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Gabriel Scheinmann (Provided)

Alan Garten traveled to the campus of Goucher College last week with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its most current incarnation. He walked away feeling more hopeful than ever. “I think it’s the only viable solution to keep Israel as a democratic and Jewish state,” he said of… Read More

Parenting in the 21st Century

Lisa Ferentz speaks to a group of mothers at the Community Parent 
Symposium at KSDS. (Provided)

Are you a tiger mom? A free-range parent? How do you deal with cyber-bullying? Is it ever OK to snoop through your child’s social-media accounts? These questions, so foreign just two decades ago, are regularly faced by today’s parents, who as a result of the unique challenges of raising this generation of children and teenagers… Read More

Did They or Didn’t They?

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) sits with President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office in March 2014. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Experts on intelligence matters in the United States are brushing off last week’s allegations from anonymous Obama administration sources alleging Israeli espionage concerning the multilateral nuclear negotiations. Scholars such as Michael Makovsky at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) dismissed the allegations, first published in The Wall Street Journal, and accusations that Israel… Read More

Jewish Museum Tackles Egyptian Afterlife

With their elaborate tombs filled with amulets, jewelry, food and cosmetics, the Egyptians certainly did not pack light for the afterlife. In a one-hour lecture titled “What the Ancient Egyptians Took with Them — and Why,” Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University gave insight into the ancient Egyptians thoughts on death for a packed audience… Read More

Changing the Way We Teach

From left: Joseph Gelula, Noah Green and Barak Widawsky. Being pro-Israel means “I want Israel to exist,” Gelula said. ( David Holzel)

You would be hard-pressed a decade ago to find any mainstream Jewish organization including Palestinian narratives as part of its Israel education efforts. And yet, those perspectives are an integral part of the Israel Engagement Fellowship, a seminar sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington…. Read More

Shomrim Seeking to Raise $20K After Apartment Fire

(Marc Shapiro)

Shomrim of Baltimore is trying to raise $20,000 after the apartment building housing the organization’s informal headquarters was condemned following a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning. Spokesman Nathan Willner said the apartment at the Green Acres complex, located at 3607 Fallstaff Road, “was sort of like an office” and the organization stored supplies such as jackets,… Read More

Civic Pride

A local nonprofit organization, The Intersection, is generating what it hopes to be the next leaders of the city, state and country with the children of impoverished and underprivileged communities in Baltimore. The nonprofit was founded in 2011 by former Goucher College graduate and Teach for America participant Zeke Cohen. Cohen, a Jewish transplant to… Read More

Umami Bistro Closes Its Doors

Jewish Baltimore lost a kosher mainstay this week with the April 2 closing of Umami Bistro, a kosher Chinese and Japanese restaurant located in Pikesville’s Club Centre shopping plaza. “It’s a big shame,” said Chana Bernstein, a Greenspring resident who said that Umami has been one of her favorite restaurants in town. There are options… Read More

LifeBridge Health to Operate Carroll Hospital Center

LifeBridge Health, operator of Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew and Geriatric Center and Hospital, expands its care into Carroll County this month, welcoming its new subsidiary facility, Carroll Hospital Center. Members of Carroll County Health Services Corporation, parent company of Carroll Hospital Center, voted to approve the affiliation agreement that became active April 1…. Read More

Should They Stay or Should They Go?

PARIS — A burst of applause greeted Holocaust survivor Marek Halter and his close friend, Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, as they entered the Synagogue de la Victoire together in January. Halter, a celebrated author and friend of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, is known for his outreach to moderate Muslims, and his appearance with Chalghoumi at… Read More