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Governor's Trade Mission Brings Four Israeli Startups To Maryland

04/22/2013 - 20:00

Four Israeli high-tech companies will be opening offices in Maryland after the state’s governor, Martin O’Malley, wooed them during an eight-day economic trade mission to Israel and Jordan, O’Malley’s office announced Tuesday.

The companies are Shekel Scales in Kibbutz Beit Keshet in the Lower Galilee, and three Tel Aviv-based companies: Askimo,  Roboteam and Hybrid Security .

Gov. Martin O'Malley

With You In Spirit

A dyed-in-the-wool Bostonian, now in New York, on how personal the Marathon attack felt.
04/21/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Friday morning, in the midst of what was literally a 24-hour news cycle, I awoke to a text from my mother: “I’m glad you’re not living in Cambridge anymore.”

The author, a New York-based writer, longs to be in his hometown of Boston for vigils like this one, held Sunday. Getty Images

Shabbat On Lockdown

A Watertown parent realizes the child's blessing takes on even more meaning during a manhunt.
04/20/2013 - 20:00

Shelly Levy and Ken Lebowitz had planned to bake their own challah for Shabbat on Friday, but then came the lockdown.

Boston area residents were supposed to stay inside on Friday, which made Shabbat preparations a challenge. Getty Images

How A Brave Woman Rescued An Ethiopian Slave

04/16/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Traveling around Ethiopia in late 1991, at the end of the African country’s civil war, was unsafe for anyone.

Wuditu's first Hebrew lesson, in Gondar, Ethiopia. Photo courtesy Judie Oron

Temple Emanu-el Kids' Program Highlights Childhood Shoah Stories

04/16/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Some religious school students at Temple Emanu-El heard a firsthand account of the Holocaust recently. And they saw the New York premiere of a German-made Holocaust documentary.

During two Yom HaShoah speeches at the Upper East Side Reform synagogue, Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz talked about his wartime experiences (the rest of his family died in Auschwitz) and showed a documentary about his life produced by a Bavarian  television channel (an English-language version was recently released at his request).

Who Bombed Boston? The Word For Now Is Caution

04/15/2013 - 20:00
JTA

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama called it an “act of terrorism.” What kind of terrorism, no one was ready to say -- a caution that derives from years of wrongful speculation that on occasion has ruined innocent lives.

Hours after the attack Monday that killed three and injured scores, Obama in a television address refrained from using the word “terrorism.” He did use it Tuesday, but wrapped it deep in caveats.

In Boston, The Familiar Feel Of Terror

For two rabbis at marathon carnage, blasts evoked prior catastrophes; Jewish community vigilant as investigation unfolds.

04/15/2013 - 20:00

Rabbi Mayer Zarchi recognized the loud blasts he heard, and the smell of burnt flesh in the air, when he stepped out of a café in downtown Boston Monday afternoon.

He had been near a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv several years ago. “It was a very similar sound.”

Boston police survey the scene of the marathon after the bombings. Getty Images

Remembering Jackie Robinson’s Fight With Black Nationalists Over Anti-Semitism

04/14/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Moviegoers who headed this past weekend to the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 for the opening of “42” saw the story of how Jackie Robinson displayed legendary courage, class and talent in the face of immense pressure and racial hatred as he broke down baseball’s color barrier.

Less well known is Robinson’s role in a controversy that erupted just a few blocks away, at Harlem’s most famous theater, and underscored his commitment to fighting all bigotry, including prejudice emanating from his own community.

Robinson: "I was ashamed to see community leaders who were afraid to speak out when blacks were guilty of anti-Semitism."

P.I. On Dohenny's

For investigator, exposing kosher meat fraud was a ‘mitzvah.’
04/09/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Los Angeles — A semi-automatic weapon sits propped beside the front door of the ranch-style home that Eric Agaki shares with his wife, a couple of goats, some chickens and a horse. Only it’s not the real thing.

Private investigator Eric Agaki helped uncover the fraudulent practices of the Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market in L.A. JTA / Reb

When Kosher Is Treif

Scandals like Doheny are rare, but not unheard of.
04/09/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Less than a day before the start of Passover, the phone rang at the Brooklyn home of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky. On the line were concerned members of the Rabbinical Council of California, a rabbinical association in Los Angeles that provides kosher certification, among other services.

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