Pulling No Punches Columnist bluntly tells Associated Women why Middle East is always in turmoil

Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens speaks with members after his presentation at The Associated Women’s meeting on Nov. 12. (photo by Daniel Schere)

Ongoing conflict in the Middle East can seem so depressing that people in the Western world often feel as if they are watching an episode of “24,” Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens told a group of women from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. “As a country we want to pivot away from… Read More

Killer of 11-Year-Old Gets New Trial Frustration, anger in Jewish community over court opinion

Wayne Stephen Young, who was found guilty of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz in 1972, will have his conviction vacated and face a new trial, according to his attorney. The move is based on the “Unger ruling,” which concludes that incorrect jury instructions administered in Maryland courtrooms may have led to unfair trials. The Maryland Special… Read More

Candidates on Parade at Jewish GOP Gathering

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Nearly 700 Jewish Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., on Thursday to hear from Republican presidential candidates. The forum, sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the only event outside of the debates in which the 14 remaining candidates are scheduled to attend. “We absolutely need a Republican president in the White… Read More

Keeping a Low Profile How the world’s longest-running Chabad house survives in Morocco

Rabbi Shalom Edelman has served as a Chabad emissary in Morocco 
for the past 57 years.

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Raizel Raskin’s office feels like a cluttered museum of Moroccan Jewish heritage. A photo from an old Jewish summer camp lies on the table. Another, of a rabbi meeting Moroccan dignitaries, hangs on the wall. Outside the door is a bookshelf filled with Hasidic tracts translated into Arabic. But the rest of… Read More

Charm City Banners Show Post-Terror Solidarity

Baltimore sent its love and support to a Nov. 26 wedding in Israel after the bride’s father and brother were killed by a Palestinian gunman. On Nov. 13, just four days before Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel were to be married, her father and brother were killed while traveling to visit family for Shabbat. The… Read More

Students Dedicate Plaque to Late Teacher

Louisa May Alcott School No. 59’s  reunion committee dedicated a plaque to the memory of its former teacher, Audrey H. Glassman, at Northwest Hospital on Nov. 17. “This bench in front of the Northwest Hospital Center is very appropriate as Mrs. Glassman and her husband, Henry, volunteered many hours for this institution,” Robert Cohen said… Read More

Reactions Vary to Hogan’s Request to Halt Syrian Refugees

Gov. Larry Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement last month that he is requesting federal authorities to stop allowing Syrian refugees into Maryland until security is assured has drawn praise and condemnation from local officials. Hogan’s statement said safety and security of Marylanders is his top priority. “Following the terrorist attacks on Paris [on Nov. 13], and after careful… Read More

Up Close and Personal Photographer focuses on the soldier experience in Afghanistan

Robert L. Cunningham (center) poses for a photo with soldiers from a CH-47 crew attached to Task Force Tigershark in Salerno, Afghanistan.

Robert Cunningham has made four trips to Afghanistan, been involved in more than 140 combat missions and met countless soldiers, but he is not a serviceman; he is a photographer. Cunningham, who visited the Baltimore Camera Club last month, joined forces with Steve Hartov, an ex-Israeli paratrooper, novelist and military journalist, to create “Afghanistan: On… Read More

New Center for Teen Engagement Receives $1.5 Million Matching Grant


The Jim Joseph Foundation awarded a five-year matching grant for up to $1,525,000 to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, to put toward its Jewish teen education initiative in Baltimore. The Associated’s focused initiative includes a Center for Teen  Engagement, which will run a Teen Innovation Internship, a Jewish Teen Professionals Fellowship and a… Read More

‘Crossing the Line’ When being anti-Israel is being anti-Semitic

From left: Amalia Phillips, Shoshana Palatnik, Sophie Tulkoff and Reut Friedman at the screening of the film ‘Crossing the Line 2’ held at the Macks Center for Jewish Education. (Photo by Justin Katz)

There were video clips of loud, aggressive protestors, people staging “die-ins,” police arresting students in the middle of student-government meetings and academics from schools such as New York University and Brooklyn College giving lectures all with the goal of criticizing the State of Israel. However, many of these students and academics were going beyond the… Read More