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Area kosher restaurants offer alternative dining options
BY Allie Freedman
July 31, 2014

From chicken soup to cholent, Jews love their meat. With a vast array of kosher meat restaurants in the Baltimore area, Jewish meat eaters are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out. Yet, from July 28 until Aug. 4, observant Jews are forbidden to eat meat during the nine days between Rosh Chodesh CONTINUE »

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Zach Braff finds spirituality through humor in his latest film
BY Melissa Gerr and Ian Zelaya
July 17, 2014

Zach Braff, a decade after his hit film “Garden State,” has offered up his next humor-infused self-searching roller-coaster ride, another personal expression written with his brother, Adam. “Wish I Was Here” — an anomaly as a Hollywood feature because it began as a crowd-funded project through the website Kickstarter — is about a 30-something Jewish CONTINUE »

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New Jerusalem eatery’s uniform pricing seeks to ‘help people make it’
BY Deborah Fineblum/JNS.org
July 2, 2014

Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in CONTINUE »

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Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club owner talks strategy
BY Jim Williams
July 2, 2014

Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was CONTINUE »

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David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA dream job
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
July 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the CONTINUE »