O’Malley Signs Bill to Curb Scam Charities

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill last week that will help the state identify bad charities and give them enforcement power over charities that aim to scam Maryland residents. “I became aware of it from constituents who said ‘I got burned,’” said District 11 Delegate Dan Morhaim, who sponsored House Bill 1352. “And when they… Read More

Songs from the Heart

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Four singing privates first class of the Israel Defense Forces Naval Ensemble had the audience clapping, singing and even dancing to the spirited and soulful songs they performed for the approximately 400 attendees in Beth El Congregation’s Offit Auditorium. The event, presented by Friends of the IDF and Beth El Congregation, honored Charlie Levine, founder… Read More

Israeli group reportedly excluded from West Bank ‘peace run’

A group of six Israeli runners reportedly was excluded from the West Bank portion of a regional long-distance run. Dubbed the Peace Run and led by Australian ultra-marathoner Paul Farmer, the course began in Lebanon and wound its way through Israel and the West Bank before ending Monday in Jerusalem. The group of Israeli runners,… Read More

Survey: 74 percent of French Jews mulling emigration

Nearly 75 percent of thousands of French Jews who participated in a recent survey said they are considering emigrating. The survey, the results of which were released Monday by the Paris-based Siona organization of Sephardic French Jews, encompassed 3,833 respondents from the Jewish community of France, Siona said. Of the 74.2 percent of respondents who… Read More

Never Too Late

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Middle school students saw the tables turned when they ushered their parents and other adults to their assigned classrooms as part of Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s Luv2Learn Festival on Sunday, May 18. “I think it’s interesting for people who have been out of school so long to come here and get a sense of what it’s… Read More

Seizing An Opportunity

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Living in the fast-paced world of evolving mobile technology, two young Israeli entrepreneurs have invented what they hope will revolutionize the one device that they feel “got left behind” and seems to have missed the mobile revolution train: the printer. Tuvia Elbaum and Matan Caspi, both 29 and students at the Jerusalem College of Technology… Read More

‘Touchdown Israel’

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Almost four years ago, San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker Paul Hirschberger began learning all he could about the North American-style of tackle football that is being played in Israel. He has turned the research into his first sports film, “Touchdown Israel,” about how the growing sport is bridging cultural gaps in Israel. “I was looking for… Read More

The Family They Chose

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In the nearly 40 years he has been a member of the Baltimore Chavurah, Dick Goldman has often thought the group would make a terrific model for the entire Jewish community. And though Shoshana Harris, one of the Chavurah’s founding members, said there is no magic formula to the group’s longevity, it is evident that… Read More

Jewish Trainer Has High Hopes For Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and became one of the most popular men at this year’s Preakness Stakes, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out… Read More

The New Reality

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With the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations, the Palestinian leadership has embarked on a broad plan of unilateral action to gain recognition of a Palestinian state and to isolate Israel internationally. Couple those developments with the Palestinian Fatah movement’s unity pact with the terrorist group Hamas, and Israel is facing a complex new… Read More