Cancer Survival Through Prevention Hadassah uses Check It Out Challenge to spread the word

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On Sunday, July 19, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, the women’s Zionist organization, will host its 2015 Check It Out Challenge, featuring an 8K run, a 5K run/walk and a one-mile family obstacle course starting at Goucher College in Towson. “[Check It Out] was started [about] 20 years ago by our national organization as a way… Read More

Iran Talks Extended Again Day-to-day negotiations punctuate the deal’s high stakes

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Nuclear talks with Iran were extended yet again as negotiators continued to work toward a final deal. It was announced Tuesday that the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran had been extended through July 10 to allow negotiators representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, China, France, Russia… Read More

Jewish Camp, Jewish Life The lasting effect of Jewish summer camp

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Girls of camp getting together in front of the Shoresh sign, painted on barn doors
June 24, 2015
Photo David Stuck

Jewish summer camps across Maryland opened their doors last week and the rising enrollment rates are likely to mean a more engaged and involved Jewry for the years to come. “Jewish day camp attendance is clearly a conduit for teen Jewish experiences, and there’s no question that teen Jewish experiences affect adult Jewish engagements,” said… Read More

Confederate Battle Flag Comes Under Fire Efforts underway in Maryland, Washington and Virginia to remove it from public displays

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More than two weeks after nine people were gunned down at Charleston, S.C.’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in what appeared to be a racially motivated attack, states and municipalities across the country are grappling with what to do about symbols rooted in the darkest days of the nation’s history. In addition to the… Read More

Law of the Land Jewish groups react to SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling announced last Friday morning, approved same-sex marriage for residents in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Kennedy wrote in an opinion joined by… Read More

The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry With most descendants of original settlers gone, Jewish community finds new life in new places

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An unassuming, one-room brick building lies on Third Street in Pocomoke City, adjacent to a home, a cemetery and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. A weathered blue-and-white wooden Jewish star hangs over the entranceway. It’s easy to pass by without knowing that it served four generations of Maryland’s Eastern Shore Jews before closing in the late… Read More

Spirituality in Art ‘Underground’ artist finds inspiration in Jewish mysticism

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LONDON — The underside of one of London’s busiest train stations is an unlikely place to find a room full of Kabbalistic imagery. Yet, located under Waterloo station, south of the River Thames, is Gallery 223, now showing the works of artist Simone Krok, whose main inspiration comes from the Kabbalah. Taking center stage in… Read More

Uncertain Future BDS ties to trade package riles pro-Israel community

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Despite unprecedented Democratic backing, including the overwhelming support of the Senate Finance Committee that approved it more than a month ago, Congress’ only legislative volley in the war against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill. In advance of a likely vote Wednesday on the so-called Trade Promotion… Read More