Hurtful Words

Obama Administration officials attempted to distance themselves from administration officials’ insults aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after those comments set off a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, organizations and pundits. In an article written by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, anonymous administration officials used choice words to denounce Netanyahu for what the… Read More

Jerusalem Light Rail Under Attack

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JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the city’s diverse neighborhoods. No more. It has become the symbol of a city under attack. On July 2, 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir… Read More

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Speak at Beth Tfiloh

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, will speak to teenagers at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School on Friday, Nov. 7. Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 25 books, will give a d’var Torah to the entire high… Read More

Right in Our Backyard

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Nearly 3,000 participants from 124 communities, including 1,000 first-time attendees, will gather at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County beginning Sunday to discuss today’s pressing Jewish issues, including rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Jewish life on college campuses, Jewish education in North America and the ongoing conflict… Read More

Weinberg House Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dressed in their best, residents and staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House in Pikesville celebrated the planned senior community’s 20th anniversary Wednesday evening. The celebration began at 5 o’clock with hors d’oeuvres and alcohol-free “mocktails,” followed one hour later by speeches from those involved with Weinberg from the beginning and planned remarks from… Read More

Verbal Assault

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As fallout from anonymous Obama administration officials’ insults toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues, advocates for people with disabilities are calling on the White House to issue a separate apology for officials’ reported use of the word “Aspergery” in their description of the Israeli prime minister. Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization… Read More

Is Jerusalem in Israel?

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All a 12-year-old boy born in Jerusalem to American parents wants is the right to list “Israel” as his place of birth on his passport. But at times during oral arguments Monday before the United States Supreme Court in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the debate swelled to include the government’s balance of powers as well as… Read More

Peres at Rabin Memorial: Ruling Over Others Against Jewish Values

Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin. “Peace has become a derogatory term. There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional,” Peres said last Sunday night to thousands of people gathered in Rabin… Read More

Ancient Russian Synagogues Rededicated

Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship. One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The renovation cost $2.5 million, which came mostly from the Russian-Jewish billionaire German Khan. Last… Read More

Loyola U. Chicago Sanctions Hillel, SJP

Loyola University Chicago has determined that the campus chapters of both Hillel and Students for Justice in Palestine violated university rules. A board of Loyola administrators ruled Friday that both organizations had broken the rules in a campus incident on Sept. 9, an announcement issued by the university said. In the incident, members of Students… Read More