Israel, Palestinians agree to new cease-fire

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt announced a new open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups shortly after an Israeli struck by a Gaza mortar died of his wounds. The official Egyptian News Agency announced Tuesday evening that the cease-fire would begin at 7 p.m. In the hour leading up to the announced cease-fire, dozens of mortars… Read More

Recipe for a Heated Competition

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Now in its fourth summer  of fierce competition, the annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity, and two individuals involved since the tournament’s inception played a big part in creating that success. By day, tournament founder  Erik Folkart is an award-winning marketing associate for Sysco, but his spring and summer evenings are… Read More

Missing Peace

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Tense negotiations, strong personalities and psychological drama are reimagined in the new play “Fourteen Days in July,” written by Lewis Schrager, based on Ambassador Dennis Ross’ memoir “The Missing Peace,” the account of his participation in the Clinton administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from 1992 to 2000. The premiere is Aug. 15 and runs for two… Read More

15 Seconds to Safety

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The sound of children singing can be heard when walking into the dark 10-by-8-by-10 room. Their voices are quickly drowned out by sirens and chaos, as translations show that their song is about hiding from rockets in a bomb shelter. “Hurry, hurry, hurry to a safe area. My heart is beating boom, boom, boom, boom,… Read More

Economic Impact

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JERUSALEM — There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a visitor to Jerusalem’s high-end outdoor Mamilla mall skirting the Old City’s Western Wall just outside the Jaffa Gate would strain to hear Israel’s native language of Hebrew. Among the throngs of people perusing the jewelry stores, fashion houses and art galleries during the… Read More

JCC Employee Charged

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A JCC Aquatic Center employee has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor after telling an undercover detective posing as a juvenile that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with two teenage boys, according to Baltimore County Police. Charles David Beaver, 58, of the 3000 block of Main Street in Manchester, was held… Read More

National Synagogue Rabbi to Address Attacked Paris Synagogue

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom-The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., heads to Paris this weekend to deliver the Shabbat morning dvar Torah at the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue, which was attacked by pro-Palestinian protesters on Sunday. “When a synagogue is attacked anywhere in the world, it’s not just an attack on that synagogue, it’s… Read More

Baltimore Mourns For Hope

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The search for Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach came to a bitter end, but in the eyes of those gathered at Beth El Congregation last week, hope, in spite of sorrow, remains. Hosted by the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, the July 2 memorial service brought the Baltimore Jewish community together to… Read More

Associated Posts ‘Strong’ Numbers

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Linda A. Hurwitz enjoys telling people at Jewish federations across the country that she hails from Baltimore. Hurwitz, who travels to Jewish communities in her capacity as national campaign chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, explained last week that Baltimore has a “reputation” in the federation world. “We are rare,” she said during… Read More

All In The Family

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It all started in 2007 with a sick dog named Fonzie. When the Feigelson family dog had surgery in Tennessee, Baltimore resident Margy Resnick Feigelson seized the opportunity to meet her extended family in Knoxville for the first time. Feigelson, who had pored over genealogy websites to trace her family’s roots, immediately connected with her… Read More