Done Deal 41 senators back Iran agreement

091115_filibuster_ROTATOR

The nuclear agreement with Iran will likely survive the Senate, as President Barack Obama on Tuesday garnered the final votes he needed to block a vote on a resolution of disapproval. In quick succession, three Democratic senators — Ron Wyden (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), both Jewish, and Gary Peters (Mich.) — announced they would vote… Read More

At What Cost? As times change, synagogues rethink traditional membership dues

091115_cover_ROTATOR

As Jews around the world prepare to usher in a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, more synagogues around the country are reconsidering whether  mandatory dues should be treated like 5775: left in the past. The traditional model for membership has synagogues dictate to their members how much money they should contribute each… Read More

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over Community assembles to reject deal, get word out

About two dozen people assembled at the intersection of Old Court Road and Park Heights Avenue for about four hours on Sunday and on Monday at Slade and Park Heights avenues. Participants waved U.S and Israeli flags and held placards that read, “We need a Better Deal,” “Reject Bad Iran Deal” and “Congress: Say No to Iran Deal.” Some drivers honked their car horns in solidarity.  Photo: Melissa Gerr

Even though President Barack Obama secured his key 34th supporter in the Senate for the Iran nuclear deal, vigils were still held in protest and concern, organized by Baltimore Zionist District calling for politicians to reject the deal and also to get out the word to the community. About two dozen people assembled at the… Read More

Cardin Will Oppose Iran Deal

081514_cardin-brief-sm

On Friday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. The junior senator from Maryland wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post, “This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal. The JCPOA legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program. After 10 to… Read More

‘Everything I Believe In’ Meet J Street U’s new Muslim president, Amna Farooqi

090415_farooqi1

Amna Farooqi, the new president of J Street U, the campus branch of the liberal, self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group, is a Muslim of Pakistani descent. She has no plans to convert to Judaism, though she does consider herself “culturally Jewish,” having grown up in heavily Jewish Montgomery County. She has long been open about… Read More

Something for Everybody For area rabbis, a High Holiday sermon that resonates is the ultimate goal

090415_cover_ROTATOR

Next to writing a dissertation, crafting an effective High Holiday sermon may seem like one of the more monumental achievements for any writer. But talk to rabbis from congregations of all sorts in Baltimore and it becomes apparent that they have it down to a science. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation uses a… Read More

Will He or Won’t He? On Iran deal, both sides are counting on New Jersey senator

When Congress votes on the Iran Deal, Sen. Cory Booker (center) will be thrust into the spotlight.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) finds himself in the unenviable position of being caught between his president and his friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. As a rising star in the Democratic Party, Booker likely is being counted on by President Barack Obama to ensure that his promised presidential veto of a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal… Read More

High Holidays for All Reform Temple’s free services, held at Owings Mills High School, started more than a decade ago

Susan Dudley (Photo Provided)

Susan Dudley’s family goes way back in American Reform Judaism. Her family on her mother’s side was here before the American Revolution, when she believes there were only 500 Jewish people in the whole country, and they fought in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. They were involved in the founding of early Reform… Read More

Grounded! American Airlines cancels Philadelphia-Tel Aviv route

The last American Airlines flight out of Philadelphia will be on Jan.4.

PHILADELPHIA — Getting a nonstop flight to Israel from the Mid-Atlantic region will become a lot more challenging come 2016. American Airlines announced late last month that it will no longer operate nonstop service between Philadelphia International Airport and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as of January. “Although the route has been a source… Read More