Jewish Women’s Foundation takes a giant step forward

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The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches plans to become the first of 24 national Jewish women’s funds affiliated with a local federation to establish itself as an autonomous organization. “Twelve years ago, an insightful and committed group of forward-thinking Jewish women came together to implement a new philanthropic model for affecting social… Read More

Study: Test All Women of Ashkenazi Descent for BRCA Defect

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JERUSALEM — All women of Ashkenazi descent should be screened from age 30 for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer, an Israeli study recommends. The study, by a research team headed by Ephrat Levy-Lahad of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was published last Friday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences… Read More

Trailblazing Cheese Whiz Preps Special Holiday Fare

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If you’re going to Brent Delman’s home in the New York City suburb of Yonkers on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, don’t expect to see the typical meat menu. Delman and his physician wife, Patricia, plan to host a dairy lunch on the first day that features casseroles and quiches. The meal also will… Read More

Conservative Movement Expanding Access

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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, with support from the Ruderman Family Foundation, will launch an initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Through the grant, the UCSJ will work with its affiliated congregations to develop comprehensive visions and action plans on inclusion. The goal is to create congregations… Read More

Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

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During the current conflict in Gaza, a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others have gone further by actively supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Many of these celebrities endorse popular brands and products. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem: Actors Penelope… Read More

Another Wartime Aliyah Airlift

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Despite tensions surrounding the war in Gaza, 338 new immigrants from the United States and Canada departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Aug. 4 on an aliyah charter flight to Israel. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency… Read More

Rock On at the Hard Rock Pier

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Recently, I was invited to enjoy happy hour “like a rock star” by my friends at the Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore at the recently opened Hard Rock Pier. Nestled by the front of Power Plant and the bridge that connects Pier 4 to Pier 6 at the Inner Harbor, the newest al fresco floating pier… Read More

Helmsley Trust Announces $1.75 Million for Israe

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will disburse $1.75 million in grants to two Israeli institutions that help children and adults with special needs and their families, the trust announced in a press release. Shalva, The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, will receive $1 million for a dining… Read More

Baltimore Foundation Announces Largest-Ever Grant

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The Goldseker Foundation announced the largest-ever grant in the local organization’s 39-year history: $1.5 million to the Baltimore Community Foundation. The grant will also benefit BCF’s affiliated entities — Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. “The Goldseker Foundation is very proud of its long-term support of BCF,” Sheldon Goldseker, chairman of the… Read More

Sderot Safer Than You Think

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As Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip drag into their second week, the Jewish Agency for Israel is claiming credit for doing its part to ensure that casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict remain a rarity. In an email to supporters, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky noted that while most… Read More