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Initial reluctance gone, AIPAC makes big push on Syria response
BY Ron Kampeas
September 12, 2013

Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people. Some suggested that once again the tail was wagging the dog and Israel was leading the United CONTINUE »

Yom Kippur 5774
BY Rabbi Craig Axler
September 11, 2013

We have seen many examples this year of confession, vows and promises made in public.  Sports figures, politicians, entertainers. Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Paula Deen and Ryan Braun — just a few among the many who come to mind for their acknowledgments of wrongdoing this past year. The majority fall short from the perspective of CONTINUE »

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After decades at AMF Pikesville Lanes, youth bowling league disbanded
BY Hanni R. Werner
September 11, 2013

For eight years, Irina Goldsmith has been taking her children, Jaxson, 12, and Payton, 10, to the youth duckpin bowling league at AMF Pikesville Lanes. This year, she said, league members will be traveling to the Westview lanes or dropping out entirely. No one is more surprised about this change than the league members themselves. CONTINUE »

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Local aquaponics farm is feeding Pikesville, Owings Mills
BY Marc Shapiro
September 11, 2013

When Ellen Perlman heard about aquaponics through a chance meeting, it perked up the environmentalist in her. “I am very interested in saving the planet and sustainability,” she said. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d be farming fish.” After taking a course in Florida taught by James Rakocy, the father of modern aquaponics, Perlman CONTINUE »

Mayim Bialik is co-chair of CORE18, a new cutting-edge fellowship for Jewish leaders ages 19 to 25.
New Jerusalem U initiative to fund young-adult innovation, co-chaired by Mayim Bialik
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 10, 2013

They are calling it “cutting-edge.” They are looking for innovation. They are hoping to find young people who have talent, passion and a desire to make a difference in the Jewish world. They – the leaders of Jerusalem U (formerly Jerusalem Online) – are the founders of a new social entrepreneurial boot camp for select CONTINUE »