‘The Land of Israel Belongs to Us’ Israel’s education minister addresses appreciative Beth Tfiloh audience

KnessetRotator

Israeli education minister and right-wing firebrand Naftali Bennett was on friendly territory last week, telling a crowd at Beth Tfiloh Congregation that it was impossible for Israel to be an occupying power and attacking Arab media outlets for what he said was biased reporting against him and the Jewish state. “One cannot occupy his own… Read More

Musical America Lists Cellist Amit Peled as Influencer of the Year

Amit Peled, world-class cellist, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University professor and, since 2010, steward  of Maestro Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller — arguably the world’s most famous cello — has been named one of 30 Influencers of the Year by Musical America. Nominated by his peers, according to the report, as someone who is “making… Read More

HoCo Considers Keeping Schools Open on High Holy Days

The Howard County Public School calendar committee has  requested that the school board consider keeping schools open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next year. “The Jewish Federation of Howard County, together with the Howard County Board of Rabbis, is working to mobilize the community so the board of education understands the impact this change… Read More

The Bead Closes After 48 Years Storied Baltimore store run by two sisters and their mother to close in January

BeadRotator

Calling The Bead a clothing and accessories store hardly scratches the surface. What started from a teenager’s dream of making an antique finish for earrings in the late 1960s blossomed into a cutting-edge clothing store, where Baltimoreans could buy Nehru shirts and bell-bottom jeans, a hangout, a place where any woman of any age and… Read More

Bernie Sanders in Baltimore: “We Need Fundamental Changes”

Bernie Sanders supporters eagerly await the Democratic presidential candidate's arrival in Baltimore. (By Daniel Schere)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood Tuesday morning, calling for increased investment in depressed urban communities across the country. “Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think we were in a wealthy nation,” he told reporters. “They would think we were in a third-world country… Read More

Hashing Out An Industry Jews around Maryland are anxiously awaiting soon-to-be-awarded medical cannabis licenses

CoverRotator

They differ by age, background, experience and many other factors, but a handful of Jews in Maryland have one aspect of their lives in common — they are currently playing a waiting game while the state determines who will be allowed to grow, produce and sell medical cannabis among almost 900 applicants. Clarksville’s Cary Millstein… Read More

Pulling No Punches Columnist bluntly tells Associated Women why Middle East is always in turmoil

Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens speaks with members after his presentation at The Associated Women’s meeting on Nov. 12. (photo by Daniel Schere)

Ongoing conflict in the Middle East can seem so depressing that people in the Western world often feel as if they are watching an episode of “24,” Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens told a group of women from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. “As a country we want to pivot away from… Read More

Killer of 11-Year-Old Gets New Trial Frustration, anger in Jewish community over court opinion

Wayne Stephen Young, who was found guilty of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz in 1972, will have his conviction vacated and face a new trial, according to his attorney. The move is based on the “Unger ruling,” which concludes that incorrect jury instructions administered in Maryland courtrooms may have led to unfair trials. The Maryland Special… Read More

Candidates on Parade at Jewish GOP Gathering

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Nearly 700 Jewish Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., on Thursday to hear from Republican presidential candidates. The forum, sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the only event outside of the debates in which the 14 remaining candidates are scheduled to attend. “We absolutely need a Republican president in the White… Read More