Dead Sea Scrolls website upgraded

The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a newly upgraded version of its Dead Sea Scrolls digital library that includes more than 10,000 new photos of the famous ancient biblical texts. Visitors to the deadseascrolls.org.il website will soon be able to view and explore the images, which the IAA classified as of “unprecedented quality.” The Dead… Read More

Chief Palestinian negotiator: We were in Israel before the Jews

The Palestinians cannot accept Israel as a Jewish state because they lived in the region long before the Jews, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said last weekend, Israel Hayom reported. Speaking with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni at the Munich Security Conference, Erekat rejected the Israeli request that the Palestinians recognize it as the Jewish homeland…. Read More

Portugal’s oldest synagogue to become a museum

A Portuguese municipality launched a restoration project of the country’s oldest intact synagogue. A Feb. 3 ceremony kicking off the restoration of the Sabar Hassamain synagogue on the island of Sao Miguel was conducted by Jose Manuel Bolieiro, the mayor of Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores archipelago, a region of… Read More

Jordanian Goals

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The U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations have yet to yield any tangible results. Serious disagreements remain over key issues such as borders, refugees, security and the status of Jerusalem. Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a surprise visit to Jordan’s King Abdullah II to discuss these issues. While Jordan officially supports a two-state solution, Jordan’s… Read More

Talking About the State of the Union

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Moments after President Barack Obama finished his State of the Union address last week, members of Congress were already picking apart the speech. Some, such as Tea Party favorite Rep. Steve King, thought the president was less antagonistic to congressional Republicans than in previous speeches. But “he could have pulled all of the Obamacare out… Read More

Senate Boosts Efforts to Keep Iraqi Jewish Archive Out of Iraq

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Efforts to keep a significant collection of artifacts seized from Iraq’s Jewish community by Saddam Hussein from being returned to the Gulf nation by the United States may be picking up steam on Capitol Hill. With just months to go before a June deadline mandates the return of the religious archive, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.),… Read More

Czech Torahs Recovered After Holocaust to Reunite

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On Thursday, Feb. 6, Paula Farbman boarded a plane to London with a treasure sitting on her lap. Inside a zipped clothing travel bag and encased in bubble wrap was a Torah scroll that dated to the 1700s and was used in a small Czech town that was decimated by the Holocaust. The scroll is… Read More

Tackling A ‘Challenging Point’

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Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Greg Simmons, vice president, testified at a hearing of the budget and taxation subcommittee on education in Annapolis. The testimony, which was met with general praise, included plans of innovative course redesign, use of data analytics and collaboration with educational institutions. Most… Read More

Ohr Chadash Setting New Roots

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Ohr Chadash Academy will be moving to a new space for the 2014-2015 school year to accommodate its growing size. The K-8 Orthodox day school will be moving to the second floor of Temple Oheb Shalom, the former home of the Shoshana S. Cardin School, which closed in 2013. Ohr Chadash, which has been open… Read More

BJC Denounces Deceptive Proselytizing

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The Baltimore Jewish Council passed a policy statement at its Jan. 30 meeting condemning deceptive proselytizing. “For centuries, attempts have been made to convert the Jewish people to Christianity, and the Jewish community has always resisted these attempts,” the statement said. “In that vein, it is disconcerting that these ‘Messianic Jews’ or ‘Hebrew Christians’ have… Read More