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As partisans haggle over the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, the American Jewish community is applauding an effort many Jews have long fought for. Rabbi Michael Ramberg has been working with Philadelphia’s immigrant community since he was a rabbinical student. “I’m glad he’s doing something,” Ramberg, who serves as immigration working… Read More

‘Coming of Age’

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The Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis played host to 150 members of the county’s Jewish community who came together Nov. 16 at Howard Community College to participate in the Global Day of Jewish Learning. Attendees were treated to presentations by 14 area rabbis who expanded on the theme,… Read More

No Place Like JTown

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the mercury dropping to below freezing on some nights, the season for outdoor playdates is dwindling. But starting Dec. 1, parents with infants and young children can breathe a sigh of relief. According to officials at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, JTown, a new child-sized play space on… Read More

Through the Eyes of Dinah

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“The Red Tent,” the best-selling 1997 novel by Anita Diamant, is coming to the Lifetime cable television network next month as a two-part miniseries. Diamant’s novel, adapted for film by Elizabeth Chandler (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) and Anne Meredith (“Secrets of Eden”), gives a fictionalized account of the life of Dinah, the only… Read More

The Need to Inspire

Yuli Edelstein, the refusenik whose wife, Tatiana, once staged a hunger strike during his incarceration in a Siberian gulag, spent months during his initial interrogation in 1984 praying in his cell while donning tefillin without the halachically mandated black leather straps. That was the only way his wife could get the ritual items past the… Read More

Black Friday Watch
Local business navigates Black Friday

Somewhere between turkey and stuffing and pie and ice cream, many retailers hope you and your family find the time to shop for some televisions, tablets or toys. The ever-growing Black Friday phenomenon of price-slashing sales expanded in 2012 for the first time ever into Thanksgiving Day when Wal-Mart announced that it would be opening… Read More

Deadline Approaching for Diller Teen Awards

Baltimore teens have three weeks left to levy their volunteer work for a $36,000 scholarship from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. The deadline for nominations for the annual Tikkun Olam Awards is Dec. 14. The contest seeks to recognize and reward Jewish teens for exemplary volunteerism and commitment to the cause of perfecting the world…. Read More

Study: Women Give More

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It’s long been known that religiously affiliated individuals give more than their secularly identified counterparts, but a new report from Indiana University’s Women’s Philanthropy Institute challenges the prevailing conventional wisdom that faith is the primary impetus for giving. As it turns out, gender and age also play a role. The “Women Give 2014” report concludes… Read More

Iconic Pushke Gets Upgrade

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The Jewish National Fund announced earlier this year a new version of its charity-collecting pushke — the Blue Box, as it is best known. Over the years, the Blue Box has been an iconic symbol for American Jews of their link to the Jewish state. “More than a century old, our little Blue Box is… Read More

2 Generations, 1 Goal

When I was growing up, the go-to act of generosity in our house was “put some money in the pushke.” No matter the occasion — illness, big test at school, job interview, Shabbat — my mom would always remind us to tie this act of micro-philanthropy to our important moments in life. I never knew… Read More