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Local drive supports holiday festivities in sister city
BY Heather Norris
March 20, 2014

Thanks to one young Baltimore man, Purim was a little brighter for needy kids in Ashkelon this year. Mazlow Cohen, 20, organized a costume drive earlier this year that sent used and unwanted costumes to Baltimore’s sister city last month. The college student, who splits time between Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore CONTINUE »

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Israeli officer offers insider’s look at successful seizure of Iranian arms
BY Suzanne Pollak
March 20, 2014

An Israel Defense Forces captain serving on the vessel that intercepted an Iranian ship two weeks ago told a rapt audience at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville how the missiles, grenades and ammunition destined for Gaza were captured. “This time, the intelligence was very, very accurate. We knew months before,” said the captain, who CONTINUE »

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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 »