Stevenson University President Reports from Israel

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A major reality check came for Kevin Manning when a young mother who lives on a moshav near the Gaza Strip spoke about what everyday life is like with rockets flying overhead and a constant sense of fear for her family. “When she goes to Jerusalem and tells them they don’t have to be afraid,… Read More

Standing Their Ground

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BRUSSELS — Hunched over a small island of memorial candles for the victims of the attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Paul Ambach is lost in thought. “Once again, Jewish blood in Belgium, which is no longer Belgium,” said Ambach, a well-known Jewish musician from Antwerp, as he stared at the candles Sunday from… Read More

Jewish Agency Helps Ukranian Olim with Flights to Israel Amid Airport Battles

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol,… Read More

Gubernatorial Primer

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With just one month left for candidates to reach Maryland’s primary voters, the June 24 election is still anyone’s race. Last month’s Maryland Poll showed the majority of voters still undecided in both the Republican and Democratic primaries, with as many as almost seven in 10 registered Republicans unsure of who they will vote for… Read More

‘No Cattle Car For Me’

Shooters at the Angeles Shooting Range in L.A. take aim.
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LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes off five shots with a handgun. All of them miss. “I never even held a gun in my hands before,” she later confesses. “I’m… Read More

Lights, Camera, Action

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Since it was founded in 1916, the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland has worked to provide leadership training, support for the Jewish community and advocacy on issues of concern to the local, national and international Jewish communities. The federation, an umbrella group of nonprofit organizations and sisterhoods, held its 98th annual convention, “Women… Read More

Knesset to hold presidential election June 10

TEL AVIV— The Knesset will vote for Israel’s next president on June 10. The winner will succeed Shimon Peres, whose seven-year term ends July 27. Israel’s president, a largely ceremonial post, serves as the nation’s official head of state. Israeli citizens do not cast ballots for president. Reports emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted… Read More

Freedom of the Press?

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With the Summer Assembly of Israel’s 19th Knesset now in session, a highly controversial bill has drawn the ire of many from a wide range of professional fields and political backgrounds, including Members of Knesset (MKs), legal experts, media watchdog organizations, free speech activists and journalists. A measure describing itself as the “bill for the… Read More

Survey Says …

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While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s newly published study on anti-Semitism, concerns have arisen about the accuracy of the survey’s findings on certain countries. The “ADL Global 100,” released last week, measures anti-Semitic sentiments in 102 countries and is considered the largest poll ever conducted on the… Read More

Jewish Trainer’s Horse Wins Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out before his bar mitzvah after a case of… Read More