American University Conference Examines State of Israel’s Relationship With its Arab Citizens

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On Sunday Feb. 11, American University’s Center for Israel Studies organized a mini-conference called “The Arab Population in Israel 1948 to Today." It brought scholars and activists together from around the world to discuss the changing agendas, facets, and aspirations of Israeli Arabs. A theme that resonated throughout the conference was the duality of feeling Palestinian or Arab while recognizing one's Israeli citizenship.

Maryland Hillel Goes the Extra Mile to Provide Diverse and Engaging Shabbat Experiences

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Ahad Ha’am is famously quoted as saying that more than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews. The potency of designating a space and time for learning, reflection, dialogue, and community is hard to overstate. Whether one is observant, secular, traditional, “just Jewish” or culturally Jewish, Hillel has worked diligently to foster varied and meaningful opportunities for Shabbat engagement.

Remembering Cantor Mark Levi

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Cantor Mark Levi, who served as cantor for Beth Tikva Congregation, now known as Tikvat Israel in Rockville, Maryland, and earlier at Beth Torah in Hyattsville, Maryland, died Dec. 28, 2017. He was 103 years old.

‘The Notorious RBG’ Talks Outsider Politics and Equal Rights at Adas Israel Event

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In a wide-ranging conversation in front of a sold-out crowd on Feb. 1, 

Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about Justice Ginsburg’s family, her professional trajectory, and her future. One theme was clear: America has improved over the course of its history in how it deals with institutional racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism, but there is still room for improvement.

Governor Hogan Includes $2 Million in his Budget for Private School Security

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On Jan. 17, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released his budget for the coming year, which includes $2 million in security grant funding for private schools and daycares. Schools deemed “at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs, or mission” could apply for grants to pay for building security guards, building upgrades, and staff training. If funding is approved by the legislature, then this would be the first Maryland state program to provide operating funds for private schools.

NCSY Cardin Program is Back in Action

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Each Wednesday at Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Rockville, Maryland, teens join mentors for learning, dinner, and a speech from a special guest. Most recently, they heard from Denny Berman about the theme of charity and chesed. (Photo courtesy of Mattie Watson)