Record Summer of North American Olim Volunteering to Enlist in IDF

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This summer’s second charter Aliyah flight from the USA took off today, Monday, August 12th, bringing some 331 new Olim to Israel – including 125 young men and women who will be joining the IDF. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel,… Read More

My Experience Leading My Peers On A Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

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Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience, and will be one of my fondest memories when I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that… Read More

Arab Idol’s Residency Is More Than Just An Address

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians… Read More

Florida Congresswoman Leads Delegation to Israel

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Congressional delegation to Israel met with several of the country's key figures, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, quarterbacked a Congressional delegation, along with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), to Israel. The delegation met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership, regional stability,… Read More

Best Music Festival

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The Hot August Blues and Roots Festival has come a long way since the first show 21 years ago at Brad Selko’s farm in Monkton. “A friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to have a picnic in your backyard with Charlie Musselwhite?’” Selko said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy?’”… Read More

The Kosher Machine

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Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as… Read More

Take Two

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Sally Bormel was congenial, down-to-earth and genuine. Eating breakfast at Fields one morning in the mid-1990s, Ben Marks quickly learned that one thing Bormel wasn’t was shy. Both 68 at the time, Bormel had observed Marks in Fields before and decided that now was the time to spark a conversation. They hit it off. A… Read More

Super Kids

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Like all good counselors, Danny Gross, 17, is willing to go that extra mile to make his campers smile. So the Owings Mills resident gamely donned a frilly apron, as he helped out with the afternoon’s activity, which was making pudding parfaits. Only his campers weren’t raucous kids. They were residents of Weinberg Woods Independent… Read More

Inquiring Minds

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Who should be first in line for a life-saving kidney transplant? Should the victim of a terrorist attack take precedent over the terrorist when it comes to receiving medical treatment? These were two of the questions discussed at Bioethics: The Catch-22 in Medicine and Healthcare, part of Hadassah’s National Business Meeting & Symposium held at… Read More

Always Thinking of Others

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Often when people refer to someone as a “legend,” it is assumed that the person is larger-than-life, unapproachable or perhaps even arrogant. Rabbi Hirsch Diskind was none of these. Rabbi Diskind, the dean emeritus at Bais Yaakov School for Girls and a cornerstone figure in Jewish Baltimore, was personable, warm, compassionate and straightforward. And it… Read More