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100 years of strength, love and devotion to family
BY Melissa Gerr
October 23, 2013

Emily Osmou Velelli, daughter of Jacob and Regina and wife of late husband Emmanuel, was born 100 years ago on June 27 on the island of Corfu, Greece. As a young educated woman she went to work in Athens at the textile store of her older brother, Marcos, where she met her husband-to-be, and it CONTINUE »

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Israel Democracy Institute study reveals that Israeli Jews, Arabs are becoming increasingly divided and that a majority of Israeli Jews feel it’s important to close the growing economic gap
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 17, 2013

Forty-three percent of Israeli Jews consider their lives “so-so,” according to the 2013 Democracy Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 6. The annual report, which takes the pulse of Israeli Jews and Arabs, was conducted between April 8 and May 2 and included 1,000 respondents. According to the IDI, the maximum sampling CONTINUE »

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Spinning beauty into tzedakah
BY Simone Ellin
October 10, 2013

Dr. Dean Kane spends his life making people’s lives, and the spaces in which they live and work, more lovely. As one of Baltimore’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Kane, 59, has been helping patients improve their appearances for more than a quarter-century. As an artist, he has added color, texture and beauty to their surroundings. CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
October 3, 2013

If you are a Jewish woman struggling with infertility, technological and medical advances have provided you with a lot of options in recent decades. But if you are looking to have a Jewish child, the road ahead may be a little bumpier than you think. Jewish egg donors are some of the most sought-after donors CONTINUE »

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Broadway portrayal of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach is magical and inspiring, but somewhat incomplete
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

Gevalt. It is a Yiddish exclamation of surprise, incredulity. Usually, it’s negative, like “Oy, gevalt!” But Eric Anderson, the non-Jewish actor who transformed himself into the hippie rabbinic icon, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, said he learned the term can have a whole other meaning. “ used it like ‘Wow,’ ‘Gevalt! This is amazing,’ ‘Gevalt! I cannot CONTINUE »