Democrats Block Amendment Linking Iran Deal to Israel, American Prisoners

An amendment that would have linked lifting of sanctions on Iran with the release of American prisoners and public acknowledgement by the Islamic regime of Israel’s right to exist was blocked on Thursday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced the amendment as part of a final push to stop the Iran nuclear deal. Senators voted… Read More

Towson Graduate Student Found Dead Moloshok remembered for her ability to combine child development and the arts

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A Towson University graduate student in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development was found dead in her off-campus apartment on Sept. 4. Darcie Lena Moloshok, 28, was found unresponsive by police who went to check on her after a call from her mother, according to reports in The Baltimore Sun and other news… Read More

Navigating Through The Holidays Many Jews are taking time off into next month to contemplate, repent and celebrate

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Last Sunday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the start of the High Holidays. But in broader terms, it marked the beginning of an annual three-week period lasting through Simchat Torah that is virtually consumed by Jewish holidays. In Baltimore, this equates to a steady stream of Jews who will temporarily withdraw from daily… Read More

Shabbat Shared Around the World Strengthening community through mitzvot

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In preparation for a Shabbat shared among more than a million Jews worldwide, the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which has partnered with the International Shabbos Project, will host its second Great Challah Bake on Oct. 22 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The impetus for the International Shabbos Project came from an idea Rabbi Warren Goldstein, chief… Read More

Making Challah in Columbia

The success of Baltimore’s challah bake from last year has also spread to Columbia in Howard County. The Jewish Federation of Howard County hopes to attract 100 women from across the community for its first challah bake at the Lubavitch Center of Howard County on Oct. 22. “When you think about it globally and what… Read More

‘Let My People Go’ Exhibit commemorates 25th anniversary of Russian exodus, captures struggle and success of former Soviet Union Jews

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After years of agitation and demonstrations, the gates of the Soviet Union finally opened to oppressed Jewish citizens 25 years ago, setting in motion Operation Exodus, a flood of emigration to Israel and the United States unseen since the Russian Revolution. “Let My People Go,” a photo exhibit that captures the politics, protests and immigrant… Read More

On Ice Treasury Department freezes assets of Hamas leaders, financiers

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Four Hamas financiers and a company used to funnel millions of dollars to the Palestinian terrorist group had their assets frozen by the Department of the Treasury last week. Hamas political bureau member Salih al-Aruri, senior Hamas financial officer Mahir Jawad Yunis Salah, Abu Ubaydah Khayri Hafiz al-Agha and Mohammed Reda Mohammed Anwar Awad were… Read More

An Unconventional Tradition Arab Christian Israeli diplomat George Deek to address Beth Am

George Deek will speak at Beth Am Congregation on Yom Kippur, and he is also “very eager to learn” about Americans’ and Jewish Americans’ perception of Middle East events.

In what has become a highly anticipated afternoon of learning, lively exchange and contemplation open to congregants and the community, Beth Am Synagogue’s Yom Kippur afternoon programming this year features Arab Christian Israeli diplomat George Deek, who will share his unique take on current events in the Middle East; annual favorite Rheda Becker with her… Read More