Weapons of War

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The citizens of Ferguson, Mo., in suburban St. Louis, are not Taliban fighters or al-Qaeda hijackers. Nor are they narco-criminals. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at photos of the police force that faced them after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9. In those… Read More

Is the GOP the pro-Israel party?

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A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans more sympathetic than Democrats to Israel has Republican Jewish activists crowing and their Democratic counterparts questioning whether the poll gives an accurate picture of support for Israel. “For years, public opinion polls have documented the large gap in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans… Read More

Right Man for the Job

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After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the… Read More

Adding It Up

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With the advancement of Common Core and the debate over education reform heating up, math disabilities are getting more attention at some local schools than ever before. “We started with a traditional [math education] program, and we scrapped it within three months,” says Jamie Caplan, founder of the Legacy School, a Sykesville-based school focused on… Read More

Looking to the Past for Our Future

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You need only look at the prime-time television commercials to realize that genealogy is a big business — a $1.6 billion one, in fact, according to a 2012 report on “Good Morning America.” With Ancestry.com’s sepia-toned spots pulling at heartstrings across the country, it seems that more and more people are seeking out their links… Read More

‘An Effort of Love’

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Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained… Read More

And Now, Monty Python!

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By now it’s a well-worn clichè. When you ask Baltimoreans where they went to school, they assume you are asking about high school, not college. When he was a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School, Evan Margolis, a 2008 graduate, had such admiration for the school’s theater department that six years ago, while… Read More

Fond Farewell to Frankle

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It only takes five minutes with Rick Frankle to know that he is a mensch. And Frankle has spent the better part of three decades at Camp Airy, teaching boys and younger men to become menschen too. Frankle, 57, who has served as the camp’s director since 2002, will retire at the end of this… Read More

Missing Peace

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Tense negotiations, strong personalities and psychological drama are reimagined in the new play “Fourteen Days in July,” written by Lewis Schrager, based on Ambassador Dennis Ross’ memoir “The Missing Peace,” the account of his participation in the Clinton administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from 1992 to 2000. The premiere is Aug. 15 and runs for two… Read More

Living with the Land

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At Bet Yeladim’s new Jewish teaching garden — Gan Ellen in Columbia — preschool students learn Jewish values in a hands-on environment. “The best way to teach children is to get their hands dirty,” said Bet Yeladim’s executive director, Jodi Fishman. “By having an educational garden in our school, we are able to provide Jewish… Read More