Is the GOP the pro-Israel party?

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A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans more sympathetic than Democrats to Israel has Republican Jewish activists crowing and their Democratic counterparts questioning whether the poll gives an accurate picture of support for Israel. “For years, public opinion polls have documented the large gap in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans… Read More

Digging Up My Roots

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I must confess. Although I consider myself somewhat of a history buff and do what I can to continue to educate myself, it wasn’t until this year that I started to dig into my family genealogy. In college, I studied the African diaspora, took a class on the Holocaust, learned about pieces of American history… Read More

Putting the Puzzle Together

Dick Goldman, president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, has been researching his family since age 11. (Photos by David Stuck)

For locals hoping to dig into their family’s roots, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland can help. The group teaches classes, holds talks with experts and tries to arm people with the tools they need to do effective research. “Now, because of the internet, there is significantly more material available from your home,” Dick Goldman,… Read More

Right Man for the Job

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After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the… Read More

‘An Effort of Love’

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Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained… Read More

Rabbi Blatt Joins Beth Israel

Beth Israel Congregation announced Rabbi Rachel Blatt as its new director of lifelong learning. Blatt, who has been involved in Jewish education since college, graduated from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University, in Los Angeles in May. As director of lifelong learning, she will develop educational programs for adults, families and children,… Read More

Fond Farewell to Frankle

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It only takes five minutes with Rick Frankle to know that he is a mensch. And Frankle has spent the better part of three decades at Camp Airy, teaching boys and younger men to become menschen too. Frankle, 57, who has served as the camp’s director since 2002, will retire at the end of this… Read More

Living with the Land

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At Bet Yeladim’s new Jewish teaching garden — Gan Ellen in Columbia — preschool students learn Jewish values in a hands-on environment. “The best way to teach children is to get their hands dirty,” said Bet Yeladim’s executive director, Jodi Fishman. “By having an educational garden in our school, we are able to provide Jewish… Read More

Missing Pikesville Woman Found Dead

After more than a week missing, an 88-year-old Pikesville woman who disappeared while going for a walk around Reisterstown Road Plaza was found dead in Pikesville. Irene Kuperstein, who had been living with her daughter in the 6900 block of Marsue Avenue at the time of her disappearance, was recorded on surveillance video leaving the… Read More

U.S. Senators Condemn UN, Pass Pro-Israel Resolution

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U.S. Senators wrote two letters condemning the actions of United Nations agencies and passed a resolution in support of Israel. On July 31, 35 senators, including Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, wrote to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressing disappointment in the Human Rights Council’s inquiry into Israel’s actions during the conflict. “The… Read More