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Polish Jewish community is evolving, growing and embracing its roots
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 12, 2013

In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, instantly murdering about 20,000 Jews and bombing approximately 50,000 Jewish-owned factories, workshops and stores in more than 120 local communities. Several hundred synagogues were also destroyed. Within a month, all Polish Jews were either confined to ghettos or in hiding. Then the Nazis began liquidating the ghettos. Within 18 CONTINUE »

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Local school psychologist urges professionals not to miss red flags for suicide risk
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

It’s a day he may never forget. And while it is painful to remember as well as to talk about, Dr. Jonathan Lasson, 42, a certified school psychologist for the Maryland State Department of Education, believes it’s a day that warrants memory, and a memory that must be shared. Oct. 4, 2012 began like any other CONTINUE »

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Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion meets at Pearlstone
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyahs, sitting shiva and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. But for Liz Weintraub and her husband, Philip, full inclusion in life events such as these wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. That is, until they became members of CONTINUE »

With security plan pitched, U.S. optimism on peace talks not shared by Israelis and Palestinians
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
December 12, 2013

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry was CONTINUE »

Messianic Jews, also known as Hebrew Christians, hand out latkes and sufganiyot at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Hebrew Christian groups giving out latkes and sufganiyot to lure Jewish students to their faith
BY Marc Shapiro
December 12, 2013

University of Maryland, College Park students received unexpected Chanukah presents this year in the form of free latkes and sufganyot outside of the student union. But these treats came with a side order of Jesus. The table, erected last week, was being run by Chosen People Ministries, a group of messianic Jews and gentiles that CONTINUE »