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‘Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race’ is at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore until April 30
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

The idea of eugenics, the study and practice of improving mankind through selective reproduction, was widespread in the scientific community decades before the Nazis took power. Many credit 19th-century British anthropologist Francis Galton as the father of eugenics, which was popular before much was known about hereditary traits. “He had a very positive vision focusing CONTINUE »

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AL’s Gals take to their bikes
BY Amy Landsman
April 10, 2014

This spring a lively group of women bike riders plan to hit the road for friendship and fun. Parkton resident Cathy Myrowitz has organized a new group called the “Annie ‘Londonderry’ Jewish Women and Friends Bicycle Circle.” It’s “AL’s Gals” for short. The name was inspired by the achievements of Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky, a Jewish CONTINUE »

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Kindergarteners learn American Sign Language for holiday
BY Story and photo by Melissa Gerr
April 3, 2014

Judy Harrow, assistant teacher at the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, shares her knowledge of American Sign Language with students year round. To commemorate the end of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Harrow and teacher Barbara Stadd invited Leah Caplan, a hard-of-hearing member of the Jewish community, into the classroom to teach signs specific CONTINUE »

Amid communal divide, bill prohibiting use of state funds for academic boycotts stalls in committee
BY Heather Norris
March 27, 2014

Maryland’s anti-boycott bill may not be dead, but it’s on life support. Two weeks after hearings on the bill in the Senate Budget and Taxation and House Appropriations committees, the bill that dropped in the House of Delegates with 51 co-sponsors has undergone a lot of trimming, including an amendment that would strip it of CONTINUE »

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Israeli officer offers insider’s look at successful seizure of Iranian arms
BY Suzanne Pollak
March 20, 2014

An Israel Defense Forces captain serving on the vessel that intercepted an Iranian ship two weeks ago told a rapt audience at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville how the missiles, grenades and ammunition destined for Gaza were captured. “This time, the intelligence was very, very accurate. We knew months before,” said the captain, who CONTINUE »