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Local Jewish Organizations Hail 2014 Session as a Success
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in CONTINUE »

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After last year’s sellout, second annual festival moves to larger location
BY Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

With a new location and an almost entirely new lineup of artists, the founders of the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival are ready to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s sold-out show. The second annual festival, on April 26, will move from last year’s location, Union Craft Brewing near Hampden, to CONTINUE »

BY Heather Norris
April 13, 2014

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as an alleged gunman took the lives of three people in two attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement village. According to various news reports, at about 1 CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
April 10, 2014

Every now and then, events and timing conspire to offer opportunities for reflection. Looking back at what transpired on the world stage the past week and a half, it’s hard not to wonder: How, when, why did things get so bad? The collapse of the so-called “peace talks” between the Israelis and the Palestinians was CONTINUE »

Local reactions range from helpful to hopeful for Israeli-Arab peace negotiations
BY Melissa Gerr
April 10, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry has made 11 trips to the Middle East since July to facilitate Israeli-Arab peace talks. Last week, it looked as though his efforts were thwarted, when President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership in international bodies — a move considered off limits by the American-brokered negotiation terms. In response, Israel canceled CONTINUE »