Anatomy of a Cease-Fire

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After numerous failed attempts at achieving a lasting cease-fire between the Hamas government and Israel (there have been at least 11 as of press time), negotiators in Cairo on Tuesday claimed to have reached a new cease-fire agreement. Although details of the agreement have yet to be released, some experts are skeptical it will hold,… Read More

Ariely Brings Israel Realities to Baltimore

Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership director Sigal Ariely spoke at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Monday night about what it’s like to live in Israel during the recent upheaval. “You read about it, you see the pictures on the news, but it just doesn’t compare when you hear firsthand how one person, one community or one family is affected on… Read More

Commitment to Activism

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Hedy Epstein made headlines around the world last week when she was arrested at a protest in St. Louis. The 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was one of nine people arrested in front of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office at an Aug. 18 protest against the governor’s handling of the fallout from the Michael Brown shooting. When… Read More

A Second Family

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TEL AVIV — When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had died fighting in Gaza, she knew the army had lost a fellow lone soldier. The official announcement came soon afterward as Kleyman, 19, was sitting in a Tel Aviv… Read More

A Long Time Coming

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Four deputies of the French National Assembly visited Washington, D.C., and New York City last month, but this was no sightseeing holiday. The French officials met with representatives of B’nai B’rith International in the District and visited New York State’s Department of Finance, two very different organizations that share the same expertise sought by the… Read More

Clock Ticking

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For the first time in 80 years, the United States could find itself without an international export credit agency if Congress does not reauthorize the charter of the United States Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on Sept. 30. Little controversy surrounded the bank’s reauthorization process before 2012, but the slow recovery from the… Read More

Enough’s Enough

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AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands — After the latest attack on his home, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs sat down on his couch, picked up the phone and made three calls. A chief rabbi of the Netherlands, Jacobs first phoned police and a Jewish community leader to tell them that late on the night of July 17, just more… Read More

Christian Leaders Travel to Israel to Show Support

A dozen leaders from the National Religious Broadcasters traveled to Israel last week to make public their support of Israel. The Christians in Solidarity with Israel trip, which was organized through a partnership between NRB, an international organization of Christian media professionals, the Israel Ministry of Tourism and EL AL Israel Airlines, took off from… Read More

Mumbai Jewish Center Reopens

Almost six years after terrorists stormed the Chabad-Lubavitch center in Mumbai, India, and murdered its directors and four guests, the storied building known as the Nariman House officially reopened Tuesday during a celebration attended by rabbis from across Asia and their guests. “Today, as we look to the future, our message is one of perseverance… Read More

Sailing Forward

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The scene couldn’t be more picturesque: placid waters hugging a sandy shore and several small JY-15 sailboats bobbing along on a sea that expands far into the distance. A mere miles from Baltimore City, a secluded haven of sorts on the Chesapeake Bay proves to be the perfect place for young sailors at an Orthodox… Read More