Welcome back to my legislative updates! The 444th Legislative Session has begun, and we have hit the ground running working for all Marylanders under the leadership of the esteemed Speaker, Adrienne A. Jones!
I continue to be assigned to the prestigious Ways & Means Committee, and I am a member of the Local Revenues and Racing & Gaming subcommittees. The Ways & Means committee spends a significant amount of time working on legislation that affects education, election law, local and state revenues, and racing and gaming.
As you are aware, the Pimlico Race Course is in our district, District 41, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for the redevelopment and success of Pimlico in my committee so Baltimor...
Eretz Hakodesh, the chareidi faction in the World Zionist Congress, has revealed, in a stunning exposé, that in an informational video distributed by the Reform movement, its leaders fully admit that despite the struggle that they are waging to revise the layout of the Kosel Hamaarovi, the Kosel actually does not interest them at all, and they are merely using it in a symbolic fashion in their effort to reshape the entire Jewish culture of the State of Israel.
With the inauguration of the new government in Israel, the leaders of the coalition parties pledged to quickly advance approval of the outline for the revised Kosel, an effort that has been halted since 2016 due to the opposition of the leaders of the chareidi parties in the Knes...
In response to two antisemitic incidents that took place in early January in South Tampa, Florida, the Tampa JCCs and Federation has issued an alert to members of the local Jewish community to report any instances of antisemitic activity they encounter.
The Federation said it was “deeply disappointed” and noted that “as an organization and a community, we find hateful acts like this disturbing and unacceptable.”
Mark Segel, director of strategic initiatives for the JCCs and Federation, told the Jewish Press of Pinellas County that both incidents took place at the beginning of January.
In one case, a portable toilet in a residential construction site in South Tampa was defaced with a spray painted Star of David inside a circle with a slash through it. Se...
'When we say living next to Covid, this means also studying next to Covid'
Israel plans to implement two tests a week for children in the education system, ending quarantine for students exposed to a Covid carrier, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced during a speech on Thursday with Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton.
"The children of Israel will return to studying. Starting next Thursday, we will start Operation 'Testing and Learning.'" Bennett stated.
All students up to the age of 18 will perform two weeks a week at home, one on Sunday morning and one on Wednesday morning before going to school. If the child is negative, they can head to school as normal. If they test positive, they must be tested at a supervised t...
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A historic debate is being held at the United Nations today, at the end of which the General Assembly is expected to adopt an Israeli-proposed resolution to combat Holocaust denial.
At the beginning of the debate, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan presented the draft resolution he initiated on behalf of Israel on the issue of the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion, and will tell the personal story of his family.
"Beyond defining Holocaust distortion and denial, this resolution is a commitment to make sure that this phenomenon will be tolerated no more." Erdan said."As Israel's ambassador, this resolution is my most important initiative, but not only because I represent a Jewish state, not only because I am a Jew, but also because I am the grandson of Holocaust surv...
Avrahom Dovid Sauer, z'l, touched so many lives. The Sauer family would appreciate if everyone would please share their memories and stories by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.Baltimore, MD – Jan. 15, 2022 - It is with deep regret and sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com
informs the community of the petira of
Reb Avrahom Dovid Sauer, z’l, husband
of Tobie Sauer, father of Shoshana (Moishe) Rozansky, Chesky (Aidy) Sauer, Sara
(Ezeriel) Birnhack, Eli Sauer, Akiva Sauer, Hadassah Sauer, Yehudis Sauer, son
of Moshe & Channah Sauer and brother of Yehoshua
(Yaffa) Sauer, Devorah (Ieshula) Ishakis
,Nechama (Eden) Goldman, Shmuel Yaakov (Bracha) Sauer, Penina (Dovid) Blau
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Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia given greenlight to deliver military hardware amid Russian buildup at border
The US State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send US-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.
Under export control regulations, countries must obtain approval from the State Department before transferring any weapons they received from the United States to third parties.
The third-party transfer agreements will allow Estonia to transfer Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, while Lithuania will be permitted to send Stinger missiles, said one of the sources.
The three Baltic states are members of the NATO intergovernmental military alliance which ...
Defense Minister Benny Gantz delivered remarks in a joint press conference with Greek Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, today (Thursday, 20 January 2022).
Minister Gantz: The State of Israel views Greece as a strong regional partner. As a NATO member, Greece plays a big role in maintaining security and stability in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. We value both our bilateral defense relations as well as our work in the trilateral framework, together with Cyprus. This relationship is an asset, and I am committed to further deepening and expanding our cooperation, in any scenario and regional developments.
Minister Gantz also commented on the Iranian nuclear threat and international negotiations: And while Iranian officials deliver educated remarks in nice suits in V...
