‘Rough Night for Everyone’ Israeli filmmaker’s presentation draws protest at Goucher Hillel screening

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Student protestors from the LGBT campus group TALQ Big disrupted a film screening at the Goucher College Hillel last week, claiming the event was ignoring larger issues about Israel. Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate Assi Azar was invited to Hillel to screen his movie “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,” which… Read More

A Plea for Unity Netanyahu, Herzog headline JFNA’s General Assembly

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A hoarse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of Jewish community representatives at the Washington Hilton Tuesday that disagreements over issues as divisive as the recent nuclear deal with Iran should not undermine either communal unity or the Israeli-American alliance. “Maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance,” Netanyahu said at the… Read More

At Biennial Gathering, Reform Movement Expands its Tent

Vice President Joe Biden received a warm welcome from thousands of Reform Jews at a conference that saw the passage of the most comprehensive resolution on inclusivity and gender rights by a Jewish mainstream movement. Speaking Saturday before 5,000 Reform Jews at the 2015 Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism in Orlando, Fla., Biden… Read More

Filmmaker’s Presentation Met with Protest Israeli television personality Assi Azar screens film at Goucher College to mixed audience

Assi Azar, photo from A Wider Bridge, screen shot.

Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted an Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate who had come to Goucher College last week to screen a film addressing how parents cope with their children coming out as gay. According to the Israeli speaker, Assi Azar, this was the first time in his U.S. tour promoting “Mom, Dad, I Have… Read More

Western High’s Class of 1950 hosts 65th reunion

From left: Beverly Kronthal, Sandy Liberman, Zelda Zaben and Beatrice Yoffe pose for a photo at the 65th reunion of Western’s Class of 1950. (photo by Justin Katz)

Gentle lighting, several tables decorated with yellow flowers, cloths with blue napkins precisely folded and placed in pristine white cups for each seat, and the reoccurring sounds of friends excitedly reuniting set the scene. In the front of the room was a podium decorated with a cloth that read “WHS 1950,” with a crest resembling… Read More

Moving Forward Israeli Druze pursue new partnerships

A veterans’ organization is working to help Druze soldiers integrate into the 
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Carrying the five-color flag of the Druze people, the four Israel Defense Force veterans worked the hotel ballroom, sharing their story and impressed upon whomever would listen the need for investment in the Israeli-Druze community. Esti Winter, an Israeli Jew who made aliyah decades ago, accompanied the members of the Druze Veterans Association to the… Read More

A Swing to the Left Will Justin Trudeau’s victory erode Canada’s support for Israel?

Justin Trudeau has pressed all the right buttons in his support for Israel.

TORONTO — The election of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister represents the first change in Canadian government since Stephen Harper and his Conservatives assumed power in 2006. What is unlikely to change, however, is Ottawa’s robust support for Israel — a policy cemented under Harper, whose forceful backing of the Jewish state… Read More

Vicki Almond Loses Aide But Gains His Wife Mandee Heinl joins District 2 team

Steve and Mandee Heinl (center) with Vicki Almond (third from left), Jon Cardin (far right) and others at their wedding. (Photo provided)

When Vicki Almond’s legislative aide Steve Heinl left for an Annapolis law firm, the Baltimore County councilwoman didn’t even have to look outside the family for his replacement. On Oct. 5, Mandee Heinl, Steve’s wife, became Almond’s new aide. But this is no case of nepotism, as Mandee, 25, boasts a master’s degree in public… Read More