Whose Rights?

A 10-member delegation of Jews and Muslims told the Danish ambassador to the United States that his country’s ban on ritual slaughter has sullied Denmark’s reputation. Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, led the Feb. 27 delegation in protest of the ban, which went into effect at the end of February…. Read More

‘Playing with Fire’

After a Polish court tossed out a government regulation permitting kos-her slaughter in 2012, Poland’s $500 million ritual slaughter industry was expected to be brought to its knees. Evidence shows, however, that not only was kosher slaughter still being performed in Poland as recently as this month, but also that kosher meat producers had help… Read More

Oxfam Aid Questioned

An Israeli organization is mulling over taking a legal fight against Oxfam International to the global aid conglomerate’s donors, cutting off a source of funds it says is ending up in the hands of people allied with terror groups. “We are thinking of alerting the foundations that fund Oxfam,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director and founder of… Read More

AIPAC 2014: Iran Tops Agenda

The world may have been absorbed Sunday morning by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but inside the Washington Convention Center, the country on everyone’s mind was Iran. From speakers and panelists, in crowded meeting rooms and an arena-sized hall, the reported 14,000 Israel supporters attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s three-day annual policy conference… Read More

AIPAC 2014: Baltimore Goes To AIPAC

When he took the dais Monday morning to kick off that day’s installment of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke with urgency about the tumultuous situation in the Middle East, the importance of Israel on the world stage and the threat of a nuclear Iran. The message… Read More

Smart Meter Brings Higher Fees

Maryland residents who wish to opt out of new wireless electric meters will pay to keep the current analog meters. The Maryland Public Service Commission established one-time upfront and monthly fees for customers of BGE, Pepco, DPL and SMECO who don’t want to have smart meters installed on their properties. The upfront fees can be… Read More

Einstein’s Jewish Science

“Jewish science” was a term used in Nazi Germany that packed a racist and political charge, spoken with the intention to denigrate the work of Albert Einstein and his Jewish contemporaries. In his book “Einstein’s Jewish Science,” philosopher and author Steven Gimbel dissects this accusation — investigating the pathways of Jewish identity, religion and culture… Read More

‘4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions’

The upstairs bar at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point was packed last week, but it wasn’t the beer that brought the crowd; it was Israel. The discussion group “4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions,” which comprises Rabbis Josh Snyder, Jessy Gross, Etan Mintz and Daniel Burg, each from a different denomination, hosted a talk the night of… Read More

A Different Kind Of Wedding

When Mindy Dickler’s son, Elie, revealed to her two-and-a-half years ago that he was gay, she felt totally alone. Today, Dickler and others in the Baltimore community are working to make sure that parents and families of LGBT Jews never feel alone again. “In some ways, it’s very individual,” Dickler said of the process of… Read More

Purim for All

For Elaine Gerstenfeld, Purim is a tale of Jewish unity. In the biblical story, Queen Esther gathered the Jews to unite against Haman, a royal official on a mission to kill the Jews of Persia. “When he describes the Jews, he describes them as divided and dispersed,” explained Gerstenfeld, who is organizing the second annual… Read More