Vested Interests: Raising Funds to Purchase Bulletproof Vests

About a week ago, Rabbi Leonard Oberstein, director of the Teacher’s Institute at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, received a call from Rabbi Yissocher Dov Eichenstein of Mercaz Torah and Tefillah regarding Eichenstein’s desire to “do something for our soldiers, specifically that they go into battle with the right safety gear.” As explained in… Read More

‘We Have Nothing Now’

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DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk. Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the… Read More

Cruz Takes Aim At Iran

In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor this month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the Obama administration’s stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict and nuclear negotiations with Iran — indicating that he will  present a bill to reimpose the sanctions on Iran previously lifted by the United States. Cruz said that U.S. efforts should be… Read More

A Chapter Closes

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JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset… Read More

Economic Impact

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JERUSALEM — There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a visitor to Jerusalem’s high-end outdoor Mamilla mall skirting the Old City’s Western Wall just outside the Jaffa Gate would strain to hear Israel’s native language of Hebrew. Among the throngs of people perusing the jewelry stores, fashion houses and art galleries during the… Read More

Aliyah During Wartime

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JERUSALEM — David and Helaine Brenner had a real Israeli welcome last week, as they prepared to leave Ben-Gurion International Airport to embark on their new lives as Israeli citizens. They ducked for cover and fled from an approaching rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Fresh off the special El Al flight chartered by Nefesh… Read More

Working Together

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While uncertainty continues over how to quell the rush of young migrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. illegally and what to do with the children awaiting trials that will determine their fate, one thing is assured in Maryland: local faith leaders will have a large role in any upcoming action. “Texas shares the… Read More

Israeli Teen Speaks to the World

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While home by herself, Anat Suissa, 17, of Ashkelon heard the all-too-familiar sound of sirens signaling rockets from the Gaza Strip destined for the Israeli seaside city. As she waited in the bomb shelter around 2:15 p.m. on July 16, she heard and felt a huge explosion. “This time was different,” she thought, trying to… Read More

Media Bias? Depends Who You Ask

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With virtually every media outlet in the world covering the current fighting between Israel and Hamas, consumers, media savvy or not, are inevitably barraged with a variety of news reports, articles and photos that may paint very different pictures. Has media coverage been fair, truthful and balanced? That depends on who you ask. Some say… Read More

Sharfstein Joins Hopkins School of Public Health

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Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will… Read More