3 Area Camps ‘Go Fishing’

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Three area Jewish summer camps have been named new partners with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation while a fourth camp was tapped to receive a challenge grant. Baltimore overnight camps Gan Israel Northeast and Tizmoret Shoshana and day camp Milldale are three of only 16 camps selected as new affiliates of the JCamp180 program, which assists… Read More

JCC Beefs Up Security

On Monday, April 20, the JCC of Greater Baltimore increased security precautions at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. The security guard in the main lobby will now be armed, and a uniformed, but not armed, security guard will be stationed at the campus’ Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). The Weinberg Park Heights JCC already had armed… Read More

Legacy Lives On

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The band leader calls out, “Four, five, six, seven!” and the 20-piece ensemble springs to life with the opening bars of the iconic jazz number “Whiplash.” This Sunday evening, the Hank Levy Legacy Band will pay tribute to its namesake, Henry Jacob Levy, at Towson University, where he led the jazz program for 21 years…. Read More

Bais Yaakov May Sell Owings Mills Campus

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Citing growth in enrollment, Bais Yaakov School for Girls officials said the school could sell its Owings Mills campus and expand its Smith Avenue campus. “We’d like to do whatever we can to make it easier for our parents,” said Sandy Nissel, the school’s chief operating officer. That may mean selling its campus on Park… Read More

Taking on the ‘Israel Lobby’

Richard Falk, professor emeritus at Princeton University, accuses the United Nations of being biased against the Palestinians. (National Press Club)

A daylong seminar — “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the U.S.? Is It Good for Israel?” — was convened last Friday to discuss the so-called Jewish lobby’s power to influence politicians on Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. Such perspectives are rarely heard, but a safe space was provided by the National Press… Read More

Joining Together

Israelis in the Netherlands celebrate Purim at an event organized by the Dutch Israeli scouts movement Hatsofim. 
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Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depended on such shipments — not only for reading material in their native language, but also to feel connected to their country of… Read More

Damage Control

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The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s Seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food — rather, they were bemused at how the restaurant owner’s stand in favor of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act was… Read More

Iran Oversight Advances

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In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its chief sponsor, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked an important first test of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin’s ability to negotiate the… Read More

B’More Represented in Inaugural Leadership Class

Barak Hermann 
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JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann has been selected as a Schusterman Fellow, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation announced Monday. Hermann is one of 24 fellows from the United States, Israel, Australia and Europe from a variety of Jewish and secular nonprofit and for-profit organizations who were selected for the inaugural fellowship…. Read More

Out in the Open

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It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to deny same-sex couples their right… Read More