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Renovated Beth El mikvah is opportunity for community members to transition and transform their lives
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Walk into the mikvah at Beth El Congregation and the tile sparkles — literally. Its healing waters call out, “You are at Heaven’s gate. Connect with God.” It sounds like the start of a good novel — fiction, of course. But the Beth El mikvah, transformed this past year from a beautiful ritual CONTINUE »

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From tragedy, something beautiful
BY Simone Ellin
December 19, 2013

Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for CONTINUE »

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A talk with journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Yossi Klein Halevi is an American immigrant to Israel and the author of a new and powerful book, “Like Dreamers,” in which he adds an important dimension to the story of Israel from the euphoria of the 1967 Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the subsequent 40 years. Halevi’s work as a journalist and CONTINUE »

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Vote passes with two-thirds majority
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

Members of the American Studies Association (ASA) voted in favor of an academic boycott of Israel almost two weeks after its national council unanimously endorsed a boycott resolution. The results of the voting, which closed on Sunday, Dec. 15, were announced Monday; two-thirds of the members voted in favor. The ASA, the nation’s oldest and CONTINUE »

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With signup deadlines approaching, Gov. O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown are working to boost enrollment and fix Maryland’s health-care website
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

State officials say fixing Maryland’s flawed heath-care website and increasing enrollment is their No. 1 priority. “I am frustrated and disappointed with how the launch of the website has gone,” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at a recent news conference. He and Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a variety of steps Monday to boost enrollment and CONTINUE »