Lights, Camera, Action

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Since it was founded in 1916, the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland has worked to provide leadership training, support for the Jewish community and advocacy on issues of concern to the local, national and international Jewish communities. The federation, an umbrella group of nonprofit organizations and sisterhoods, held its 98th annual convention, “Women… Read More

Freedom of the Press?

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With the Summer Assembly of Israel’s 19th Knesset now in session, a highly controversial bill has drawn the ire of many from a wide range of professional fields and political backgrounds, including Members of Knesset (MKs), legal experts, media watchdog organizations, free speech activists and journalists. A measure describing itself as the “bill for the… Read More

Knesset to hold presidential election June 10

TEL AVIV— The Knesset will vote for Israel’s next president on June 10. The winner will succeed Shimon Peres, whose seven-year term ends July 27. Israel’s president, a largely ceremonial post, serves as the nation’s official head of state. Israeli citizens do not cast ballots for president. Reports emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted… Read More

Survey Says …

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While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s newly published study on anti-Semitism, concerns have arisen about the accuracy of the survey’s findings on certain countries. The “ADL Global 100,” released last week, measures anti-Semitic sentiments in 102 countries and is considered the largest poll ever conducted on the… Read More

Jewish Trainer’s Horse Wins Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, 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 before his bar mitzvah after a case of… Read More

Baltimore, Washington students awarded Bronfman Fellowships

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The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel recently selected its 2014 cohort of high school students from around the country who will be given the opportunity for an immersive summer study in Israel. Rafi Lehmann, son of Pam and David Lehmann, is a junior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School in Baltimore. Lehmann is the… Read More

‘Discovery and Recovery’

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A much-debated artifacts collection from the historical Jewish community in Baghdad that was slated to return to Iraq will remain in the United States for an additional two years, following last week’s announcement of an agreement between Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department. The agreement extends the exhibit of a selection of the artifacts,… Read More

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