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Kim Steller (left) and 
Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.
New nonprofit provides birthday-in-a-box
BY Simone Ellin
July 29, 2013

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
July 26, 2013

A Chabad rabbi working in southern Russia was shot and seriously wounded in what police say may have been an anti-Semitic attack. Unknown assailants shot Artur (Ovadia) Isakov, 40, on Wednesday night as he exited his car and headed into his home in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, according to CONTINUE »

Marietta and Nissan Jaffee made aliyah on Monday through Nefesh B'Nefesh.
Part I of a multi-part series by Suzanne Pollak, who will be traveling in Israel and reporting her discoveries and the news.
BY Suzanne Pollak
July 25, 2013

The Dorn family is leaving Kemp Mill to start a new life in Israel. Pushing luggage piled high on carts, Ian and Gali Dorn and their three boys made aliyah July 22. Neither Ian Dorn nor his wife had a job awaiting them in Israel. “I am going on pure faith,” he said, adding he CONTINUE »

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)
Wake-up call or roadblock?
BY David Holzel
July 24, 2013

While new European Union guidelines directed at Israel’s settlement activity caused an uproar in Israel and consternation among many of its supporters, the rules’ real power seems for now to be largely symbolic. But the rules, which would ban EU funding to Israeli institutions in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem beginning Jan. CONTINUE »

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Audrey Polt takes storytelling and makes it beautiful
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 24, 2013

Jews are known as the people of the book. But we are also the people of the story. “Our Bible is the written-down version of hundreds of thousands of stories,” said Noa Baum, an award-winning storyteller, noting the Jewish pairing of Torah Shebichtav (written law) with Torah Shebaal Peh (oral law). “The Talmud is years CONTINUE »