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What would a Republican turn in the Senate mean for Jewish issues?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
October 2, 2014

With the Republican Party pushing to retake control of the Senate in the upcoming November elections, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign policy and domestic social issues that are prioritized by American Jews. Midterm elections in the Senate and House of Representatives historically have been difficult for the CONTINUE »

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Scientists use JHU study’s data in search for Parkinson’s cure
BY Simone Ellin
October 2, 2014

On the day almost five years ago when a neurologist told him the tremor in his right hand was a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, Andrew Katz cried all the way home. His father had suffered from the disease, and he knew what it could mean for his future. Still, Katz, who was 62 at the CONTINUE »

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Tay-Sachs brings death, heartache; take test ‘before it is too late’
BY Allie Freedman and Suzanne Pollak
October 2, 2014

For most people, the chances of being a Tay-Sachs carrier are one in 250. But Ashkenazi Jews face far worse odds with a “high-risk” carrier rate of one in 30, according to the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD). Yet, through screening, Tay-Sachs has been less prevalent in recent years among the Jewish population. CONTINUE »

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How one man’s father inspired his rabbinical career
BY Allie Freedman
October 2, 2014

Rabbi Nachum Katsenelenbogen always knew his father was a hero. Arrested by the NKVD, predecessor to the KGB, in 1950, Moshe Katsenelenbogen spent seven-and-a-half years in a Soviet prison simply for being Jewish. Once he was free, he poured his heart into instilling a strong love of Judaism in his children. As a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary CONTINUE »

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Republicanism in Maryland is a unique animal
BY Heather Norris
October 2, 2014

In order to take the governor’s mansion on Election Day, Republican Larry Hogan must find a way to turn the state’s majority-registered Democrats into Republican voters. To do so, he and his party are working to turn voters’ attention away from social issues such as gun control and abortion and toward the economy. “When we CONTINUE »