Israel Launches Pilot ID Program Challenged In Court

Israel’s Interior Ministry began a two-year trial of its controversial biometric data program. Beginning Monday, Israeli citizens seeking to obtain or renew their national identity cards can choose to receive a smart ID card by submitting their biometric data, including fingerprints and facial contours. The pilot program will start in Rishon Lezion and Ashdod. It… Read More

Alvin Schiff, Jewish Education Pioneer, Dies

 Alvin Schiff, a pioneer in Jewish education and a prolific author, has died. Schiff died of unknown causes, Yeshiva University announced Monday. He was in his mid-80s. At Yeshiva University, he established and directed the Graduate School of Jewish Education in 1959, which later was renamed the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration…. Read More

Machzorim for Lund

In Baltimore, as in most American cities, wearing a kippah (yarmulke) is something we do as an expression of our Judaism. Many of us wear one all the time, as a part of our everyday life. Some wear one for specifically Jewish occasions (weddings, funerals, or when praying, learning or entering a synagogue). Although traditionally… Read More

Orioles Deal for Jewish Pitcher Feldman


For the second time in just seven months, the Orioles have tapped into Major League Baseball’s Jewish market. On Tuesday, July 2, the Orioles bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring pitcher Scott Feldman — one of 11 Jewish players currently on a major league roster — in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore parted… Read More

Ambassador Michael Oren To Leave Post

Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, announced that he will be leaving his post this fall. “Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer bonds,” Oren said in a statement sent to media and posted… Read More

Egypt President Mohamed Morsi Ousted By Military

 Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president of Egypt whose rule sparked protests that had engulfed the country since last Friday, was removed from power on Wednesday by the Egyptian military. The constitution of Egypt was also suspended. Egypt Army Chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised speech that Adly Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s… Read More

Statement by Doug Gansler – 4th of July

Two hundred and thirty seven years ago, our founders gathered to boldly declare our independence and to set forth, in writing, our guiding democratic principle that all men are created equal, and endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Since that time, as a nation,… Read More

Falling Tree At Calif. Summer Camp Kills Counselor

 A tree fell through a dining hall at a Jewish summer camp in Northern California, killing one and requiring four others to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. NBC News reported that a counselor, Annais Rittenberg, was killed. A Cal Fire spokesman, Daniel Berlant, posted on Twitter that emergency crews were responding to a “mass… Read More

JT Puppy Pageant

Popcorn is a shelter dog at BARCS. He is goofy and energetic. If you want to adopt him, visit 

If you think dogs are just about soft fur and quiet-enough bark, think again. These puppies are hot – and they know it. Or at least they are cute – really cute. The JT asked members of the community to submit photos of their dogs. Here are our top picks! Congratulations, mutts!   The Runners… Read More

Off The Shelves


On a recent trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Jacob Arbittier, 18, and his father, Doug, residents of York, Pa., wandered into The Flag Shop in the Pratt Street Pavilion. The store was typical of those found in any tourist destination. There were flags, T-shirts, sports memorabilia, military garb and a smorgasbord of other knickknacks, large… Read More