Sharansky To Reveal Full Western Wall Plan In Two Weeks

 Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is expected to release his full plan for a compromise among religious groups at the Western Wall in two weeks. Sharansky, according to Haaretz, aims to release the plan before the end of August. Upon announcing the release plans, he said “if we have an agreement on a solution for… Read More

Hitler Wines Spark Outcry From Tourists

Hitler wines - 08.13.2013

An Italian winery selling a line of Nazi and fascist wines has outraged both tourists and Jewish human rights organizations. Under the label known as the Historical Line, the winemaker Vini Lunardelli’s series celebrates the lives of such personalities in world political history including Che Guevara, Churchill, Napoleon, Marx, Mussolini, and Hitler. The Hitler label… Read More

University Of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation Launch Pioneering ‘American Jewish Studies’ Program

Amos Shapira, president of the University of Haifa, speaks at the university's 41st Board of Governors meeting in June 2013. Shapira says the new Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa "will create a new generation of educated and engaged citizens who share a deeper understanding of the American relationship." 
Photo credit: University of Haifa Communications and Media Relations.

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, and others. “What’s happening in the American Jewish community?” and how those events impact future support for… Read More

Despite Netanyahu’s Pleas, Top House Dems Open To Testing Iran’s New Leader

In increasingly strident tones, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling his American friends that the purported moderation of Iran’s new president is a ploy aimed at relieving international pressure and buying the Islamic Republic more time to cross the nuclear threshold. But in ways both subtle and direct, some of those friends —… Read More

Record Summer of North American Olim Volunteering to Enlist in IDF

Nefesh B'Nefesh IDF - 08.13.2013

This summer’s second charter Aliyah flight from the USA took off today, Monday, August 12th, bringing some 331 new Olim to Israel – including 125 young men and women who will be joining the IDF. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel,… Read More

Arab Idol’s Residency Is More Than Just An Address

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

Kim Steller (left) and 
Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood… Read More

IDF Releases Plans For Trains In West Bank

The Israel Defense Forces publicized plans to build a network of high-speed trains that would run between West Bank population centers and connect them with Israel, Jordan and Syria. The network, according to a blueprint announced Wednesday by the IDF’s Civil Administration, would by 2035 carry up to 30 million passengers on nearly 300 miles… Read More

Rabbi Shot In Southern Russia In Possible Anti-Semitic Attack

A Chabad rabbi working in southern Russia was shot and seriously wounded in what police say may have been an anti-Semitic attack. Unknown assailants shot Artur (Ovadia) Isakov, 40, on Wednesday night as he exited his car and headed into his home in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, according to… Read More

Nefesh B’Nefesh

Marietta and Nissan Jaffee made aliyah on Monday through Nefesh B'Nefesh.

The Dorn family is leaving Kemp Mill to start a new life in Israel. Pushing luggage piled high on carts, Ian and Gali Dorn and their three boys made aliyah July 22. Neither Ian Dorn nor his wife had a job awaiting them in Israel. “I am going on pure faith,” he said, adding he… Read More