Common Core & Day Schools

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With the federally backed Common Core State Standards making waves in Maryland’s public schools, local day schools — although private — may not be totally immune to the controversial changes. It is “important for us as a school that the school and the faculty be aware of what our students’ peers are learning at other… Read More

JAFI Official Talks Ukraine Realities

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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… Read More

Opening the Tent

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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… Read More

Stevenson University President Reports from Israel

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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,… Read More

Gubernatorial Primer

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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… Read More

Lights, Camera, Action

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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… Read More

Jewish Trainer’s Horse Wins Preakness

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Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out before his bar mitzvah after a case of… Read More

Baltimore, Washington students awarded Bronfman Fellowships

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The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel recently selected its 2014 cohort of high school students from around the country who will be given the opportunity for an immersive summer study in Israel. Rafi Lehmann, son of Pam and David Lehmann, is a junior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School in Baltimore. Lehmann is the… Read More

O’Malley Signs Bill to Curb Scam Charities

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill last week that will help the state identify bad charities and give them enforcement power over charities that aim to scam Maryland residents. “I became aware of it from constituents who said ‘I got burned,’” said District 11 Delegate Dan Morhaim, who sponsored House Bill 1352. “And when they… Read More

Songs from the Heart

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Four singing privates first class of the Israel Defense Forces Naval Ensemble had the audience clapping, singing and even dancing to the spirited and soulful songs they performed for the approximately 400 attendees in Beth El Congregation’s Offit Auditorium. The event, presented by Friends of the IDF and Beth El Congregation, honored Charlie Levine, founder… Read More