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As Tisha B’Av commences, a look at the Kotel and whether, with present battles, it can still stand as the foremost icon of Jewish unity
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer CONTINUE »

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Ron Dermer bringing loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness to new post
BY Ron Kampeas
July 11, 2013

I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the CONTINUE »

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New nonprofit will empower Americans with disabilities
BY Simone Ellin
July 11, 2013

The statistics are staggering. A whopping 57 million Americans have disabilities, and 70 percent of those of working age are unemployed. RespectAbilityUSA, a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg, promises to change that state of affairs. “These grim statistics haven’t changed in decades. As a result, Americans with CONTINUE »

July 11, 2013

In response to concerns over the growing number of intermarried households and to a decrease in the affiliation of these families with the organized Jewish community, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Jewish Community Center have jointly launch an Interfaith Task force, co-chaired by Joel Fink, Kevin Keane and Chantelle Terrillion. The CONTINUE »

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“If you want to be joyful, you create the joy.” — Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
BY Phil Jacobs
July 9, 2013

Betty Cherniak is happy. She defines her happiness as “the intersection of serenity and peacefulness.” And she has a chevra that feels the same way. Each Tuesday evening a group of about 10 to 12 Happiness Club members meet at the Enoch Pratt Library on Reisterstown Road across from Tov Pizza and Kosher Bite. Cherniak CONTINUE »