Israel-EU Tension

This month, some of Israel’s strongest friends in Europe — Britain, France and Germany — summoned their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state’s construction decisions. As a result, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that European governments are willing to abandon Israel in a similar fashion to the way they gave up Czechoslovakia to the… Read More

Jerusalem 5800

Economics and prosperity speak to everyone. That is the message of about a dozen city planners in Jerusalem, who are working together to transform the city landscape by the year 2050. They call the project Jerusalem 5800 for the Hebrew year that roughly translates to 2050. According to Jerusalem 5800 Director Ziva Glanz, the project… Read More

Insights on Israel, Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam

Israeli author and scholar Noam Zion will offer a weekend of study Jan. 11-13 at Beth Am Synagogue. Zion, 64, will present perspectives on Israel, Jewish culture and the values of Torah. Zion, who has taught in both the United States and Israel for decades for the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, among… Read More

Hip And Holy

It has been about three years since The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center made a decision to open the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC on Shabbat. At the apex of the decision-making process, more than 1,000 Orthodox Jews rallied on the lawn of Northwestern High School, calling on… Read More

BJC Readies for Legislature

The Maryland General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9. That’s the 90-day period when our state representatives from Allegheny to Worcester counties, and, of course, Baltimore County and City, gather to dialogue about important issues for the state’s residents. Of course, they also pass the next year’s budget. The Baltimore Jewish Council is ready for… Read More

Seeing Red

Mike Lombardi says he is not the kind of person who complains publicly. But that changed a little more than a month ago. Lombardi, a Pikesville resident, was driving home with his 6-year-old son when another driver, who was speeding, raced through an intersection and narrowly avoided what could have been a devastating collision with… Read More

Water Main Repairs for Greengate

Pikesville’s Art Putzel knew his neighborhood had an issue with unreliable water mains. But Putzel, who has lived in the Greengate community for 25 years, didn’t realize the extent of the problem until the neighborhood experienced two water main breaks over a six-week span this past November and December. Putzel, along with other Greengate residents,… Read More

Liquidation

Several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise were sold at unbelievabley low prices this past Christmas Day. The goods were the hundreds of final, must-go Judaica pieces of the Jewish Bookstore of Greater Washington, which was owned by the parents of and operated by Rabbi Menachem Youlus. Youlus admitted earlier this year, and was convicted… Read More

For Spanish Inquisitors

Spain, which recently announced it would offer citizenship to Sephardic Jews who could prove their Spanish ancestry, is also rediscovering its rich Jewish past — a past long ignored. After expelling its long-established Jewish community more than 500 years ago, it is not only inviting the Sephardic Jews’ descendants back, but also making it easy… Read More

Spiritual Guidance

What kind of reaction does the heinous murder of 20 school children require? How do we make peace with what happened last Friday and how do we move on? Area rabbis addressed these questions and others in sermons last Shabbat. The following are excerpts from their talks: Rabbi Dana Saroken Beth El Congregation As rabbis,… Read More