How the 2016 Election Is Upending Pro-Israel Orthodoxies

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WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned upside… Read More

Center Aims to Bring Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows

Opening the SAFE Center in College Park are, from left, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, founder and director Susan Esserman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and UMd.-Baltimore President Jay Perman. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

It was a night ride with law enforcement about two years ago that opened Susan Esserman’s eyes to an invisible crisis in Prince George’s County, one she wants to be much more known: human trafficking. Esserman, a Washington trade lawyer who previously served as the deputy U.S. trade ambassador during President Bill Clinton’s administration, had… Read More

Bolstering Baltimore’s Film Industry

Members of the inaugural class of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies took part in a four-day screenplay lab in which industry experts gave feedback on projects. Among those pictured are participants Harrison Demchick (far right) and Zack Schlosberg (back row, second from right) and fund director Roberto Busó-García (back row, third from left). (Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund)

A new fund named after a pioneering film producer will connect budding filmmakers with resources and experts in an attempt to grow Baltimore’s film industry. The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies, recently launched at Johns Hopkins University, creates an incubator for filmmakers to connect with industry veterans, executives, artists and entrepreneurs to… Read More

Sympathy for Palestinians Up Sharply

An Israeli border policeman speaks to a Palestinian man next to a stabbing scene in Jerusalem’s Old City in Oct. 2015. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Democrats are more than four times as likely as Republicans to say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, according to a Pew Research Center survey published last week, and sympathy for the Palestinians among Americans overall is growing. Sympathy for the Palestinians is up most sharply among the youngest… Read More

Gorelick Joins JCPA

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) announced that Melanie Roth Gorelick joined the JCPA team as a vice president of the organization. Gorelick brings 10 years of experience as a leader in the Jewish community relations field to her new position. Most recently, she has served as the director of the community relations committee… Read More

JCC Names Rabbi to Direct Teen Engagement

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the JCC of Greater Baltimore announced the appointment of Rabbi Dena Shaffer as executive director of the Jewish Community’s new Center for Teen Engagement (CTE). As the executive director of CTE, Rabbi Shaffer will provide visionary and strategic leadership for the implementation of the center’s goals and objectives. Her primary responsibilities will… Read More

JCS Names New Executive Director

The board of directors of Jewish Community Services announced that it has selected Joan Grayson Cohen to become the agency’s next executive director. Cohen, who is currently the director of economic services, has been a staff member of JCS and Jewish Family Services, one of its founding agencies, for 22 years. During this tenure, Cohen… Read More

Knott Appointed to BCEDC

James Knott (Photo provided)

The Baltimore County Economic Development Commission has appointed James F. Knott Jr. as its new director. Knott serves as president of Knott Realty Group. He is responsible for all facets of the company, including financing, development, construction, leasing and property management. He has developed and constructed approximately 2 million square feet of office and industrial… Read More

Hecht Earns Zelda Award

Hecht Earns Zelda Award In recognition of his dedication and commitment to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual campaign, Brad Hecht was presented with the Zelda Miller Award, which honors young adult leaders for their dedication to the annual campaign. Hecht has long-standing involvement in the Jewish community through The Associated. After graduating… Read More