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Howard County’s Temple Isaiah is taking its family service outdoors
BY Amy Landsman
August 22, 2013

Temple Isaiah in Fulton is moving its popular Rosh Hashanah family service outdoors this year to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Last year, the Howard County congregation’s afternoon open-to-the-public family service at the temple drew close to 200 people. Now, the congregation is trying its hand at what’s called “Public Space Judaism.” “It’s really meant CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 18, 2013

The number of anti-Semitic attacks reported last year in Belgium reached its highest level since 2009, according to an annual report. Anti-racism volunteers registered 80 anti-Semitic incidents throughout Belgium in 2012, according to a report released this month by the Antisemitsm.Be watchdog group. The figure represents a 23 percent increase over 2011. The 80 attacks CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 15, 2013

Baltimore City Police has promoted a former captain who oversees the Northwestern District and has brought in a new captain, as well. Marc Partee, formerly a captain, was promoted to major, and Capt. Byron Conaway joined the forces. “You’re basically just ramping it up,” Partee said. “You have two operational guys — myself and the CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 13, 2013

 Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is expected to release his full plan for a compromise among religious groups at the Western Wall in two weeks. Sharansky, according to Haaretz, aims to release the plan before the end of August. Upon announcing the release plans, he said “if we have an agreement on a solution for CONTINUE »

Palestinian celebrity’s move from Gaza becomes a political football
BY Diana Atallah/The Media Line
August 11, 2013

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians CONTINUE »