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Classroom Conundrum County schools wrestle with air conditioning, calendar

The Baltimore County Board of Education must adjust its calendar to comply with an executive order from Gov. Hogan.

The new school year brings new teachers, old friends and for some kids and parents a countdown to the next summer break. But for Baltimore County students and parents, a number of lingering issues resurfaced right at the  outset of the 2016-17 school year. High-heat weekdays forced county schools without air conditioning to close twice… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

Pew Research released a study of Israeli’s attitudes, which show that a majority of Israelis agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of  Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes,  released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes, released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

‘Lubavitchers Can Do Anything’ New book delves into past, present and future of Chabad

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It’s been 12 years since Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, pointed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a source of inspiration for his own movement’s synagogues and congregants. “It is hard for me to say this, but I will say it nonetheless,” he told attendees of the Reform biennial… Read More

A Test for the Big Tent

What is an individual’s responsibility for decorum inside an open tent of the Jewish community? And how should the community respond to peaceful demonstrations within its walls? These questions were put to the test recently at a public event in Pittsburgh, where Israeli Consul General Yaron Sideman spoke at the Jewish Community Center. In advance… Read More

Beyond a Backpack HoCo community helps students in need

Roy and Sue Appletree have coordinated the Prepare for Success program in Howard County for eight years. (Justin Katz)

When Roy and Sue Appletree began donating to Prepare for Success, a nonprofit program that collects school supplies for students undergoing financial hardship in Howard County, they didn’t anticipate they would eventually be asked to coordinate the program. Howard County, with a median household income of $109,865, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has been… Read More

Senate Candidates Square Off Van Hollen’s history contrasts with Edwards’ grassroots ideology

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (left) and Terry O’Neill, NOW president, listen as Rep. Donna Edwards makes a point.

Rep. Donna Edwards was the first to take a direct swipe at her main Democratic rival for the open seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Speaking Sunday at a candidates forum in Rockville hosted by the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Prince George’s County Democrat and District 4 congressional… Read More

Wake-Up Call For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability

Thousands of demonstrators in Moscow protest the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
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During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the Press Freedom Index and where several of Putin’s critics have… Read More