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Baltimore Jewish Film Festival opens at Gordon Center
BY Heather Norris
March 13, 2014

The William and Irene Weinberg Family’s Baltimore Jewish Film Festival kicks off March 20, marking the event’s 26th year. The festival will showcase works from national and international filmmakers depicting Jewish themes. The festival, which runs through April 10, will feature works that range in length from just 10 minutes to more than two hours, CONTINUE »

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Straw poll winner Rand Paul’s libertarian positions open him up to Jewish critique
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
March 13, 2014

In striking a more libertarian tone than in previous years, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference might be taking the constituency represented by American Conservative Union down a path that is alienating to some in the Jewish community. According to some observers, the conference’s apparent toning down this year of foreign policy concerns certainly played CONTINUE »

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Nothing says Purim like hamantaschen
BY Eileen Goltz
March 13, 2014

Prepare to get your celebration mode in gear, it’s time for Purim! Head to your nearest synagogue, crank up your groggers, and get ready to drown out the name of Haman while cheering on Esther and Mordechai. As a prerequisite to any and all Purim celebrations (and seudahs), it’s time to dig out your favorite CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
March 13, 2014

You don’t need to be a political scientist to recognize that what passes for social discourse nowadays is anything but social. The severity of the invective and the frequency with which it appears can be observed in the corridors of power, can be read in the newspapers — particularly among the letters to the editor CONTINUE »

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Largest-ever ordination class at Yeshiva University includes nine with local connections
BY Melissa Gerr
March 13, 2014

On March 23 Yeshiva University in New York City will ordain its largest-ever rabbinic class, conferring on 205 graduates — nine of them with ties to Maryland — from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary the title of rabbi. According to the university’s communications department, between 75 and 80 percent of its rabbinical program graduates CONTINUE »