Party Time

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Israel is turning 66, and you are invited to the party. From feasting on falafel to bopping to Israeli beats, Jewish organizations across the area want you to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day in style at Yom Ha’atzmaut events next week. Fells Point’s contemporary bar, Vale Tudo, will be decked out in blue and white on… Read More

A Song Of Hope In A Time Of Despair

A national anthem written more than 50 years before the birth of the state for which it was composed, “Hatikvah” has served as a source of hope and inspiration for Jews who have found themselves in the most dire of circumstances. During the darkest hours of the Holocaust, Jews defied their tormentors by singing the… Read More

How Kemach Is Tackling Israel’s Socioeconomic Problems Head On

“The people demand social justice!” was the cry heard throughout Israel during the summer of 2011. Israelis took to the streets, placards in hand, and protested the injustice that they believed was present in Israeli society. From the price of cottage cheese through to inflated governmental taxes, Israel was angry.

Also Playing: ‘Finding Kalman’

In commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Yom Ha’Shoah, “Finding Kalman,” a 30-minute documentary that tells the story of Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs and her brother, will air April 7 at 5 p.m on WETA HD; April 13 at 11:30 a.m. on WHUT; and nationwide during the month of April.

African-Israeli Personalities Hoping To Change Community’s Image

When Yityish Aynaw immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at age 12, she was thrust into an Israeli classroom. An orphan lacking Hebrew skills, Aynaw said she relied on other kids and her own sheer ambition to get through. Ten years later, Aynaw, 22, is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to be crowned Miss Israel — a title… Read More

J Street Has Carved Out Its Place; Israelis Say Policies Don’t Jibe

The excitement is infectious. The growth astounding. J Street, turning 5 years old next week, has grown steadily and exponentially. “We are an important voice in the debate and discussion about Israel,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street. “I don’t want to overstate anything. There has been very steady, gradual growth and gradual… Read More

Holocaust Trains Are Jewel of Greek Enthusiast

It was spring in northern Greece, 1943. Efthymios Kontopoulos, 13, had come to Thessaloniki for the day when he saw Nazis rounding up the city’s Jews. “My father brought me into town,” Kontopoulos, who is not Jewish, said. “We saw them being taken away. They were with their [yellow] badges.”

Holocaust Testimony Captured in 3D

In a dark glass building here, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter shows that his memory is crystal clear and his voice is strong. His responses seem a bit delayed —  not that different from other survivors I have known who are reluctant to speak openly about their experiences — but he’s doing just fine for a… Read More

HBO Pays Homage To Holocaust Rescuers

HBO honors victims and rescuers this Yom Hashoah with the screening of a new documentary by journalist Steven Pressman. The film, “Fifty Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” is based on a previously hidden memoir written by Eleanor Kraus of Philadelphia.