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Jewish Film Series Turns 25

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will be calling “Action!” on another season of four engaging and thought-provoking films starting Saturday, Jan. 14. 2017 marks the 25th Columbia Jewish Congregation’s Film Series. Each film, handpicked by the CJC’s dedicated selection committee, deals explicitly with the Jewish experience. The screenings take place once a month, with the final… Read More

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You Should Know… Rabbi Dena Shaffer

Rabbi Dena Shaffer might tell you she was the poster child for the Reform movement. The 33-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., grew up in the movement, attending Jewish summer camp and participating in the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) through her synagogue. Becoming a rabbi was in the cards for Shaffer from a… Read More

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Maccabeats, Naturally 7 Come Together for MLK Performance

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and for the third year running the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts is putting on a celebration. This year, the much-loved Maccabeats, a Jewish a cappella group, will be performing with another well-known a cappella group, Naturally 7, for the first time. Last year, the two groups… Read More

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The Jewish Future

A few weeks back, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly made headlines for officially disaffiliating retired Philadelphia-area Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom for presiding over an interfaith marriage and indicating that, should the opportunity arise, he had every intention to do so in the future. The affair reignited the long-simmering debate in the Jewish community as to how… Read More

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From Westminster to LA: a ‘Flock’ on the Move

It didn’t take long for Brian Levin to get his creative juices flowing through his passion for writing and producing and his penchant for entertaining audiences. When Levin, now 36, was a kid, he would put on comedy sketches with his cousins and friends in his Westminster, Md., neighborhood. For his family and friends, those… Read More

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‘The Real McCoy’ Speaker talks race relations in Jewish community

With a diverse Jewish community, racial problems are Jewish problems. That was the message of Yavilah McCoy, a Jewish woman of color and activist, to about 350 people Jan. 4 at Beth Tfiloh. McCoy was the speaker for the annual Stanley Z. Penn Lecture started by Helene Penn Dorf in honor of her late husband…. Read More

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Orthodox Rabbis Join Opposition to Assisted Death

The debate over death with dignity, also known as assisted suicide, will be reignited in Maryland this year, as state legislators plan to reintroduce the End-of-Life Option Act. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicide, a group representing more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis came out against the practice, calling it “murder.” In a recent statement,… Read More

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Fighting BDS on America’s Campuses

In her time at the University of California, Davis, Julia Reifkind saw the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel take hold in its student government and on its campus, where swastikas were drawn on the Jewish fraternity house, Alpha Epsilon Pi. As a member of the student government and president of Aggies for Israel,… Read More

POLL OF THE WEEK

Do you think Monday’s bomb threats, which were called in to various JCCs around the country, including Baltimore’s Park Heights facility, are a sign of rising anti-Semitism?