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. 
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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

Rocky Rosen Leaves behind lifetime of inspiration 91-year-old worked as a fitness instructor until weeks before his death

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (left), pictured with wife Ruth and JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann, worked at the JCC for more than six decades.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen may be gone, but his significant impact on his community and family can never be erased. From founding a camp to helping Russian families immigrate to the United States to helping people live healthy lives into his 90s, Rosen inspired and helped generations of people. The longtime JCC fitness instructor, teacher, philanthropist… Read More

Hope and Appreciation Inaugural Times of Israel Gala focuses on best, brightest

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In what was decidedly planned by organizers as a nonpolitical event, former Israeli President Shimon Peres raised eyebrows Sunday night at the inaugural Times of Israel Gala in New York City when he seemingly lambasted current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent calls for Jews under attack in Europe to settle in Israel. “Don’t come to… Read More

Regional Publisher of Jewish Newspapers, Baltimore Style Magazine Expands, Re-brands

Bringing its print products and custom media division under one corporate identity, the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Style Magazine has rebranded itself as Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC. The formation of Mid-Atlantic Media late last year consolidates the holdings of Owings Mills, Md.-based Clipper City Media and the Rockville, Md.-based… Read More

Why There is No Chabad House in Havana

Adela Dworin has been president of the Beth Shalom synagogue since 2006 and serves as the Cuban Jewish community's government liaison. She opposes Chabad's traveling to Cuba on tourist visas rather than religious ones. (Josh Tapper)

HAVANA — On the freshly painted, salmon-colored walls of Alberto and Rebeca Meshulam’s apartment, two portraits of the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, frame the entranceway leading to a wide, airy vestibule. Miniatures of the same portrait sit atop a glass-covered countertop near an image of the Meshulams’ son, Moises, taken at the Chabad-Lubavitch… Read More

Denmark Synagogue Attack a ‘Wake-Up Call’

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From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s main synagogue early Sunday morning, two police officers toting machine guns were on patrol outside the center — a common sight in France,… Read More

The Resilience of Alan Gross

Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. (Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA/Newscom)

At The President’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20, Alan Gross raised his hand high in the air in a sign of triumph as television cameras zoomed in. At a welcome-home event at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville that same month, the man who spent five years in a Cuban prison wore a… Read More

Proposed Stevenson Road Chabad Faces Opposition Synagogue would serve area’s Russian Jews

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A Pikesville neighborhood is up in arms over a proposed Chabad synagogue that would be built on a three-acre property on Stevenson Road. The Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue, a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation for Russian immigrants, plans to build a 4,000-square-foot, one-story synagogue in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. While congregants would be excited to… Read More

A Public Concern Health officials gather in Baltimore to address measles outbreak

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Baltimore’s medical establishment stood shoulder to shoulder on Monday, Feb. 9 to declare unequivocally: Vaccinations work. Standing in front of her colleagues from Johns Hopkins University, Mercy Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Sinai Hospital and other regional partners at the special Measles Symposium at the Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly appointed… Read More

A Neighborhood’s Fix Epidemic opiate crisis hits home

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Over the course of the past few weeks, Baltimore’s Mount Washington neighborhood has become a ground zero of sorts for the debate surrounding how to handle a problem that many say has taken over the city: the resurgence of heroin. Tensions ran high last week when residents and local professionals packed into the Mount Washington… Read More