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Local families of lone soldiers must celebrate without their children
BY Heather Norris
November 14, 2013

For Julie August, coping with her son Josh’s decision to move halfway around the world and join the Israeli Defense Forces last year was not easy. “It would be hard enough to have him serving while I was there,” said August, who lived in Israel for a time before moving to the Baltimore area. “But CONTINUE »

BY Heather Norris
November 13, 2013

The Pikesville High School boys’ soccer team hopes to make history Thursday when it takes on North Carroll in the state Class 1A boys’ soccer championship. “They’re ready to play,” said coach Mark Lavallee, who is in his 11th year of leading the Pikesville team. Pikesville finished regular-season play with an 8-2-2 record, falling only CONTINUE »

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Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka discusses his ongoing interfaith dialogue with Pope Francis
BY Marc Shapiro
November 8, 2013

The pope is almost a mythical figure, a person with celebrity status. But Pope Francis is a humble, genuine man of the people, according to Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka. He first met Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, in the 1990s at a celebration of one of Argentina’s two independence days, where Rabbi Skorka CONTINUE »

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Rear Admiral Herman A. Shilanski to keynote veterans Shabbat
BY Gabriel Lewin
November 7, 2013

For Rear Adm. Herman A. Shilanski, director of the Assessment Division of the U.S. Navy staff, sharing his Judaism with both those in uniform and civilians is a part of his service to his country and to God. On Nov. 9, the Shabbat before Veterans Day, he will be able to do both. Throughout the CONTINUE »

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GA 2013, coined “Global Jewish Shuk,” will focus on issues relevant to Diaspora-Israeli relations
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 7, 2013

Ten years ago, when Michael and Susie Gelman chaired the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North American in Israel, the focus was on security and solidarity. Susie Gelman remembers that it was during the second Intifada, a time of terror attacks, and many American Jews were staying away from Israel. The GA brought CONTINUE »