An Academic Exercise


Four months into his tenure as CEO of Hillel International, Eric Fingerhut says he understands several things. “Everyone understands that the discussion about Israel on campus has gotten complex. There are legitimate areas for discussion, and Hillel wants to foster robust dialogue and build [the students’] connection to Israel, which is my ultimate goal.” In… Read More

Werdesheim Gets Convictions Stricken


Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Pamela White struck the convictions on Tuesday, Dec. 17, of a former Shomrim member who was arrested in the beating of a teenager in November 2010. Eli Werdesheim, 26, was convicted last summer of wrongful imprisonment and assault in the beating of Corey Ausby, an African-American teenager who was 15 at… Read More

Jewish World Mourns Bronfman


Edgar Miles Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21 at his home in New York. He was 84. Bronfman, a billionaire beverage executive and major philanthropist to Jewish organizations, was also known for his central roles in the liberation of Soviet Jewry and the fight to secure restitution from… Read More

A Unique Community


South Africa is a captivating country that offers a multitude of experiences from wildlife spotting and whale watching to spectacular scenery. Travelers can trace the history of humans with a visit to the caves at the Cradle of Mankind. They can ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town or… Read More

JDC Centennial Event


Thanking one Asian country for its kindness toward Jews faced with annihilation 75 years ago and warning another not to even think about harming Israel, top Jewish officials at a Dec. 11 dinner wrapped up three days of meetings that marked the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Jose L. Cuisia,… Read More

Meet The Mayor


Meet Itamar Shimoni. The new mayor of Ashkelon, 45, is the father of three children between the ages of 21/2 and 7. In late October, Shimoni beat out four-time incumbent Benny Vaknin. So what? “The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership has become one of the crown jewels among the long list of programs within The Associated and its… Read More

Jacob Ostreicher Released


Jacob Ostreicher, the Orthodox father of five who had been held against his will in Bolivia for more than two years, is back in the United States at an undisclosed location, his family announced on Tuesday, Dec. 17. “I am not sure of the details,” said his daughter, Chaya Weinberger. “I still have not heard… Read More

Magic Water


Walk into the mikvah [ritual bath] at Beth El Congregation and the tile sparkles — literally. Its healing waters call out, “You are at Heaven’s gate. Connect with God.” It sounds like the start of a good novel — fiction, of course. But the Beth El mikvah, transformed this past year from a beautiful ritual… Read More

Good Karma


Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for… Read More