Today, Jews around the world will remember the 6,000,000 Kedoshim who perished in the barbaric flames of the Holocaust. What words can describe the gaping hole that has been left in our collective soul? It has been over 80 years since the Holocaust began but for a people who still mourn the tragedies of thousands of years ago – it seems like yesterday. There are no words, there is no consolation – so many years later we still find ourselves in the state of Mi She’Meyso Mutal L’Fanav (one whose deceased loved one is lying before him) – a state which the Talmud describes as being without nechama (consolation). But we have not succumbed. Despite staggering losses we are still a vibrant people with a...
Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. is presenting Authenticity and Identity an exhibition looking at how artists respond to challenges of Jewish identity, ritual, cultural touchstones, and multiple other topics. Originally scheduled to open in April 2020, Authenticity and Identity is an exhibition curated by Ori Z Soltes, a professor at Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization, who for four decades has engaged with Jewish artwork, politics, and culture. On April 8, 2021, Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, the curator will discuss Yom HaShoah as he introduces the Holocaust-related artworks and ask for a moment of silence. The exhibition brings together more than 50 artists, including contemporary Israeli and European artists. With a...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 2021 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?TableTalk features:•    Weekly halachic dilemma creating l...
Jerusalem, Israel - Apr. 8, 2021 - President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Thursday 8 April / 26 Nissan, presented a certificate to Holocaust survivor Itzik Yaakoby as part of the “Flower for the Survivor” project, a joint initiative of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, the IDF Education and Youth Corps and Beit Lochamei Haghetaot. The presentation took place at the Ahuzat Beit Hakerem sheltered housing and IDF Chief Education Officer Brig.-Gen. Ophir Levius also participated. Holocaust survivor Itzik Ya’akobi, 90, was born in Hungary and came to Israel in 1947 after surviving Auschwitz and Mauthausen, the only survivor in his family. He served in the Givati Brigade of the IDF and lost the sight in one eye during the battles for Negba....
Officials say both students and staff in BCPS may have problems with internet Thursday, April 8. Authorities say Baltimore County Public Schools staff and students may be having technical difficulties Thursday morning. The internet issues are intermittent, according to officials. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens "Staff are working on the issue," Baltimore County Public Schools reported before 9 a.m. The school system is currently operating within a hybrid model of instruction, with some students in person and others learning virtually, due to the coronavirus p...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 8, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Devorah Abrams (Baltimore, MD / St Louis, MO) and Yehudah Pinsky (Milwaukee, WI /Hollywood, FL) on their engagement. יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
On the eve of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), hundreds of girls in the Nifgashot workshop interviewed, together with me, Holocaust historian Esther Farbstein. Her remarks included the following:On being an adolescent during the Holocaust: "I was privileged to publish the diary of teenager Rivka Lifshitz, decades after it was written. From the ghetto, Rivka wrote to herself: 'The content of my life I cannot change, but I can change the tune.' This is a beautiful message and an important thought for us today as well. Sometimes things happen that we cannot control, but we can always determine the attitude we wish to adopt, the atmosphere we wish to create, and the tune we wish to sing." Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, dea...
Sirens mark two-minute moment of silence, briefly halting all of Israel's public life for moment of reflection Air raid sirens wailed across Israel on Thursday morning, bringing the country to a two-minutes standstill. Yom Hashoah, Tel Aviv 2017 The sirens are an annual tradition for Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, which the country began commemorating on Wednesday. They mark a two-minute stop for all public activity, with people stopping whatever they were doing and standing in place with their heads bowed. The sirens will wail again twice in the coming days -- on April 13 evening and April 14 morning, when Israel will be honoring the memory of its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorisms. Thursday will see more solemn events in the name of the 6 million Je...
World powers are currently holding talks with the Islamic Republic in the Austrian capital of Vienna Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a renegotiated nuclear deal between world powers and Iran will not stop the Jewish state from protecting itself from malign regimes seeking its destruction.  While delivering remarks at Israel’s official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in Jerusalem, Netanyahu highlighted the threat his government says a revitalized nuclear deal will pose to Israel. “A deal with Iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us,” Netanyahu declared. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Group...
