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Palestinian celebrity’s move from Gaza becomes a political football
BY Diana Atallah/The Media Line
August 11, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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.
August 9, 2013

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, CONTINUE »

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Baltimore gears up for Hot August Blues and Roots Festival
BY Marc Shapiro
August 8, 2013

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?’” CONTINUE »

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The JT examines the kashrut industry, the details and the disputes that make eating kosher complicated and sometimes costly
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 7, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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For Ben Marks, his later-in-life romance with Sally Bormel was a true treasure
BY David Snyder
August 7, 2013

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 CONTINUE »