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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 »

Rikki Spector says that for Northwest Baltimore she does not see an advantage to a teen curfew.
BY Heather Norris
September 24, 2013

The proposed changes to the teen curfew in the city of Baltimore don’t have much support in the city’s District 5 office. “I don’t see any advantage,” said Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle Spector, adding that she will learn more about the proposal when it reaches the hearing stage. “I’m not sure that it’s building a CONTINUE »

Frieda Pertman, 96, who lost her parents and six siblings to the Holocaust, displays her aunt’s more-than-100-year-old crocheted lace. At right, Frieda at 26 in Russia with son Allan, daughter Rita and late husband Chaim.
An unshakable spirit, an extraordinary woman
BY Melissa Gerr
September 18, 2013

The first thing Frieda Pertman did during an interview late last week was lovingly display delicate tendrils of crocheted lacework and embroidery on her lap. She had just received them in the mail from a newly discovered cousin.  But the lace was more than a thoughtful gift.  It helped weave together pieces of an extended CONTINUE »

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Initial reluctance gone, AIPAC makes big push on Syria response
BY Ron Kampeas
September 12, 2013

Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people. Some suggested that once again the tail was wagging the dog and Israel was leading the United CONTINUE »

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Amid cries of retaliation and talk of red lines, analysts discuss what next steps will be best for the Syrians, for Israel
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 4, 2013

On Tuesday, a Google search for the word Syria resulted in 349,000,000 entries. About one week until Congress returns from its break to dialogue about a potential missile attack against the Syrian government, led by Bashar al-Assad, for its purported use of chemical weapons, analysts are debating — and citizens are rallying — for or CONTINUE »