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State committees recommend raises for elected officials
BY Heather Norris
December 26, 2013

A pay raise could be in the future for Maryland politicians. The General Assembly Compensation Committee and the Governor’s Salary Commission will recommend salary increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators when the General Assembly goes back into session Jan. 8. The General Assembly Compensation Commission will recommended that members of the Maryland House CONTINUE »

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From tragedy, something beautiful
BY Simone Ellin
December 19, 2013

Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for CONTINUE »

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Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion meets at Pearlstone
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyahs, sitting shiva and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. But for Liz Weintraub and her husband, Philip, full inclusion in life events such as these wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. That is, until they became members of CONTINUE »

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Israeli physicians introduce simultaneous translation tool
December 10, 2013

Imagine being a new immigrant in Israel and needing to go through a major surgery at the local hospital. You might need to rely on a family member to translate for you, or hope that you somehow can get the message across. But now, at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, the barriers to living CONTINUE »

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Kfar Zoharim is resuscitating at-risk Orthodox youth
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 5, 2013

They are hiding in the darkness of midnight on Jerusalem’s streets. They are in the clubs, on the corners, smoking weed, drinking alcohol. Lost. Once upright, observant boys from good families. Lost. That is, until Rabbi Moshe Zeivald finds them and brings them to Kfar Zoharim in central Israel. The kfar (“village” in English) is CONTINUE »