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Kindergarteners learn American Sign Language for holiday
BY Story and photo by Melissa Gerr
April 3, 2014

Judy Harrow, assistant teacher at the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, shares her knowledge of American Sign Language with students year round. To commemorate the end of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Harrow and teacher Barbara Stadd invited Leah Caplan, a hard-of-hearing member of the Jewish community, into the classroom to teach signs specific CONTINUE »

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Baltimore resident makes Seder text more personal, the Bronfman Haggadah goes digital
BY Marc Shapiro
April 3, 2014

Stan Lebovic needed to reconnect to the story of Passover. Reading the Haggadah felt like going through motions, and something wasn’t clicking for him. “You go through every part and it’s like, ‘What am I missing?’” the Baltimore resident asked. “Most of what I’m saying, the Haggadah, is falling on deaf ears. I myself don’t CONTINUE »

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Jewish community welcomes Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch
BY Simone Ellin
April 3, 2014

High school and middle school students from the Bais Yaakov School for Girls gathered in the auditorium at the school’s Mount Washington location to hear famed refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch share his story of fighting Russian oppression from behind the Iron Curtain. Mendelevitch, whose “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival” was CONTINUE »

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‘Noah’ channels God’s wrath, humankind’s fallibility
BY Michael Fox
April 3, 2014

An earnest amalgam of free-association Bible story, dire disaster movie and family melodrama, “Noah” is a more thoughtful and provocative film than one has any right to expect. Sure, it’s ludicrous and ponderous at times and embellished with gratuitous special effects, but it also succeeds in prodding the viewer to reflect on his or her CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
April 3, 2014

Memory is a particularly powerful faculty. It helps us learn, it can provide a guide by which to judge future actions and, along with emotions, serves as the foundation upon which human experience is built. Memory is frequently passive, but in a Jewish context it is seen more in terms of a positive act. That’s CONTINUE »