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Annapolis event gives legislators, community members face time
BY Marc Shapiro
January 30, 2014

The Baltimore Jewish Council is gearing up for its annual Advocacy Day in Annapolis on Wed., Feb. 5. As in past years, organizers expect about 150 community members, state legislators and executive branch officials to come together to discuss the council’s legislative priorities. “On Advocacy Day, we enthusiastically represent the Jewish community and inform our CONTINUE »

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In the world of hostage release, success hinges on relentless support
BY Suzanne Pollak
January 23, 2014

Recent events — the release of Jacob Ostreicher, President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and the ongoing diplomatic talks with Iran — may bode well for the fate of several Americans being held hostage overseas. While each case is different, the outcomes of such figures as Alan Gross in Cuba and Robert CONTINUE »

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Men’s groups carry traditional roots but fill a modern-day purpose
BY Melissa Gerr
January 16, 2014

On a recent Sunday morning more than 60 people attended the Brotherhood breakfast at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) featuring storyteller and Baltimore oracle Gilbert Sandler. It was pouring rain and near freezing, but the social gathering and sounds of old and new friends catching up while sharing a meal warmed the synagogue hall. The Brotherhood CONTINUE »

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Isaac Herzog says he will back Netanyahu in case of peace.
BY David Holzel
January 9, 2014

Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog will likely come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog CONTINUE »

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BY Ilene Spector
January 9, 2014

Do you remember the folk tale about Stone Soup? Two hungry soldiers tricked a village into adding ingredients until they had a delicious pot of soup made from a stone. It’s one of my favorite stories, and soup is one of my favorite foods, especially at this time of year. Gathering friends, family and neighbors CONTINUE »