Zirkin Will Lead JRC

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11) moved up the ranks of the Maryland General Assembly last week.   Zirkin, who represents the Owings Mills and Reisterstown area of Baltimore County, will replace Attorney General-elect Brian Frost as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Senate President Mike Miller (D-District 27) announced on Dec. 3. The… Read More

Ner Tamid Offers Jewish Culture with a Twist

Several years ago, Ner Tamid and Rabbi Yisrael Motzen began to offer monthly programming to new families that resulted in a healthy growth of the synagogue’s community, though not everyone was satisfied. “The rabbis started to hear, ‘What about us? We’re not so interested in magic shows and reptiles anymore,’” from the parents of the… Read More

United Stand
Jewish community rallies for Ferguson

At least four protests took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the day following the grand jury announcement, including those at Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, McKeldin Square and Baltimore City Hall.

Throughout the past four months, between officiating bar mitzvahs and weddings and leading her congregation, Rabbi Susan Talve, of St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation, has been traveling north to Ferguson, Mo., to join the protests. “There was moral outrage,” Talve said of the nights immediately following last week’s announcement that charges would not be brought… Read More

Solidarity and Support

A group of about 170 lay leaders and supporters from Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) recently returned from a seven-day trip in Israel to show their support and appreciation, in person, to the women and men of the IDF. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide financial… Read More

Yesha Council Pushes for Alternative Solutions

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Israelis living in the West Bank have a message to politicians and world Jewry: The two-state solution is no solution. Members of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization that represents the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and, up until the 2005 Israeli disengagement, Gaza, have ramped up outreach in an effort to open up dialogue… Read More

Farrakhan at MSU

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at Morgan State University late last month, unsettling some in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Farrakhan, who gained notoriety in the 1950s as Louis X in the NOI movement, preaches self-sustainability and black empowerment, but his remarks on homosexuals, whites and Jews have made him the subject of criticism. “Farrakhan… Read More

Hands-On Help
Up close and personal with Israel’s defenders

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It’s not the typical Israel tour itinerary that entices visitors with an opportunity to power wash desert sand from armored personnel carriers, sleep on thin-mattress army bunk beds or dine on military food with Israel Defense Forces officers-in-training. But for a group of Baltimoreans who signed on for a Volunteers for Israel (VFI) trip, their… Read More

A Safe Haven
In Montreal, Jews from France see a future for themselves

A concern for safety pushed Julie and Nathanael Weill and their sons Eytan and Lior to move from France to Montreal.

TORONTO — When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a yearlong attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career as a special-effects artist in Quebec’s thriving film and television industry. They agreed to fly home if the… Read More

Soldier for His People
Back in St. Petersburg, former refusenik encourages Jews to emigrate

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch stands at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport, where he was arrested in 1970.

ST. PETERSBURG — Through the backseat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals. It was June 15, 1970, and the 23-year-old Mendelevitch had just been arrested along with 11 accomplices for trying to hijack a plane to escape the Soviet Union. On the… Read More

United Stand
Jewish community rallies for Ferguson

At least four protests took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the day following the grand jury announcement, including those at Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, McKeldin Square and Baltimore City Hall.

Throughout the past four months, between officiating bar mitzvahs and weddings and leading her congregation, Rabbi Susan Talve, of  St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation, has been traveling north to Ferguson, Mo., to join the protests. “There was moral outrage,” Talve said of the nights immediately following last week’s announcement that charges would not be brought… Read More