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Roman Polonsky, director of the unit for Russian-speaking Jewry, shares his experiences from recent trip with The Associated
BY Marc Shapiro
May 29, 2014

For a Jewish community that is just beginning to find itself, the turbulent situation in Ukraine is putting the culture in jeopardy. “There is a feeling not only of unrest, but shock,” said Roman Polonsky, director of the unit for Russian-speaking Jewry of the Jewish Agency for Israel. “When Jews become targets … it’s very CONTINUE »

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Jewish communal professionals receive training in Big Tent Judaism
BY Simone Ellin
May 29, 2014

By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews CONTINUE »

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Kevin Manning speaks about his first time in the Middle East
BY Marc Shapiro
May 29, 2014

A major reality check came for Kevin Manning when a young mother who lives on a moshav near the Gaza Strip spoke about what everyday life is like with rockets flying overhead and a constant sense of fear for her family. “When she goes to Jerusalem and tells them they don’t have to be afraid, CONTINUE »

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The JT’s guide to the June primaries
BY Heather Norris and Marc Shapiro
May 22, 2014

With just one month left for candidates to reach Maryland’s primary voters, the June 24 election is still anyone’s race. Last month’s Maryland Poll showed the majority of voters still undecided in both the Republican and Democratic primaries, with as many as almost seven in 10 registered Republicans unsure of who they will vote for CONTINUE »

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Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations holds 98th convention
BY Simone Ellin
May 22, 2014

Since it was founded in 1916, the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland has worked to provide leadership training, support for the Jewish community and advocacy on issues of concern to the local, national and international Jewish communities. The federation, an umbrella group of nonprofit organizations and sisterhoods, held its 98th annual convention, “Women CONTINUE »