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For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.
The art and essence of tefila
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 22, 2013

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch CONTINUE »

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Capital Camps creates new prayer book
BY Emily Minton
August 15, 2013

The campers and staff members at Capital Camps have spent the summer thinking, learning and putting together a prayer book to be used at the camp next summer. Led by Rabbi Miriam Burg, director of Jewish life, the project was put together in response to the camp’s need for a new siddur, as the one CONTINUE »

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The JT examines the kashrut industry, the details and the disputes that make eating kosher complicated and sometimes costly
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 7, 2013

Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as CONTINUE »

Kim Steller (left) and 
Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.
New nonprofit provides birthday-in-a-box
BY Simone Ellin
July 29, 2013

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood CONTINUE »

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Walk/run to benefit Hadassah cancer prevention program
BY David Snyder
July 18, 2013

The prospect of getting a crowd of teenagers to pipe down and focus can be a challenging task. However, when Jill Mull addresses dozens of 11th- and 12th-grade girls, she says it’s quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Mull is one of several breast cancer survivors who volunteer to speakin front of female high CONTINUE »