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It’s been 100 years since the Turkish expulsion of the Jews
BY Rafael Medoff/JNS.org
August 21, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon receives donations from Sinai Medical Center
BY Melissa Gerr
August 14, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

Alan Gross, still captive in Cuba, losing all hope
BY Suzanne Pollak and Dmitriy Shapiro
August 7, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

Demonstration meets counter-demonstration at Penn Station
BY Heather Norris
August 1, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Technology, tradition now go hand-in-hand
BY Allie Freedman
July 31, 2014

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 CONTINUE »