Camp Fare Summer camps and Israel, what should be taught?

Gan Israel campers happily pose for a photo by the “kotel.”

Israel is frequently at the heart of Jewish camping. Children return home with additional Hebrew vocabulary they learned from their favorite Israeli counselors and are quick to show off new Israeli dance steps. But how do summer camps teach the more controversial side of the Jewish state — Israeli history, geography and politics? For the… Read More

Robert E. Lee Park to Receive New Name

The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, led by Dr. Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, publically asked Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference on July 21 not to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park. Cheatham, who has led several different civil rights organizations in the past including a Baltimore… Read More

Maryland Natives Make Aliyah

The Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight, carrying 221 new immigrants to Israel this month, included 15 Maryland natives that will now call Israel home. Aaron May, 38, his wife, Rena, 39 and their children, Hadassah, Ariella and Leora, and also siblings Hilla and Yaniv Singerman are all from  Baltimore. Dovev and Shayna Hefetz and their children… Read More

Ellicott Mills Student Wins Kaplun Essay Contest

Jacob Witlin receives a certificate from Kaplun Foundation co-chairman Aaron Seligson for his Top 5 finish in the Kaplun essay-writing contest.

Jacob Witlin, 14, a student from Ellicott Mills Middle School, was a Top 5 finalist in the 24th annual Kaplun essay contest. “I was actually quite surprised because I had no idea when I entered that contest that I’d do so well,” said Witlin, who will be attending Mount Hebron High School in the fall…. Read More

Discovery Communications Produces BBYO Recruitment Video

BBYO, in partnership with Discovery Communications, produced a talent recruitment video called “Find Yourself Here: Careers with BBYO,” which was released last month. Discovery Communications selected BBYO for “Creating Change 2014,” its annual pro-bono initiative that helps nonprofits achieve their goals. “We’re in the people business, and if we’re going to reach and inspire teens,… Read More

Pollard Release Set for November

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Jonathan Pollard, the American Jew who has served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel, will be released Nov. 20 from a U.S. prison. The Parole Board announced its decision on Tuesday after the Justice Department agreed not to oppose the release. In Israel, many were expected to celebrate the… Read More

Hoops for Peace Kids’ basketball program teaches conflict resolution

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For the last 15 years, an international program has been attempting to take the first step toward world peace through an unlikely mechanism — basketball. Peace Players International, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, works to unite children of different communities from around the world that have a history of violence through programs that combine basketball and… Read More

Thousands Rally Against Iran Nuclear Deal In Times Square

More than 10,000 people gathered in New York City's Times Square to protest against the Iran Deal. Alberto Reyes/INFphoto/Newscom

  Approximately 10,000 people crammed into New York City’s Times Square Wednesday evening to demand that Congress vote against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Protesters, consisting mainly of pro-Israel and right-wing supporters, view the deal as a huge threat to the safety and security of both the United States and Israel. The Stop Iran… Read More