Opening the Tent

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By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews… Read More

An Israeli Olympic equestrian?

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YAGUR, Israel — The crowd was sparse and admission was free. Pop music from 10 years ago blared from loudspeakers. A few families sat on bleachers near the athletes, who hopped over a low fence when it was time to compete. The Israeli Equestrian Championships wasn’t the most obvious place to look for an accomplished… Read More

‘For Whom It Stands’

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is adding to the state’s 200th Star Spangled Banner celebration with a new exhibit, “For Whom It Stands,” which examines the meaning of the American flag in a manner that is “inclusive, culturally diverse and interactive,” according to the museum’s executive director, Dr…. Read More

Stevenson University President Reports from Israel

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A major reality check came for Kevin Manning when a young mother who lives on a moshav near the Gaza Strip spoke about what everyday life is like with rockets flying overhead and a constant sense of fear for her family. “When she goes to Jerusalem and tells them they don’t have to be afraid,… Read More

For us, the ‘core’ is tradition

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What would the world be like without standards? Never mind the fact that standards imply so much more than legal dictates and cultural norms, and that because “the way we do things” also encompasses familial customs and passed-down wisdom spanning ages, such a theoretical world would be practically impossible. If we were to philosophize, like… Read More

Jewish Agency Helps Ukranian Olim with Flights to Israel Amid Airport Battles

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol,… Read More

Jewish Trainer’s Horse Wins Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out before his bar mitzvah after a case of… Read More

‘A Testament To Freedom’

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Glenn Marcus grew up in the flickering light of the old-style movie house, not today’s corporate multiplex cinemas. The smell of mustiness and popcorn still takes him back to the Hollywood Theatre in Arbutus, which his grandfather owned and ran as a mom-and-pop business: his aunt sold concessions, his dad helped out with the books… Read More

In a word, powerful

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As anyone who has ever lost a loved one can attest, dealing with the void created with the departure of a parent, grandparent or, God forbid, a child is never easy. The journey itself has ups and downs, moments of intense pain peppered with fond recollections of a shared smile, an inside joke or a… Read More

‘Discovery and Recovery’

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A much-debated artifacts collection from the historical Jewish community in Baghdad that was slated to return to Iraq will remain in the United States for an additional two years, following last week’s announcement of an agreement between Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department. The agreement extends the exhibit of a selection of the artifacts,… Read More