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Summertime means local culinary taste of Maryland
BY Ilene Spector
July 11, 2013

The Maryland foodie’s hallmarks of summer used to be a proliferation of snowball stands, then tomato stands, then stands for silver queen corn. In the past few years, the demand for healthy, organic and local food has popularized a new culinary staple of summer in our state: the farmers’ market. It starts right now and CONTINUE »

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As Tisha B’Av commences, a look at the Kotel and whether, with present battles, it can still stand as the foremost icon of Jewish unity
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer CONTINUE »

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Ron Dermer bringing loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness to new post
BY Ron Kampeas
July 11, 2013

I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the CONTINUE »

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New nonprofit will empower Americans with disabilities
BY Simone Ellin
July 11, 2013

The statistics are staggering. A whopping 57 million Americans have disabilities, and 70 percent of those of working age are unemployed. RespectAbilityUSA, a new national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg, promises to change that state of affairs. “These grim statistics haven’t changed in decades. As a result, Americans with CONTINUE »

July 11, 2013

In response to concerns over the growing number of intermarried households and to a decrease in the affiliation of these families with the organized Jewish community, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Jewish Community Center have jointly launch an Interfaith Task force, co-chaired by Joel Fink, Kevin Keane and Chantelle Terrillion. The CONTINUE »