Moving Forward Israeli Druze pursue new partnerships

A veterans’ organization is working to help Druze soldiers integrate into the 
Israeli workforce.

Carrying the five-color flag of the Druze people, the four Israel Defense Force veterans worked the hotel ballroom, sharing their story and impressed upon whomever would listen the need for investment in the Israeli-Druze community. Esti Winter, an Israeli Jew who made aliyah decades ago, accompanied the members of the Druze Veterans Association to the… Read More

A Swing to the Left Will Justin Trudeau’s victory erode Canada’s support for Israel?

Justin Trudeau has pressed all the right buttons in his support for Israel.

TORONTO — The election of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister represents the first change in Canadian government since Stephen Harper and his Conservatives assumed power in 2006. What is unlikely to change, however, is Ottawa’s robust support for Israel — a policy cemented under Harper, whose forceful backing of the Jewish state… Read More

Vicki Almond Loses Aide But Gains His Wife Mandee Heinl joins District 2 team

Steve and Mandee Heinl (center) with Vicki Almond (third from left), Jon Cardin (far right) and others at their wedding. (Photo provided)

When Vicki Almond’s legislative aide Steve Heinl left for an Annapolis law firm, the Baltimore County councilwoman didn’t even have to look outside the family for his replacement. On Oct. 5, Mandee Heinl, Steve’s wife, became Almond’s new aide. But this is no case of nepotism, as Mandee, 25, boasts a master’s degree in public… Read More

Never Met a Stranger Linda Greenberg’s care for the homeless and needy was felt throughout Maryland and beyond

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Linda Greenberg, a prominent humanitarian in Anne Arundel County, died at the age of 72 on Friday Oct. 30 as a result of complications from heart-valve replacement surgery. Greenberg was well known in the Jewish community for her founding of the Christmas Eve charity “Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy.” Greenberg started the drive in 1989 as… Read More

One in Several Million Journalist searches for grandfather’s ‘true love’

Sarah Wildman reads excerpts from her book “Paper Love” during a presentation at Chizuk Amuno 
Congregation, which was moderated by Suzy Snyder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

When people hear about the atrocities of the Holocaust, they most likely are told how enormous it was. Millions of victims killed; thousands of work camps established throughout Europe. But Sarah Wildman’s book, “Paper Love,” tracks the life of only one person: Valerie Scheftel (nicknamed Valy), who Wildman discovered was her grandfather’s “true love” (according… Read More

FIDF Gala Raises Record Amount

Gary and Julie Applebaum pose with Ligal Atias, an Israeli soldier they 
sponsor through the FIDF’s IMPACT! program. (Marc Shapiro)

The Baltimore chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces raised a record amount of money at its annual gala on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. The organization’s seventh annual event raised more than $500,000 and drew about 450 people, both numbers higher than past galas. “I think it was a very emotional… Read More

World Zionist Congress Passes Green, Pro-LGBT Resolutions Baltimore delegate’s slate runs into dead end

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized for telling the World Zionist Congress that a Palestinian leader convinced Hitler to exterminate  the Jews, but “on one side of the room it was well received,” said Rabbi Jack Luxemburg. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Jim Schiller came out of the World Zionist Congress, held over two days last month in Jerusalem, empty-handed. Schiller, chairman of the Baltimore Zionist District, was one of seven  delegates on the Zionist Spring slate, whose platform called for greater  accountability in the World Zionist Organization and the appointment of leaders based on their qualifications… Read More