Revisiting, revitalizing Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Place
BY Melissa Gerr
July 2, 2014

History repeats itself: At times, those words issue a warning, but in the case of historic Mount Vernon Place’s restoration and renovation, echoing the past appears to be the driving force of its future. Located at the intersection of North Charles and Monument streets at the first crest up from the harbor in Baltimore City, CONTINUE »

Jewish community mourns deaths of kidnapped Israeli teens
BY Simone Ellin
July 2, 2014

Members of the Jewish community in Baltimore and around the Jewish world expressed anger and sadness in response to the news that the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, three Israeli teenagers kidnapped on June 12 while hitchhiking near Hebron, were discovered Monday by the Israel Defense Forces. The Israeli government identified CONTINUE »

At Herzliya Conference, a split on importance of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 2, 2014

HERZLIYA, Israel — Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Livni don’t agree on much. Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, sees the West Bank as an inseparable part of the Jewish state and wants Israel to annex its settlements there. Livni, the justice minister, says Israel can remain a Jewish democracy only by evacuating settlements. But on one thing CONTINUE »

Anti-Israel text in Newton, Mass., public schools draws protest
BY Jacob Kamaras
July 2, 2014

An anti-Israel text that school officials and some Jewish organizations say was removed from a Boston suburb’s public school curriculum during the 2011-12 academic year was being distributed to students longer than the aforementioned parties let on, new research shows. Furthermore, references to the controversial text remain on a website that is routinely visited by CONTINUE »

A night out with Tel Aviv’s drunk-teen patrol
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 2, 2014

TEL AVIV — It’s midnight here and two balding men in blue vests are on the move. Someone has sprayed tear gas at a club two blocks away. Outside a club known as The Mossad, located in a warehouse in the dilapidated Tel Aviv neighborhood of Florentin, groups of high school students mill about sporting CONTINUE »