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Jewish communal professionals receive training in Big Tent Judaism
BY Simone Ellin
May 29, 2014

By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews CONTINUE »

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.
Six people from Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine arrived in Israel Tuesday
BY Marc Shapiro
May 28, 2014

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol, CONTINUE »

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Baltimore-born filmmaker commemorates World War II Memorial
BY Lisa Traiger
May 22, 2014

Glenn Marcus grew up in the flickering light of the old-style movie house, not today’s corporate multiplex cinemas. The smell of mustiness and popcorn still takes him back to the Hollywood Theatre in Arbutus, which his grandfather owned and ran as a mom-and-pop business: his aunt sold concessions, his dad helped out with the books CONTINUE »

The city of Shanghai was home to some 20,000 Jews in the years 
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Memorial program addresses Asia’s Jewish refugees
BY Heather Norris
May 15, 2014

The Jewish refugee history of Shanghai will be the topic of choice at the eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration on Sunday, May 18. “We always think West,” said Rabbi Marvin Tokayer. “We don’t think of Jews being in Bombay or Shanghai.” Tokayer, who spent two years living in CONTINUE »

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Public safety officers, firefighters, state officials pay tribute to Reisterstown firefighter Gene Kirchner and three others who also died in the line of duty in the past year
BY Marc Shapiro
May 8, 2014

A year after her little brother’s death, Shelly Brezicki said her family still thinks about Gene Kirchner every single day. “We had Gene’s unveiling yesterday,” Brezicki said on April 28. “Every day, we remember that Gene’s not here.” Her brother, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, was just 25 when he died eight CONTINUE »