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After seven years, Abba David Poliakoff is stepping down as chair of the Maryland/Israel Development Center
BY Marc Shapiro
April 10, 2014

Abba David Poliakoff has a catch phrase about the Maryland/Israel Development Center that he’s practically known for. “The mission of the MIDC is to facilitate the soft landing of the Israeli company in the U.S. through Maryland,” he said. “And we implement this mission by utilizing what we call our ‘instant infrastructure.’” Poliakoff, 62, is CONTINUE »

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Baltimore resident makes Seder text more personal, the Bronfman Haggadah goes digital
BY Marc Shapiro
April 3, 2014

Stan Lebovic needed to reconnect to the story of Passover. Reading the Haggadah felt like going through motions, and something wasn’t clicking for him. “You go through every part and it’s like, ‘What am I missing?’” the Baltimore resident asked. “Most of what I’m saying, the Haggadah, is falling on deaf ears. I myself don’t CONTINUE »

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An evening of personal stories capture irony, essence and humor of Jewish life
BY Melissa Gerr
March 27, 2014

Bolton Street Synagogue and The Stoop Storytelling Series are teaming up to present “It’s Complicated: Stories about the Joys and Oys of Contemporary Jewish Life.” The April 5 event will feature six storytellers, some of whom are well-known locals, telling their own personal stories — humorous, poignant and surprising  — about being Jewish. WBAL-TV anchor CONTINUE »

Southern California’s Beth El to move against Bethesda man
BY Suzanne Pollak
March 20, 2014

A California synagogue is expected to file criminal charges against its former executive director, Eric Levine, a Bethesda resident who most recently worked for Adas Israel Congregation in the District, for allegedly stealing almost $400,000 over a five-year period. “We anticipate that criminal charges are going to be filed,” said Sonia Israel, president of Congregation CONTINUE »

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Nothing says Purim like hamantaschen
BY Eileen Goltz
March 13, 2014

Prepare to get your celebration mode in gear, it’s time for Purim! Head to your nearest synagogue, crank up your groggers, and get ready to drown out the name of Haman while cheering on Esther and Mordechai. As a prerequisite to any and all Purim celebrations (and seudahs), it’s time to dig out your favorite CONTINUE »