The Israeli Cyber Security industry continued its growth trend in 2021 and set new records in every field. Data gathered and processed by the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) shows that in comparison to 2020, the amount of funds raised by the Israeli cyber security industry tripled and reached the record amount of approximately $8.8 billion. Additional records were set in overall cyber exports and in the number of Israeli companies that entered the billion-dollar (Unicorn) club (i.e. are worth $ 1 billion).
According to the data, in 2021 the Israeli cyber industry raised $8.8 billion in over 100 different deals, triple the amount from the previous year. Also, four Israeli cyber security IPOs occurred in 2021, as well as 11 new Israeli entrances into the prestigious Unicorn club i....
Automated facility can sort and ship 20,000 packages every hour
Global shipping titan DHL has made its biggest Midde East investment in Israel — an $80 million automated processing center.
The facility can sort and ship 20,000 packages every hour, representing a five-fold increase over what it could process before.
Last year saw $140 billion in Israeli exports, representing more than a third of the GDP, and proce...
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with the members of the IDF General Staff Forum, together with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and Defense Ministry Director General Maj,-Gen. (ret.) Amir Eshel, at the Kirya in Tel Aviv, today (Thursday, 20 January 2022).
Prime Minister Bennett spoke with the members of the forum about his strategic concept regarding the various challenges facing the State of Israel, especially the Iranian issue, The Prime Minister emphasized that the main task of the State of Israel is to inflict significant harm on the Iranian regime and its proxies in the region.
Prime Minister Bennett also discussed the strengthening of relations between Israel and the US as well as the continued enhancing of Israel's international standi...
The Israel Ministry of Defense and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems have signed an agreement for the development and production of three advanced submarines for the Israeli Navy.
Defense Minister, Benny Gantz: “The procurement of three advanced, operational submarines joins a series of measures that we have taken in the past year in the process to equip and strengthen and IDF. I would like to thank the German government for its assistance in advancing the agreement and for its commitment to Israel's security. I am confident that the new submarines will upgrade the capabilities of the Israeli Navy, and will contribute to Israel's security superiority in the region."
At the end of a several-year planning and negotiation process, the Israel Ministry of Defense, the German Ministr...
Suspects being questioned in custody by counterterrorism unit
British police on Thursday arrested two men over their alleged roles in a hostage-taking by a British man at a reform temple in Texas last weekend.
The men were arrested in Birmingham in central England and in Manchester in northwestern England on Thursday morning by counterterrorism officers, Greater Manchester Police said in a tweet.
The men are being questioned in custody by Counter Terrorism Policing North West.
A man from Blackburn in northwestern England, 44-year-old Malik Faisal Ak...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 20, 2022 - There was a recent poll going around asking the following question: What pictures of your child do you love the best? In this podcast we reveal the results of this poll and discuss the great man Yisro who decided to turn his life around and become a full fledge Jew. Tune in to find out what all of this has to do with the annual Super Seder Campaign that exists in one of the popular Yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel.
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January 20th marks the 80th anniversary of the Nazi conference at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, where senior Nazi officials gathered in 1942 to formulate a plan for the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”
The building, known as the Am Großen Wannsee villa, was built in 1915 by pharmaceutical manufacturer Ernst Marlier and purchased by industrialist Friedrich Minoux in 1921. In 1940, it was acquired by the Nazi regime to be used as a holiday destination for SS members.
The luxurious villa was inaugurated in the fall of 1941, with officials highlighting its spacious and heated rooms and halls, a music and billiard room, a balcony overlooking the Großer Wannsee lake, and food, wine, beer and tobacco products available in plenty.
Within its walls, 15 ...
Abu Dhabi, January 20 – Israeli tech company Watergen has supplied generators that create drinking water from the air to Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the largest in the Middle East. Fresh drinking water from the air is available at the World Future Energy Summit 2022, the leading international business event and exhibition for future energy, clean-tech, and sustainability. It is the first exhibition of this magnitude to become plastic-free, with clean drinking water produced from the air available to all attendees.
In a deal between ADNEC and Watergen estimated at several million shekels, Watergen provided and installed fifteen industrial-sized devices throughout the complex that are connected to its water system. The company w...
Under the slogan “Netanyahu, you will never walk alone!,” Israeli right-wing news anchor Yinon Magal succeeded in raising 3,529,000 NIS within a week to fund Netanyahu’s legal campaign. It is unclear whether Netanyahu can legally benefit from such funds according to Israeli law but Magal insists that a way can be found to transfer the money to Netanyahu.
“I spoke with senior lawyers in the Knesset,” he said. “The law prevents a Knesset member from initiating a fundraising campaign but we didn’t ask Netanyahu, we just raised the money. When Netanyahu goes to the Ethics Committee and requests, I hope he will agree, we will not accept a “no”, we demand to give him the money and the committee will authorize it.”
“People from a...