Melania Trump’s 93 Percent

Let’s say it up front: Plagiarism is wrong. It’s wrong when journalists do it. It’s wrong when high school students do it. And it was wrong when Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention last week plagiarized the words of First Lady Michelle Obama in her opening night speech before a television audience of 23… Read More

Celebrating Israeli Independence

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Organizations around the region celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, in a variety of ways. At Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 250 adults and children celebrated by participating in Israeli dancing (top right), engaging in various arts and crafts (center left) and learning about “Aladdin,” the resident camel for the day. In Howard County (center right), Rabbi… Read More

The Associated: Always There When You Need Us

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Throughout this past year, as campaign chairs, we saw firsthand how Associated funds are used to benefit our community. But nothing was as powerful as the words and thank you’s from individuals whose lives we changed. For almost 100 years, The Associated has been part of the fabric of our community, assisting Jewish Baltimore through… Read More

Kids’ Soccer Leagues Aim to Bridge Israel’s Religious Divide

Members of the Tzav Pius team for 13-year-olds sing the team anthem following a practice.
(Ben Sales)

PARDES HANNA, Israel — When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn’t join most of Israel’s youth soccer teams, which played games on Saturday. Yoel, now 12, has always lived in the increasingly large gray area between Israel’s starkly divided religious and secular Jewish societies…. Read More

Brazil’s Jews Scale Back on Kids’ Birthday Extravaganzas

Eduard and Mariana Zagury held a third birthday party for their twins, Gabriel and Daniela, at a fancy “party house” in Rio, but they chose the venue for its innovative educational approach.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Mini roller-coasters, Ferris wheels, monorails and zip lines are just some of the over-the-top attractions featured at birthday parties for Rio’s privileged under-10 set — including the overwhelming majority of Jewish kids. At “casas de festa” (party houses), parents often pay several thousand dollars for lavish themed decorations and amusement-park style… Read More

Beyer Bill Opposes Religious Litmus Tests for Immigrants

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced a bill last week that would ban the use of religious litmus tests as a means of denying admission to immigrants, refugees and international visitors coming to the United States. Beyer said he acted in response to “political rhetoric vilifying select religious groups and increasingly hostile rhetoric toward religious freedom… Read More

|Snapshots|

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Sinai Nursing School students gather around a piano, circa 1940. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon- a-time-2/.

Out & About

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TANGO FOR TWO: Yonatan Grinberg on violin with his wife, Andrea Grinberg, on cello (pictured) performed during the Chamber Encounters series at the Gordon Center for its second seasonal concert “It Takes Two To Tango.” Local musician Sarah Lowenstein joined them, as did South African cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan, in a series of string duos. The… Read More

Out & About

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FAB 50! Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Md., commemorated its 50th birthday March 5, complete with a celebratory hora dance. From its inception in 1966, when congregants met temporarily in a bank building, the Reconstructionist congregation has grown to serve a diverse community from Prince George’­s, Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

Non-Jewish Activists Link Arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘Symbols War’

The unveiling of a bust of anti-Semitic Holocaust-era lawmaker Gyorgy Donath in Budapest drew the ire of mostly non-Jewish protesters.
(Adam Csillag)

Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably didn’t expect was that the Feb. 24 unveiling of a bust honoring Gyorgy Donath would attract a protest of mostly non-Jewish Hungarians. The protest would lead to the… Read More