University of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation launch new American Jewish Studies program
BY Jeffrey F. Barken and Jacob Kamaras
August 21, 2013

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, among others. What’s happening in the American Jewish community and how those events impact future support CONTINUE »

Former NCSY executive director establishes first-ever international nonprofit organization combining physical fitness with leadership training to bolster Jewish unity and promote the culture of Jewish philanthropy
BY Abigail Klein Leichman
August 21, 2013

Rabbi Ari Solomont thinks a bike is a perfect vehicle for raising money earmarked to benefit good causes. The Hashmonaim, Israel, resident’s recently launched Cycle for Unity ( is in gear to revolutionize Jewish activism and philanthropy. He rolled out this initiative to get young adults and professionals excited about connecting to charities, both Jewish CONTINUE »

Holocaust survivor Israel Gruzin has leaned on, valued his handiness throughout life
BY David Snyder
August 21, 2013

Lithuania native Israel Gruzin stood silently, grimly watching his cabinet-making shop engulfed in flames. It was his first very own business since immigrating to Baltimore in 1955. The year was 1976, and the Pikesville Lumber Yard — adjacent to Gruzin’s workshop — had caught fire. There was nothing he could do as his projects, materials CONTINUE »

BY Emily Minton
August 21, 2013

On Sunday, July 21, the world lost an esteemed teacher, father and friend of the community, as Etan Savir of Silver Spring and formerly of Baltimore passed away. He was 51. Born in New York on Oct. 10, 1961 to David and Elizabeth Savir, Savir graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1983 and CONTINUE »

A High Holiday initiative and interactive map, that’s what!
BY Laura Hermoza
August 21, 2013

Earlier this month, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation launched its High Holidays Initiative as a continuing commitment for connecting young Jewish adults both nationally and locally with the Jewish community. With a newly enhanced interactive map, it is now easier than ever to locate upcoming High Holiday services and events. “Birthrighters wanted to CONTINUE »