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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | March 14, 1994
JERUSALEM -- Israel branded two Jewish extremist groups "terrorist organizations" yesterday, breaking an official myopia that saw danger only from Arabs.The Cabinet acted after hearing secret evidence that members of the two groups of settlers "may be responsible for certain unsolved murders of Arabs," according to Israel radio.Israel also "clarified" orders to allow soldiers to shoot Jewish gunmen as well as Arabs, and pronounced security a matter for authorities, not rifle-toting citizens.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
Michelle Ostroff sees opportunities for the Jewish Federation of Howard County - to reach more people by diving into social media, to better engage teenagers and to make a popular speaker series more inspiring. Ostroff is the new executive director of the federation, only the second full-time director the small organization has had. The organization not only helps the county's Jewish groups but holds programs throughout the community, coordinates events and is involved in charitable endeavors.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Washington Bureau of The Sun | June 28, 1991
WASHINGTON -- John H. Sununu asserted yesterday he is "not blaming anybody but myself" for the controversy surrounding his travel practices and issued denials to Jewish leaders that he considered pro-Israel groups part of a vendetta against him.The White House chief of staff issued a one-paragraph statement yesterday, saying for the first time that he held only himself responsible for recent missteps that have brought presidential rebukes and sharp restrictions...
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
The trial of Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, Baltimore brothers charged with assault and false imprisonment for allegedly beating a black teenager in 2010 while members of Shomrim, a Jewish patrol group, was postponed for a sixth time Wednesday, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. The trial was set to begin Thursday, but is now scheduled for April 23. One of the defendants is ill, according to the city prosecutor's office. All of the delays have been at the request of the defense, a spokesman said.
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By New York Times News Service | September 22, 1991
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has sent a conciliatory letter to U.S. Jewish groups in hopes of calming the uproar over proposed U.S. loan guarantees for Israel.After Mr. Bush lashed out at the "powerful political forces" opposing him on the loan guarantees, Shoshana S. Cardin, chairwoman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, wrote a letter that called his remarks disturbing.Alarmed by the outcry and by what an official said was the anti-Semitic tone of some letters and calls supporting his position, Mr. Bush wrote back: "I am concerned that some of my comments at the Thursday press conference caused apprehension within the Jewish community.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 17, 2002
It seemed impossible, when H.R. Haldeman's White House diaries came out in 1994, that the Rev. Billy Graham could have joined with President Richard M. Nixon in discussing the "total Jewish domination of the media." Or that Graham could have said the nation's problem lies with "satanic Jews," as Haldeman recorded. Graham's reputation as a healer and bridge-builder was so at odds with Haldeman's account that Jewish groups paid little attention, especially because he denied the remarks so strongly.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 26, 1997
BERN, Switzerland -- Early last month, a senior Swiss diplomat sent a confidential cable addressed to only his closest aides. Instead, it was circulated to the country's top politicians and set alarm bells ringing.According to people who have seen it, the cable led the politicians to believe that American Jewish groups were threatening to orchestrate an array of sanctions if Switzerland did not issue a "declaration of intent" to set up a $250 million fund to compensate the families of Holocaust victims and survivors.
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By Diane Winston | July 7, 1991
There's one power lunch that corporate attorney Ron Shapiro swears by -- an hour a month devoted to real power, the power that has created and destroyed civilizations, shaped and stymied human culture.Religious power."It's tough to make the transition," said Mr. Shapiro, describing the mental paces needed to make the walk from his capacious office to the corner boardroom of Shapiro and Olander where the monthly meeting of the Jewish Study Group of the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies is held.
