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New Ashkelon head talks about his goals for the city
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Meet Itamar Shimoni. The new mayor of Ashkelon, 45, is the father of three children between the ages of 21/2 and 7. In late October, Shimoni beat out four-time incumbent Benny Vaknin. So what? “The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership has become one of the crown jewels among the long list of programs within The Associated and its CONTINUE »

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From tragedy, something beautiful
BY Simone Ellin
December 19, 2013

Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for CONTINUE »

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A talk with journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Yossi Klein Halevi is an American immigrant to Israel and the author of a new and powerful book, “Like Dreamers,” in which he adds an important dimension to the story of Israel from the euphoria of the 1967 Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the subsequent 40 years. Halevi’s work as a journalist and CONTINUE »

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With signup deadlines approaching, Gov. O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown are working to boost enrollment and fix Maryland’s health-care website
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

State officials say fixing Maryland’s flawed heath-care website and increasing enrollment is their No. 1 priority. “I am frustrated and disappointed with how the launch of the website has gone,” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at a recent news conference. He and Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a variety of steps Monday to boost enrollment and CONTINUE »

Joshua Runyan (David Stuck)
BY Heather Norris
December 19, 2013

The Jewish Times welcomed a new editor this week. Joshua Runyan, a rabbi and former flight instructor, will add “JT editor-in-chief” to his already-extensive resume. Runyan’s journalism career began at 16, when he landed a job as an assistant news producer at USA Radio News. Since then, he has worked as an intern at The CONTINUE »