Exodus to Egypt

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the expulsion of thousands of Jews from Turkish-ruled Palestine to Egypt, in a dramatic reversal of the historic exodus from the Land of the Pharaohs to the Land of Israel. But from that tragic episode in 1914 would emerge a Jewish fighting force that would help liberate the… Read More

‘An Effort of Love’

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Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained… Read More

‘He Will Kill Himself’

Alan Gross, the contractor from Potomac currently imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has taken a major turn for the worse, according to Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the family. Gross, 65, “has said that he will kill himself if he is in prison much longer,” Zuckman said. During a permitted visit this past July between… Read More

Baltimoreans Rally Over Gaza

When Raquel Minka heard about a rally taking place in downtown Baltimore protesting Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, she had to do something. “They’ve been having so many,” she said of the pro-Palestinian protest. “We also need a chance to speak up.” Minka took to Facebook to organize her own demonstration — one in support of… Read More

Instant Minyan

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Searching for a minyan? Look no further than your smartphone. On July 8, Web development company RustyBrick released its newest mobile application for Android and iPhone users: Minyan Now. The New York-based company, best known for creating a popular phone siddur, uses modern technology to enhance traditional Jewish practices. The company’s latest product is designed… Read More

The Meaning Behind the Fast

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Now in its 10th year, the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council hosted guests from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. communities for a special Iftar dinner, the traditional meal breaking the fast that occurs daily during the month of Ramadan. About 200 people from within and beyond the Islamic community attended the July 10 event at the… Read More

From Odessa with Love

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It was early on a Monday morning, but youngsters at Camp Milldale were full of pep. About 80 5- to 10-year-olds and their counselors were gathered in the Big Max all-purpose room, and spirits ran high. Janna Zuckerman, program manager of the Center for Jewish Camping at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore was… Read More

To Everything There is a Season

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It was the first week of summer recess and the halls and classrooms at Krieger Schechter Day School were almost empty. But outgoing middle school head Shelley Hendler and incoming middle school head Robyn Blum had work to do. Hendler was putting the finishing touches on her 14-year legacy with the school and Blum was… Read More

No Vacation from Bigotry, Hate

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In the current economy, the concept of a vacation, especially for the working poor among us, is something of a luxury. And even among those for whom a vacation is a given, financial realities have made “staycations” a common feature of American life. That’s why it’s great to live in a place like Baltimore, where… Read More

The Next Eric Cantor

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With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss last week, the highest-ranking Jewish Republican politician has suddenly been kicked from power. But Cantor’s rise was almost as improbably swift. Elected in 2000 to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, he was appointed chief deputy whip after only one term. When Republicans regained control of the House… Read More