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Eric S. Levine, who was hired by Adas Israel Congregation, admitted taking at least $390K
BY Suzanne Pollak
February 14, 2014

The just departed executive director of Adas Israel Congregation has admitted to intentionally stealing at least $390,000, deceptive record keeping and illegal transferring of funds from a California synagogue during the time he was executive director there. Eric S. Levine, who was asked to resign on Tuesday from the D.C. synagogue after being executive director CONTINUE »

Adas Israel investigates following disclosure from new hire from California
BY Suzanne Pollak
February 12, 2014

After little more than a month of work, the new executive director for Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., was let go after admitting to stealing close to half a million dollars from a synagogue in California when he was its executive director. Eric S. Levine “will no longer be serving as executive director for CONTINUE »

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BY Ilene Spector
February 12, 2014

My late mother told me to wait for post-holiday sales for great buys on anything. This adage still rings true. Even a non-Jewish holiday such as Valentine’s Day can provide residual benefits and bargains for Jewish cooks. On Feb. 15 — and the week after — you can find many kosher chocolates marked to 75 CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
February 12, 2014

For someone who’s spent the past three years in sunny southern Florida, this winter has been quite the eye-opener. But ask those who’ve lived in Baltimore most of their lives, even this season’s ice and snow — which, according to the State Highway Administration, has already caused Maryland to expend more than $80 million, far CONTINUE »

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BY Robert Gluck, JNS.org
February 12, 2014

On Feb. 14 each year, many Americans attend screenings of “Casablanca,” rent the movie or view it in another way for Valentine’s Day. As time goes by, the Jewish influences on the Oscar-winning 1940s romantic film become more apparent. Jews involved in the production of “Casablanca” include Murray Burnett, the author of the play on CONTINUE »