Counting the Bombshells in Pew Israel Study

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There was more than one bombshell in the Pew Research Center’s “Israel’s Religiously Divided Society,” a study  released this month. The first was the finding that 48 percent of Jewish Israelis support  “expulsion and transfer of Arabs from Israel.” But maybe it was only a bombshell in the United States. In its exploration of Israel’s … Read More

‘Beyond Chicken Soup’ JMM’s newest exhibit touts Jews’ contribution to medicine, health

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With a collection of Jewish medical writings going back to the sixth century, a view into the back of a real ambulance and a series of interactive screens aimed at furthering a conversation about health care, the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s newest exhibit provides a tour of the Jewish physician’s journey in the United States…. Read More

US-Israel Relationship May Be ‘Doomed to Succeed’

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Ambassador Dennis Ross, who has served as a diplomat in the Middle East in several presidential administrations, played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East. He will speak about his new book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama” at Beth El Congregation on April 3. [“Ross] has… Read More

Pesach vs. Politics

Politics and Passover will both be high priorities for Maryland Jews next month. But what happens when they overlap? Maryland’s primary election is April 26, which happens to be during the  intermediate days of Passover, when many Jews are out of town for the holiday. But a voter need not be present on April 26… Read More

Baltimore County to Tackle Hunger in Schools

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Although there are programs in place to ensure that hungry students have food to eat at school, Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond has learned that there are still exceptions. She recently learned of the problem from retired friends who had been volunteering in school cafeterias. “They said kids are falling through the cracks where  papers… Read More

30 Dead in Brussels Attacks; Jewish Schools Locked Down

Shattered windows at Zaventem Airport show the devastation caused by a suicide bomber. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via ZUMA Press/Newscom)

Jewish schools and other  institutions in Antwerp and Brussels went into lockdown following attacks in Belgium that killed at least 30 people at the main airport and in the metro in Brussels. At least 10 people were killed in the attack Tuesday morning at Zaventem Airport, according to the online edition of the Le Soir… Read More

Hoffberger Scholar to Address Torah Canonization

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Michael Satlow, a professor of Judaic and religious studies at Brown University for 14 years, recently authored “How the Bible Became Holy,” which questions preconceptions about the Torah that some take for granted as truth. “[Satlow’s] most recent work is revolutionary because it deals with the canonization of the Torah and the Bible  itself,” said… Read More

Foundry Row Announces New Tenants

Foundry Row Front Elevation as depicted in 2013. (File photo)

Developers of forthcoming Owings Mills center Foundry Row, which will open in the fall and be anchored by Wegmans,  announced 11 new tenants. The $140 million, 50-acre development, situated on Reisterstown Road at the former site of a Solo Cup factory, will also feature Bar Louie, an American restaurant with cocktails and microbrews; Mission BBQ;… Read More

You Should Know … Philip Chorney

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Philip Chorney, 31, was born and raised in the Reisterstown-Owings Mills area. He attended high school at the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science and was a lifeguard at the Jewish Community Center. So, he’s a hometown boy. He discovered bluegrass music thanks to his high school girlfriend’s family. Now, he is one of… Read More

Hitler’s Personal Copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ Sells for $20K

One of Hitler’s personal copies of “Mein Kampf.” (provided)

A Maryland auction house sold one of Adolf Hitler’s personal copies of “Mein Kampf” for $20,655 on Friday, March 18. The book, which lays out Hitler’s manifesto, was sold by Chesapeake City-based Alexander Historical Auctions to an American buyer.  No other information about the buyer was available. “It’s a pretty powerful relic, and I’ve had… Read More