Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Talmud set for auction

When Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died last October, the former Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel and spiritual leader of the Shas Party left behind a unique Talmud set originally published in Munich in 1949. Later this month, the Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem will publicly auction the set, a series of 19 books that is the… Read More

Israel naming visitor center after Canadian prime minister

The soon-to-be-built visitor center at Israel’s Hula Nature Reserve will be named after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he visits the Jewish state in two weeks, Israel Hayom reported. The center, established by the Jewish National Fund, will be built from funds collected in Canada at a fundraising event that Harper attended. Israeli Prime… Read More

Helmsley Announces Grants

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced almost $22 million in grants to four Israeli institutions. These grants are part of a continuing effort to invest in Israel’s leading institutions and critical initiatives with the goal of strengthening the country. The grants were awarded to Magen David Adom and Barzilai Hospital to help strengthen and protect… Read More

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership Chosen For Drone Research, Testing

The Federal Aviation Administration designated Virginia, New York, Texas, North Dakota, Nevada and Alaska as testing areas for unmanned aircraft systems, popularly known as drones. The designations, part of a plan to safely integrate pilotless aircraft into the national airspace system, will see institutions in Maryland (the University System of Maryland), New Jersey (Rutgers University)… Read More

CCBC Brochure Honored

The Community College of Baltimore County’s brochure promoting the institution’s many travel offerings was included in a showcase of internationally exemplary programs at the Learning Resources Network’s annual conference Nov. 21-23 in San Francisco. “Travel, Learn and Grow” received an award for excellence. CCBC’s travel opportunities for international study includes the Netherlands and Belgium.

HIAS Announces Three New Additions

HIAS, the 130-year-old international Jewish nonprofit dedicated to welcoming and protecting the rights of refugees, has announced three additions to its senior management team. The new managers will join recently appointed president and CEO Mark Hetfield. Rabbi Jennie Rosenn is assuming the newly created role of vice president for community engagement; Riva Silverman will join… Read More

German Op-ed: Israel cannot be a Jewish state

A German newspaper, Neue Osnabrück Zeitung, published an op-ed last week, “Israel as Jewish state: Unacceptable demand,” sparking outrage in the German Jewish community. Author Franziska Kückmann compared the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by the Palestinians with the creation of either a theocracy like the Islamic Republic of Iran or an “apartheid… Read More

Judea, Samaria communities won’t be evacuated in peace deal, Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Likud Party faction meeting on Monday that there would be no evacuation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in a peace deal resulting from the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations. “A settlement freeze during negotiations is not on the agenda,” Netanyahu said. “The talks are not about… Read More

Year 3 as Super Lawyer

Family law attorney Julie Ellen Landau, founder and principal of The Law Offices of Julie Ellen Landau, has been named to the 2014 Super Lawyers of Maryland Top 100 List and to the 2014 Women Super Lawyers Top 50 List. Landau, a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution, received both honors for the third year… Read More

When Critics Speak

A while ago, the most powerful man on Broadway was not a performer or producer. Frank Rich was a critic for The New York Times who could single-handedly launch a show to great success, but he earned the nickname “The Butcher of Broadway” because a bad review from him could close a show instantly and… Read More