almost two years, Chavez has been fighting cancer. And for most of that time, he has been claiming — falsely — to… Read More

Spice & Spirit

Mayer Niknava still dreams of the tastes and aromas of authentic Persian foods.
(Photo By David Stuck)

Mayer Niknava has been in the United States for 25 years. He married an Ashkenazi woman. Still, every Friday night, his house is filled with traditional Persian aromas. He said he still dreams of the tastes of Iran. Turmeric is the main spice used in Persian food, Niknava, who lives off Seven Mile Lane, said…. Read More

Light Of The East

Daniel Golfeiz (left) and Rabbi Rouben Arieh say Ohr Hamizrach's success has improved the self-esteem of the local Iranian Jewish community.
(Photo By David Stuck)

It was four years ago this March that a three-story, 20,000-square-foot building modeled after the magnificent Persian palaces of ancient Iran, was dedicated. The building, located on the corner of Fallstaff Road and Park Heights Avenue, at 6813 Park Heights Ave., is known as Ohr Hamizrach Sephardic Center. The shul is named for Rabbi Herman… Read More

Ancient & Modern Collide

The tomb of 
Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran.
Egmont Strigl Image Broker/Newscom

Today, Iran’s relationship with the Jewish state — and some say with the Jews — is explosive, or potentially so. It wasn’t always this way. Jews have been in Iran for more than 2,700 years, arriving before the destruction of the First Temple in 587 BCE and the resultant exile of the Jews from Judea… Read More

The 21st-Century Iranian Jew

On Nov. 26, Toobah Nehdaran, 57, was murdered in her home in the Jewish quarter of the city of Isfahan in Iran. The murder, according to a statement by the ad hoc Jewbareh Committee, took place against the backdrop of the victim’s previous complaint against the takeover of a section of her family residence by… Read More