Far From Home

Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many… Read More

Israel Lacrosse Makes World Championship Debut

Despite turmoil at home and protests at practices, coaches say the Israel national team is ready to play.

Amid turmoil at home, the Israeli national lacrosse team made their FIL World Championship Friday, July 11 with a 19-4 win over 10th-ranked Sweden. The team traveled to host state Colorado earlier this month, just days after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in the West Bank and a week before Israel… Read More

Problems Unspoken

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For many Americans, the 2008 recession was the tipping point, with millions of people losing jobs and savings. Six years later, many are back at work but for wages far lower than they were making before the recession. The Jewish community in Baltimore is no exception. And religious restrictions on some observant Jews may make… Read More

A Lofty Goal

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Pikesville’s own Jesse Schwartzman is on the U.S. national team’s 23-man roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Colorado. He was named to the team following a tryout process that began locally at Goucher College last September. Additional tryouts were held in Orlando, Fla., in January. The final team was selected from… Read More

IDF Launches Gaza Operation

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Following days of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza, Israel on Monday launched a “continuous, methodical and forceful campaign against the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip,” according to a government announcement. Dubbed Operation Protective Edge, the air campaign came as IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz requested the call-up of 40,000 reserve… Read More

‘Let Pollard Go’

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With a little more than a year until convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is eligible for parole, a group of 10 prominent legal scholars has sent a letter to President Barack Obama arguing for Pollard’s early release. The group of nine scholars and professors at top universities, led by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz and… Read More

From Odessa with Love

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It was early on a Monday morning, but youngsters at Camp Milldale were full of pep. About 80 5- to 10-year-olds and their counselors were gathered in the Big Max all-purpose room, and spirits ran high. Janna Zuckerman, program manager of the Center for Jewish Camping at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore was… Read More

Baltimore Remembers the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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More than 600 people showed up at Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall last week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. A joint effort of Chabad-Lubavitch centers throughout the greater Baltimore area, the June 29 event brought together Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, executive vice president… Read More

Baltimore Mourns For Hope

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The search for Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach came to a bitter end, but in the eyes of those gathered at Beth El Congregation last week, hope, in spite of sorrow, remains. Hosted by the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, the July 2 memorial service brought the Baltimore Jewish community together to… Read More

Keeping Them Safe

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According to Israel Defense Forces reports, the Islamist terror group Hamas launched as many as 170 rockets from Gaza into southern Israeli communities Monday and Tuesday, including Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon. The onslaught provoked the commencement of Operation Protective Edge, a military offensive that so far has resulted in the launching of approximately 50… Read More