Netanyahu Keeps Calling for Talks with Abbas. Is He Serious?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Israel Defense Forces deputy chief of staff Yair Golan alongside President Reuven Rivlin at an Israeli Independence Day ceremony for outstanding  soldiers on May 12. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 via JTA)

TEL AVIV — For a leader often accused of not wanting to talk peace with the Palestinians,  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sure does a lot of talking about wanting to talk to the Palestinians. In a series of three statements this month, Netanyahu repeatedly stressed the need for peace with the Palestinians. He called… Read More

JHU Bestows Highest Honor on Power Couple

Ellen Heller (Provided)

When members of John Hopkins University’s class of 2016 walked across the stage at Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday to receive their degrees, there were eight others there receiving honorary doctorates for being leaders and innovators in their fields. Among those eight was a husband and wife who have left long-lasting impacts on the criminal… Read More

Envisioning the Future JCC Biennial celebrates history, looks ahead


More than 500 representatives of Jewish Community Centers from around the world convened in Baltimore this week for the JCCs of North America Biennial. The officials gathered to share their unique successes, discuss their concerns and look at how the continually evolving Jewish community poses challenges and opportunities for JCCs. The event also served as… Read More

White House Names Weissman as Jewish Liaison


Being a White House liaison to the Jewish community can be a tough, thankless job. But Chanan Weissman, who was appointed to the position last week for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s time in office, is more than prepared, say many of his closest colleagues. Weissman, 32, is the first modern Orthodox Jew to… Read More

How the 2016 Election Is Upending Pro-Israel Orthodoxies


WASHINGTON — When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016 presidential election, when the conventional pro-Israel wisdom has been turned upside… Read More

Center Aims to Bring Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows

Opening the SAFE Center in College Park are, from left, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, founder and director Susan Esserman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and UMd.-Baltimore President Jay Perman. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

It was a night ride with law enforcement about two years ago that opened Susan Esserman’s eyes to an invisible crisis in Prince George’s County, one she wants to be much more known: human trafficking. Esserman, a Washington trade lawyer who previously served as the deputy U.S. trade ambassador during President Bill Clinton’s administration, had… Read More

Bolstering Baltimore’s Film Industry

Members of the inaugural class of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies took part in a four-day screenplay lab in which industry experts gave feedback on projects. Among those pictured are participants Harrison Demchick (far right) and Zack Schlosberg (back row, second from right) and fund director Roberto Busó-García (back row, third from left). (Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund)

A new fund named after a pioneering film producer will connect budding filmmakers with resources and experts in an attempt to grow Baltimore’s film industry. The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Studies, recently launched at Johns Hopkins University, creates an incubator for filmmakers to connect with industry veterans, executives, artists and entrepreneurs to… Read More

Sympathy for Palestinians Up Sharply

An Israeli border policeman speaks to a Palestinian man next to a stabbing scene in Jerusalem’s Old City in Oct. 2015. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Democrats are more than four times as likely as Republicans to say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, according to a Pew Research Center survey published last week, and sympathy for the Palestinians among Americans overall is growing. Sympathy for the Palestinians is up most sharply among the youngest… Read More

Gorelick Joins JCPA

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) announced that Melanie Roth Gorelick joined the JCPA team as a vice president of the organization. Gorelick brings 10 years of experience as a leader in the Jewish community relations field to her new position. Most recently, she has served as the director of the community relations committee… Read More

JCC Names Rabbi to Direct Teen Engagement

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the JCC of Greater Baltimore announced the appointment of Rabbi Dena Shaffer as executive director of the Jewish Community’s new Center for Teen Engagement (CTE). As the executive director of CTE, Rabbi Shaffer will provide visionary and strategic leadership for the implementation of the center’s goals and objectives. Her primary responsibilities will… Read More