Sights Set Squarely on Iran AIPAC Policy Conference targets nuclear deal as top priority at event that draws record numbers By David Holzel and Daniel Schere

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Iran was center stage at this week’s AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. Months after its nuclear deal was ratified internationally and approved by the Senate after the pro-Israel lobby had fought hard to kill it, speaker after speaker denounced the agreement. It was, in the words of Republican candidate Donald Trump, speaking to 18,000 attendees,… Read More

Processing the Pain of Grief During Passover

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Loss is an unfortunate part of life that everyone is forced to face at some point, and while there is no simple solution to coping with grief, it can be magnified around the holidays. “In our experience, we have found that for people who may not be observant of other holidays or people who are… Read More

Clinton Pledges Support for ‘Strong’ Israel in AIPAC Speech

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday told close to 18,000 Israel supporters at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., that if elected, she would “never allow Israel’s adversaries to think a wedge can be driven between us.” Speaking at the Verizon Center, the former senator and secretary of state eliminated any daylight between… Read More

AIPAC Plans to Battle Iran as Conference Begins

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DEFENDS THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AT THE AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE. PHOTO BY MELISSA GERR.

Vice president Joe Biden on Sunday night addressed an AIPAC policy conference that was divided on the extent of the strength of the Obama administration’s support for Israel. Speaking at the Verizon Center to the pro-Israel lobby’s annual gathering, Biden quoted Irish writer James Joyce and poet William Butler Yeats, as well as Zionist father… Read More

Charm City Tribe Gets ‘Wild’ for Purim

Charm City Tribe’s Wild Purim Rumpus features music, mask-making, an animated film and a whole lot of dancing. (David Stuck)

For Charm City Tribe Rabbi Jessy Gross, Purim is the perfect holiday to engage Baltimore’s Jewish young adult population. “It’s the one holiday that I feel really comfortable that we’re giving as much thought to the party as we’re giving to the Jewish content because they’re one in the same if we’re doing it right,”… Read More

To Understand American Jews Who Support Trump, Read This

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump signs autographs at a campaign rally in Concord, N.C. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — America’s  political system is broken, and the last thing the country needs is another career politician at the helm. With money more than ever a corrupting influence in politics, the White House should be occupied by someone who isn’t beholden to well-funded lobbyists or super PACs. Politicians have a real problem with… Read More

Baltimore’s ‘Jewish’ Architecture Testament to Character, Conviction, Mobility of Its People Second of two parts

Beth Tfiloh Congregation sanctuary, designed by Morris Lapidus (Jeremy Kargon)

After establishing faith communities, neighborhood networks and businesses in East Baltimore from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries, German Jews, and then later Eastern European Jews, moved to areas of the city not restricted to them because of their faith. Assimilation and varying degrees of financial success prompted their moves from the crowded immigrant… Read More

Non-Jewish Activists Link Arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘Symbols War’

The unveiling of a bust of anti-Semitic Holocaust-era lawmaker Gyorgy Donath in Budapest drew the ire of mostly non-Jewish protesters.
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Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably didn’t expect was that the Feb. 24 unveiling of a bust honoring Gyorgy Donath would attract a protest of mostly non-Jewish Hungarians. The protest would lead to the… Read More