Local Leaders Remember Sharon as Masterful Strategist

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As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who… Read More

Gansler Goes On Offensive

Attorney General Doug Gansler made a final push Monday to publicly pressure Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown into testifying today at the General Assembly, when legislators will look into the possibility of emergency legislation to retroactively insure Marylanders who could not sign up due to glitches in the state’s online health-care exchange. “In order to fix… Read More

Ariel Sharon dies at 85

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Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same settlements, died Saturday. He was 85 and had been in a coma since suffering a series of strokes in 2006. Sharon was known for… Read More

Police: Caleb Jacoby found safe in NYC

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NEW YORK (JTA) The police department in Brookline, Mass., said JTA that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in New York City. Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on Jan. 6. The case drew national attention, in part because the youth is the son of… Read More

Israel’s Opposition Leader Holds Out Safety Net

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Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog will likely come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog… Read More

Purpose-Built

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Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were more than two decades ago, according to research funded in 2006 by the National Science Foundation. A quarter of Americans said they have no one with whom they can discuss personal troubles, more than double the number who were similarly isolated in 1985. Overall, the… Read More

Covered-Up Israel Ruffles Westfield Shoppers

A huge floor-to-ceiling map at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Wheaton was taken down Monday, following complaints that it depicted a distorted version of the Middle East: omitting Israel while including Palestine, misplacing Tel Aviv, misrepresenting the shape of the West Bank and not mentioning Gaza. Following numerous emails on a local Jewish community listserv… Read More

Gildenhorn Announces Scholarship

The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland is pleased to award the Gildenhorn Family Scholarship to Michelle Thomas. Thomas is a junior who is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and physiology and neurology, as well as a minor in Israel studies. She is the first recipient of… Read More

Pipe bomb wounds Israeli man at Rachel’s Tomb

An Israeli man was wounded in the face on Monday after a pipe bomb thrown toward the upper parking lot at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem exploded, Israel Hayom reported. The bomb was thrown from the Palestinian side of the complex. The man, 25, had gone to the site to pray. After he was wounded, he… Read More

MLA to Consider Anti-Israel Resolution

The Modern Language Association, perhaps best known for its rulings on writing style and bibliographical usage by English-language students, researchers and professors the world over, is wading once again into the murky pool of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the group’s convention in Chicago this month, members of its Delegate Assembly reportedly will vote on a… Read More