Shomrim’s Watchful Eye Patrol group embraces community’s concerns, challenges

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For many in Baltimore’s Jewish community, a call to Shomrim precedes even a call to police when someone spots suspicious activity. The community watch group — one of at least three dedicated to protecting the bulk of the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore — is growing. “The organization is growing both in profile and community… Read More

Power Player Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu

Michael Oren, former diplomat and noted historian, may be the only American-born member of the next 
Israeli parliament.
(Gideon Markowicz/FLASH90)

TEL AVIV — Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew. Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to translate a word into Hebrew for his assistant. It’s a bilingual bridge he has spanned in one capacity or another for decades, first as… Read More

Tough Question Where does war authorization aimed at ISIS leave Iran?

Secretary of State John Kerry is flanked by Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France at U.N. headquarters in Geneva following nuclear talks with Iran in November 2013. Some U.S.
lawmakers fear that a focus on fighting ISIS will distract from preventing a nuclear Iran.
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WASHINGTON — Don’t make the enemy of your enemy your friend. That’s the message some lawmakers hope to convey to the Obama administration as they consider its request for a war authorization to combat ISIS. Concerns about how best to shape such an authorization without empowering Iran — a concern shared by Israel — are… Read More

Investing for a Cause

Amid the seemingly ever-growing popularity of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, some in the financial and investment community are returning fire with an initiative of their own. “It just occurred to me, as I watched the divestment campaign unfold — when the Presbyterians divested, that was kind of the final straw… Read More

Hands-on Learning Day school students explore history and culture of Hispaniola

Breaking out of the normal school-day routine, Krieger Schechter Day School students did some serious hands-on learning with Caribbean flair. From Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, middle school students immersed themselves in the culture and history of the Caribbean, with a focus on Hispaniola, the island that is home to the nations of Haiti and… Read More

Jewish Studies Non-Jews account for large portion of Baltimore Hebrew Institute students

When Trey Palmisano enrolled in Towson University’s Jewish Studies program through the Baltimore Hebrew Institute in 2012, it was a perfect fit. So what if he didn’t have a Jewish bone in his body? “I would say that my knowledge of Judaism began and ended with the Old Testament,” said Palmisano, a master’s student in… Read More

Ruderman Best in Business Initiative

The Ruderman Family Foundation, long known for championing equality for disabled individuals, has partnered with The Jewish Week to recognize employers in the for-profit sector who empower and employ people with disabilities. Seven experts in human resources and inclusion will select the top employers to be named Ruderman Best In Business. The panelists will judge… Read More

Annapolis Day School Names New Head

Sarah White

The Alpert Family Aleph Bet Jewish Day School has named Sarah White the new head of school, the first such change to the Annapolis elementary school in 17 years. White joined Aleph Bet in 2012 and teaches second-grade general studies and fourth- and fifth-grade language arts. Prior to joining the school, she was a classroom… Read More

Purim Roundup! A selection of festive events around town

Purim begins at sundown on Wednesday, March 5. The JT has put together a selection of events and megillah readings in the area. From wine-and-cheese receptions to tot Purim events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday. All events are open to the public.   BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNCIL Arugas Habosem • March… Read More

BDS with a Twist California campus divestment measures target more than Israel

Demonstrators take part in a boycott, divestment and sanctions protest against Israel in Melbourne, Australia.

While two recent student resolutions initiated by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement advocates in California ultimately had different fates, the episodes share a common twist: lumping additional nations and political entities with Israel as divestment targets. A resolution urging Stanford University to “divest from companies violating human rights in occupied Palestine” by a BDS… Read More