‘This is Just the Beginning’ Local, national Jewish organizations reach out to AME Church community in Charleston

Charleston residents during a prayer vigil outside the Morris Brown AME church
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After nine people were killed by 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof during a prayer study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday, many, including the local Jewish community in Charleston, S.C., reached out to comfort and support their neighbors and publicly denounced the act as a hate crime against the African-American community. Rabbi Stephanie… Read More

Voice of The Godz Musician Larry Kessler, 73, reflects on his unsuccessful but highly influential band from the ’60s

Larry Kessler holds The Godz’s second album in his record shop. He is second from the right on the album cover.

They made animal noises, they taunted their audiences, they’d talk on their records. The word ‘dissonant’ doesn’t quite do the band’s auditory shenanigans justice. Even Lou Reed thought they were strange. The Godz were unpopular, unappreciated and unsuccessful in their time as a band from 1965 to 1968. “Anybody who knew us, they claimed that… Read More

Beth Tfiloh Hosts Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel meets Beth Tfiloh families in a private meet-and-greet before the show.
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Howie Mandel, judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and host of “Deal or No Deal,” took the spotlight on June 11 at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s 2015 Spotlight fundraiser. Performing in the sanctuary, which Mandel admitted was a strange feeling, allowed him to take advantage of the heritage and background he shared with the… Read More

Off the Mark Obama’s latest wooing of Jews not working, poll suggests

President Obama speaking at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., May 22, 2015.
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WASHINGTON — It’s early days for the White House’s latest charm offensive among American Jews, but a new poll suggests that the wooing effort is having little effect. The poll, published June 10 by J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group that generally backs President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, shows Obama stuck at the same… Read More

No More Than Talking J Street U, Hillel leadership meet in D.C.

J Street U students participating in a protest against Hillel International on the sidelines of the J Street conference in Washington, D.C., in March. (Photos Moshe Zusman)

Members of J Street U’s National Student Board walked away “disappointed” after a lengthy on-the-record meeting with representatives from Hillel International. Four student board members of J Street U, which is affiliated with the liberal pro-Israel organization J Street, accompanied by J Street U Director Sarah Turbow, sat down with Hillel International’s CEO Eric Fingerhut;… Read More

A Matter of Conversion Targeting modern Orthodox rabbi, Israeli rabbinate draws battle line

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Efrat conducts the Pidyon HaBen ceremony for a 
30-day-old first-born son in Efrat, West Bank last month.
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TEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But this week, the… Read More

Jews Make Booze Father’s Day event includes whiskey history and tasting

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Fathers across the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region will have a chance to relax while also learning about the history of Jewish involvement in the American whiskey making process. The Jewish Museum of Maryland will be hosting a lecture on Sunday by author Reid Mitenbuler, who wrote the recently released “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future… Read More

Wild Pea Partners with McCormick on Old Bay Hummous

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Baltimore County-based Wild Pea Hummous is now an official brand partner with McCormick, whose company logo can now be found on its Old Bay Hummous. Although Wild Pea has been selling Old Bay Hummous since the company’s founding in 2011, this marks a formal partnership between the companies and allows Wild Pea to promote its… Read More

Perfect Match Hopkins-Technion partnership celebrates 15 years

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About 110 benefactors gathered at the private home of Bruce Sholk and Beth Kaplan in Lutherville May 27 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The event also coincided with the 75th anniversary of the partnership between the Technion and… Read More