Let ’Em In Jewish agencies roll out welcome mat for Syrian refugees

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Last Friday, Corine Dehabey, resettlement officer with Us Together, welcomed the 11th Syrian refugee family to arrive in Toledo, Ohio, through her HIAS-affiliated agency this year. When Us Together receives a call, Dehabey springs into action. In as little as 24 to 48 hours, Dehabey has to find refugees a place to live, furniture and… Read More

Organizations Seek Action After Protest Goucher president under fire after event shut down

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More than 30 different organizations signed and delivered a letter to Goucher College President José Bowen urging him to take further action following student protestors disrupting a presentation by Israeli television personality Assi Azar. Azar was invited to Goucher Hillel on Nov. 5 to screen his movie, “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,”… Read More

Pikesville’s ‘Jewel’ North Oaks celebrates milestone with its 25th anniversary

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Everyone at North Oaks — from the staff to the leadership to the residents — will say that the Pikesville retirement community is like a family. Put five of the residents together, and it’s immediately evident. “I think the thing is, we’re all getting older together so we all have the same complaints,” Freida Mazer… Read More

Reimagining Milldale Declining enrollment, change in camper needs, desires spur decision

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Access to Camp Milldale, the outdoor adventure land that has been an epicenter for vivid memories for Jewish children in Baltimore for decades, will now be available to all those attending JCC camps next summer, through the newly configured J Day Camp experience. The decision by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore to expand… Read More

The Power of Solidarity Amid terror, French Jews show resolve

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French Jews remain guarded but resilient following the attacks in Paris last weekend that left 132 dead and hundreds injured. Led by the chief rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, some 200 French Jews and Israel’s ambassador to France gathered at the Synagogue de la Victoire on Sunday evening to pray for the victims and those… Read More

I Jew! Interfaith marriage is on the rise, but so are alternative ways for Jews to meet Jews

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The image of dating in the Jewish world has come a long way from the days of fix-ups and the parental expectation that children marry within the faith. Today, there are virtually endless options for finding your beshert, but many are concerned about the trend toward interfaith marriage and are creating opportunities to counter this… Read More

‘Rough Night for Everyone’ Israeli filmmaker’s presentation draws protest at Goucher Hillel screening

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Student protestors from the LGBT campus group TALQ Big disrupted a film screening at the Goucher College Hillel last week, claiming the event was ignoring larger issues about Israel. Israeli television personality and LGBT rights advocate Assi Azar was invited to Hillel to screen his movie “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You,” which… Read More

A Plea for Unity Netanyahu, Herzog headline JFNA’s General Assembly

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A hoarse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of Jewish community representatives at the Washington Hilton Tuesday that disagreements over issues as divisive as the recent nuclear deal with Iran should not undermine either communal unity or the Israeli-American alliance. “Maintaining the unity of our people is of paramount importance,” Netanyahu said at the… Read More