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BY David Snyder
July 7, 2013

For the second time in just seven months, the Orioles have tapped into Major League Baseball’s Jewish market. On Tuesday, July 2, the Orioles bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring pitcher Scott Feldman — one of 11 Jewish players currently on a major league roster — in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore parted CONTINUE »

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Some dog lovers celebrate their pets’ 13th birthdays by holding “bark mitzvahs®” — bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies for their animals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some CONTINUE »

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Committed workout routine keeps 105-year-old young at heart
BY David Snyder
June 27, 2013

Last Friday morning the Edward A. Myerberg Center was all about Mary Shofer. A day before Shofer’s 105th birthday, the fitness center regulars packed the workout area for a surprise birthday party. There were also family and friends and a variety of desserts and drinks. Countless photos were snapped. A reporter from a local news CONTINUE »

Danny Valencia says that even though he doesn’t have a starting role with the 
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Jewish Oriole Valencia embraces bench role, religious uniqueness
BY David Snyder
June 20, 2013

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your CONTINUE »

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Beth El offers Jewish education through new satellite schools
BY Ron Snyder
June 13, 2013

Beth El Congregation Rabbi Faith Cantor said that in an ideal Jewish community, everyone would attend synagogue regularly, and all parents would send their children to Hebrew school. But, in today’s transient, fast-paced society, Rabbi Cantor admits that is not always plausible. In many cases, and for many reasons, getting children to Hebrew school can CONTINUE »