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By Paul L. Montgomery and Paul L. Montgomery,New York Times News Service | July 8, 1992
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Describing Zionism for the first time as a "liberation movement," the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson brought a message of reconciliation yesterday to a conference of the World Jewish Congress.Leaders of Jewish groups said later that the speech could lead to a rejuvenation of political cooperation between black Americans and American Jews.Mr. Jackson went further than before in affirming the right of Israel to exist, delegates said. While not abandoning his support of Palestinian rights, Mr. Jackson said the victory of Yitzhak Rabin's Labor Party in the Israeli elections last month was "a breath of fresh air for peace and security for Israel."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 5, 1999
GENEVA -- Switzerland finds itself once again in the glare of international scrutiny with the release this week of two official reports that are expected to erode further cherished national myths about the country's wartime actions.The long-awaited reports -- one on the fate of Holocaust-era bank accounts and the other on Swiss treatment of wartime refugees -- are significant chapters in the four-year dissection of Switzerland's role as a neutral country in World War II.The report on how Swiss banks handled deposits by Jews seeking to hide assets from the Nazis, which is to be released tomorrow, has provoked considerable jockeying among the banks, U.S. Jewish groups and the investigating commission, which is headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
Dr. Scott Rifkin says the Baltimore Jewish Times "has a long and distinguished history and deserves to be saved" as its parent company is mired in a contentious bankruptcy. So he did what he's known to do, when he feels the time is right: He jumped in. Rifkin, 52, an Owings Mills physician and health care entrepreneur who is the managing partner for Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC, has taken the lead in a group of investors proposing to become majority owners of the Times' publisher, Alter Communications Inc. — a plan to which a key creditor has objected.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
A Baltimore prosecutor has dismissed a felony assault charge against a member of a Jewish neighborhood watch group who was accused of striking a black teenager in November. After appearing at a preliminary hearing Thursday morning in District Court, Eliyahu Eliezer Werdesheim, 23, still faces misdemeanor charges. But the state's attorney's office did not pursue the most serious charge against the community college student, who is also a former Israeli special-forces soldier. Werdesheim no longer participates in Shomrim, whose Orthodox Jewish members patrol Northwest Baltimore, said his attorney, Andrew I. Alperstein.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2010
With matching jackets and radios and a hotline staffed around the clock, members of an Orthodox Jewish citizen patrol group in Northwest Baltimore view themselves as a necessary complement to city police to keep their neighborhood safe. But one member may have recently taken the role too far. On Tuesday, a participant in the Shomrim patrol organization was arrested after allegedly striking a 15-year-old boy and telling him, "You don't belong around here. " Police arrested 23-year-old Eliyahu Eliezer Werdesheim, a former Israeli special forces soldier, and charged him with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment in a Nov. 19 incident in the 3300 block of Fallstaff Road.
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By Erica L. Green and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2010
Black community and civil rights leaders are calling for a Jewish neighborhood patrol group to be disbanded pending an investigation after one of the patrol's members was charged this week with assaulting a black teenager walking through a Northwest Baltimore neighborhood. Fearing racial unrest, Jewish and black leaders are planning to meet next week so members of their communities can discuss long-standing concerns. Both groups have lived in the neighborhood for decades, but they respectively claim the north and south quadrants of the Northern Parkway corridor.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | November 30, 2009
At 10 p.m. on a Monday in Northwest Baltimore, more than 20 Orthodox Jewish men are packed into a two-room apartment with a couch and maps of the nearby synagogues, eating kosher chili and discussing how to respond to the next neighborhood emergency. Those gathered here are members of Shomrim, Hebrew for "watchers," and they make up a round-the-clock citizens patrol, complete with matching jackets, radios and a hot-line number that area residents know as well as 911. Members have intervened in suicide attempts, divided the neighborhood into quadrants and fanned out to look for missing people, thwarted bicycle thefts and saturated areas hit by burglaries to report suspicious people to police.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | August 22, 2007
In a Reisterstown field, a circular garden connects nature with the months of the Jewish calendar and ties agriculture to Jewish heritage. The Gan Luach Zman, or calendar garden, is one example of how a Jewish retreat center in Baltimore County is marrying sustainable farming principles with the traditional practices described in Jewish texts to teach children and adults about Jewish culture and the environment. The Kayam farm at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown strives to reunite Jews with their agrarian roots while drawing connections between people and the planet, social justice and stewardship.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 16, 1993
In stunning and unprecedented appeals, rabbis and other leaders of American Judaism called yesterday for U.S. government aid and private financial support for Palestinians to build self-rule on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.The calls, issued in hastily rewritten Rosh Hashanah sermons marking the Jewish New Year and in statements by leading Jewish groups, came just two days after Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed a momentous accord on the White House lawn Monday, ushering in what many see as breathtaking changes.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | May 20, 1994
Members of Howard County's Jewish community will lace up their walking shoes Sunday in an event intended to help build unity among the county's estimated 8,500 Jews.The Jewish Federation of Howard County is sponsoring a one-mile walk called "Walk for Jewish Unity," starting at 4 p.m. at the Dorsey Hall Medical Center, 9501 Old Annapolis Road.The walk will continue on Old Annapolis Road to Columbia Road, head left on Woodland Road, and end at the Corporate Pavilion in the eastern portion of Centennial Park.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,Sun foreign reporter | June 27, 2007
JERUSALEM -- It's hard to imagine anyone culling humor from recent events in the Middle East: Hamas gunmen took over the Gaza Strip during a week of bloody fighting against their Fatah rivals; Palestinian militants fired rockets into southern Israel; Israeli aircraft pounded targets in the Gaza Strip; and in Tel Aviv, thousands of peace activists protested the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. But that hasn't kept a group of comedians - three Jews and one Arab - from taking to the stage and trying to get Israelis and Palestinians to poke fun at themselves and their intractable conflict.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2004
A national Jewish organization has created a $1 million loan fund meant to shore up some of Baltimore's low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. With Mayor Martin O'Malley on hand, officials with the Philadelphia-based Shefa Fund will announce the Baltimore Tzedec Initiative today outside a Reservoir Hill house being renovated with help from the fund. Reservoir Hill is a historically Jewish community, but Jeffrey Dekro, president and founder of Shefa, said that is just "a blessed coincidence."
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