Week of Advocacy Hundreds of Jewish teens from USY descend on Baltimore for annual convention

Teens at the United Synagogue Youth International Convention gather at the southwest corner of Camden Yards in Baltimore on Dec. 29. The protest came in response to the April 2015 Orioles game played in an empty stadium. (Daniel Schere)

More than 700 Jewish teens packed the rooms of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront from Dec. 27 to Dec. 31 for United Synagogue Youth’s 65th Annual International Convention. The event’s theme was “Think More. Do More. B’more.” and focused on  issues at home and abroad. The day’s events of Dec. 29 began with empowerment workshops in… Read More

Jews for Judaism East Closes After 32 Years Lack of funding, flagging interest cited as reasons for dissolution

Jews for Judaism East, the regional arm of the national organization that thwarts proselytizers targeting Jews for conversion and works to strengthen and preserve Jewish identity through education and counseling, closed its doors last month after 32 years. Citing dwindling financial support as the primary cause, executive director Ruth Guggenheim said that the board came… Read More

Living Life Through Giving Life Everyman Theatre uses real-life organ donor example to illustrate the experience’s powerful emotions

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Birth, bar mitzvah, wedding … liver transplant? Donating or receiving a vital organ does not typically make the list when we think of events in the cycle of life. But for several in Baltimore’s Jewish community, it can be a signature moment in the lives of the recipient, donor and everyone else involved. Everyman Theatre… Read More

Jewish Community Split on End-of-Life Issue ‘Death with Dignity’ bill to be proposed again this legislative session

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The issue of allowing terminally ill, mentally competent individuals to choose to end their lives will be debated once again in the Maryland General Assembly. While a number of legislators, including the lead sponsor, and advocates who support the option are Jewish, the community is all but united on the issue leading into the start… Read More

‘Human Rights Are Human Rights’ Left and right make common cause on alleged torture of Jewish Duma suspects

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, protests at a New York demonstration organized by the right-wing Americans for a Safe Israel.

The issue of torture in Israel has received unusual attention in recent weeks because of the identity of the alleged victims. Human rights groups say nothing is new in the allegations that Jewish youths, arrested in connection with an arson attack over the summer that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in the West… Read More

Advancing NGO bill Israel’s Cabinet fires another shot at its critics

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, (far left), and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (AMIR COHEN/Photo via Newscom)

TEL AVIV — Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship. Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly declare their foreign government funding is moving toward passage after it was approved by a Cabinet committee on Sunday. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked,  who proposed the… Read More