New Hope for BOAST

Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, pictured with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), participated in a National School Choice Week rally in Washington, D.C., last month with more than 200 students, parents, teachers and advocates, all pushing for increased support of private schools. (Provided)

Many in Baltimore’s Jewish day school community were treated to a pleasant surprise recently when Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced in his first State of the State address that he plans to lead the effort to pass the long-debated Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers (BOAST) in Maryland Tax Credit. “[BOAST] provides tax credits… Read More

Interfaith Success Jewish-backed Baltimore Catholic high school celebrates first college grads

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Four years ago, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School graduated its first class of students. This spring, the school, which though Catholic, benefits from a significant amount of Jewish funding, will celebrate the graduation of that first class from college. Dozens of Cristo Rey alumni will graduate with their four-year degrees in May, said Jessica Gregg,… Read More

‘No One Stuck Up for Us’

LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family, and their three kids were happy in school. Then this past summer, during the conflict between Israel and Gaza, they decided it was definitely… Read More

Myerberg Center Receives $40,000 Grant

The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation has awarded the Edward A. Myerberg Center a $40,000 grant that may be applied toward its general operating budget. The grant, to be dispersed over two years, will help support programming for seniors, 55 and over. “With the funds from the Hirschhorn Foundation we are able to expand… Read More

Howard County BBYO to Join J-Serve

Howard County’s chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) will join in J-Serve, the international Jewish day of youth service, on March 15. “The main goal is to provide teens in Howard County the opportunity to get involved and give back in Howard County,” said Jonah Potasznik, the county’s BBYO regional director. “The big… Read More

Combating Anti-Semitism Ira Forman briefs BJC on status of Europe

Ira Forman has served as special envoy to monitor and combat 
anti-Semitism since 2013.
(U.S. State Department)

The Baltimore Jewish Council got an update earlier this month from the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Ira Forman. “This is probably the most complex issue I’ve ever looked at,” Forman told the Feb. 5 gathering of the situation facing the Jewish community in France. The talk was commissioned following the… Read More

Speaking French JFNA completes solidarity mission to Paris

Linda Hurwitz spent part of last week on a JFNA solidarity mission to France.
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Baltimore’s Jewish community had a representative in France early last week. Linda Hurwitz, chair of planning and allocations for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and national campaign chair for the Jewish Federations of North America, spent two days in the country with the JFNA talking to members of the Jewish community and learning… Read More

The Fight for ‘Israeliness’ Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

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TEL AVIV — Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is post-Zionist, her shrill rebuttal… Read More

An Arab-Israeli Rarity Anett Haskia is first Muslim to run for Jewish Home slate

Anett Haskia fared poorly in the Jewish Home primary, but she says party voters embraced her despite her background. 
(Photo/Ben Sales)

PETACH TIKVAH, Israel — Outside the Moriah Synagogue in this central Israeli city, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan. 14 primary for the Jewish Home party, a right-wing, modern Orthodox faction. Religious voters trickled in and out of polls in… Read More