Jordan's King Abdullah II said Wednesday that a sedition attempt has been quashed and that he has mended his relationship with his half-brother, who the government had accused of spearheading a plot against the country’s leaders. Abdullah made his first public remarks on the internecine feud in a letter to the public Wednesday, maintaining that the Mideast nation is secure. “I speak to you today, my family and my tribe, in whom I place my implicit trust, and from whom I draw determination, to assure you that the sedition has been nipped in the bud, and that our proud Jordan is safe and stable,” he wrote in the English version of the letter. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals,...
Iranian authorities admitted Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has manufactured 55 kg of uranium enriched to up to 20 percent – the point at which it is highly enriched – indicating quicker production than the 10 kg a month rate required by an Iranian law that created the process in January, reported Reuters. The update came a day after Tehran and Washington held what they described as “constructive” indirect talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in an attempt to find a path back to the 2015 Nuclear Deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL Whats...
Vice President Harris moved into her official residence at the Naval Observatory Tuesday evening after an initial delay due to repairs. “What a historic moment. The first time in our nation’s history, a daughter of immigrants, Kamala Devi Harris takes Marine 2 for the first time to her new home, the Vice President’s Residence,” Opal Vadhan, an aide to Harris, tweeted after the vice president returned from a trip to Chicago. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff had previously been living at the Blair House for the past...
A Missouri man who used the cryptocurrency bitcoin to try to buy a highly lethal chemical weapon that could kill 300 people told the would-be seller, “I plan to use it soon,” federal authorities said Tuesday. Writings found in the Columbia home of the man, Jason William Siesser, “articulated Siesser’s heartache, anger and resentment over a breakup, and a desire for the person who caused the heartache to die,” the Justice Department said in a press release. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Siesser, 46, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after ple...
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the US military’s elite language school in Monterey, California, has dropped Hebrew from its roster of languages due to low demand. Natela Cutter, a spokeswoman for the institute, said Tuesday that the current class underway would be the last in Monterey, but the language would still be available through contractors in the Washington DC area, a system used for languages that have been removed from the Monterey curricula in recent years. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens She said the last time the school cut languages, in 2016, five...
Israel and Russia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on internal security matters. The agreement covers cooperation in fighting violent and financial crime, terror and terror financing, weapons trafficking and other fields, according to Public Security Minister Amir Ohana. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens “This is a significant diplomatic achievement that will lead to increased personal security for the citizens of both Israel and Russia, and will strengthen ties between the countries,” Ohana said in a statement. Ohana said the signing came after &ldq...
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 4, 2021:The Jewish Community Center (JCC) seeks Park Heights Youth Program Director Reporting to the Senior Program Director, the Park Heights Youth Program Director will be primarily responsible for oversight, supervision and direction of the Park Heights Children and Youth programming, J Play (babysitting) and Camp Koolanu. This position will also support the Meyerhoff Engagement Center with program planning, coverage and family engagement. This is a full time, 40 hour per week position. For full job description, please visit http://bit.ly/jccyouthprogramdirector.
President Biden will announce gun control measures on Thursday that an administration official described as an initial set of actions aimed at addressing all forms of gun violence. The president will detail several initiatives to be achieved through a mix of executive and legislative action, the official told reporters. Biden will call on the Department of Justice to issue proposed rules to stop the proliferation of so-called "ghost guns" within 30 days. Ghost guns refer to kits that allow the recipient to assemble the firearm using provided parts. These guns do not have commercial serial numbers and are difficult to track. The Justice Department will be given 60 days to issue a separate rule on stabilizing braces, which can turn a pistol into a more accurate weapon that fires like...
CORRECTION: Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - A new red light  camera was not installed  at the corner of Park Heights and Strathmore yesterday, where there are 2 traffic lights in succession near Bnos Yisroel but, an Inductive Loop Detector, has been.What does an Incutive Loop Detector do?  Once a vehicle is detected by the loops, the traffic light system is signaled that there is someone waiting to proceed. The lights for the cross traffic will then begin to change after a safe time period before the light turns green for you.###Baltimore, MD – Apr. 6, 2021 – A new red light  camera was installed today at the corner of Park Heights and Strathmore where there are 2 traffic lights in succession near Bnos Yisr...
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