Combating Anti-Semitism Ira Forman briefs BJC on status of Europe

Ira Forman has served as special envoy to monitor and combat 
anti-Semitism since 2013.
(U.S. State Department)

The Baltimore Jewish Council got an update earlier this month from the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Ira Forman. “This is probably the most complex issue I’ve ever looked at,” Forman told the Feb. 5 gathering of the situation facing the Jewish community in France. The talk was commissioned following the… Read More

Speaking French JFNA completes solidarity mission to Paris

Linda Hurwitz spent part of last week on a JFNA solidarity mission to France.
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Baltimore’s Jewish community had a representative in France early last week. Linda Hurwitz, chair of planning and allocations for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and national campaign chair for the Jewish Federations of North America, spent two days in the country with the JFNA talking to members of the Jewish community and learning… Read More

The Fight for ‘Israeliness’ Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

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TEL AVIV — Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is post-Zionist, her shrill rebuttal… Read More

An Arab-Israeli Rarity Anett Haskia is first Muslim to run for Jewish Home slate

Anett Haskia fared poorly in the Jewish Home primary, but she says party voters embraced her despite her background. 
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PETACH TIKVAH, Israel — Outside the Moriah Synagogue in this central Israeli city, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan. 14 primary for the Jewish Home party, a right-wing, modern Orthodox faction. Religious voters trickled in and out of polls in… Read More

Rocky Rosen Leaves behind lifetime of inspiration 91-year-old worked as a fitness instructor until weeks before his death

Allen “Rocky” Rosen (left), pictured with wife Ruth and JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann, worked at the JCC for more than six decades.

Allen “Rocky” Rosen may be gone, but his significant impact on his community and family can never be erased. From founding a camp to helping Russian families immigrate to the United States to helping people live healthy lives into his 90s, Rosen inspired and helped generations of people. The longtime JCC fitness instructor, teacher, philanthropist… Read More

Hope and Appreciation Inaugural Times of Israel Gala focuses on best, brightest

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In what was decidedly planned by organizers as a nonpolitical event, former Israeli President Shimon Peres raised eyebrows Sunday night at the inaugural Times of Israel Gala in New York City when he seemingly lambasted current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent calls for Jews under attack in Europe to settle in Israel. “Don’t come to… Read More

Regional Publisher of Jewish Newspapers, Baltimore Style Magazine Expands, Re-brands

Bringing its print products and custom media division under one corporate identity, the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Style Magazine has rebranded itself as Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC. The formation of Mid-Atlantic Media late last year consolidates the holdings of Owings Mills, Md.-based Clipper City Media and the Rockville, Md.-based… Read More

Why There is No Chabad House in Havana

Adela Dworin has been president of the Beth Shalom synagogue since 2006 and serves as the Cuban Jewish community's government liaison. She opposes Chabad's traveling to Cuba on tourist visas rather than religious ones. (Josh Tapper)

HAVANA — On the freshly painted, salmon-colored walls of Alberto and Rebeca Meshulam’s apartment, two portraits of the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, frame the entranceway leading to a wide, airy vestibule. Miniatures of the same portrait sit atop a glass-covered countertop near an image of the Meshulams’ son, Moises, taken at the Chabad-Lubavitch… Read More

Denmark Synagogue Attack a ‘Wake-Up Call’

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From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s main synagogue early Sunday morning, two police officers toting machine guns were on patrol outside the center — a common sight in France,… Read More