Poker Players Opt for Jewish Tournament on Christmas

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It’s no secret that Jewish Baltimore tends to head to the movies and Chinese restaurants on Christmas. In Las Vegas, Andrew Rothbart would head to the Bagel Ball, an annual event for Jewish singles, but he kept seeing the same people year after year. “I said, ‘There has to be something for Jews to do… Read More

JDC Centennial Event

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Thanking one Asian country for its kindness toward Jews faced with annihilation 75 years ago and warning another not to even think about harming Israel, top Jewish officials at a Dec. 11 dinner wrapped up three days of meetings that marked the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Jose L. Cuisia,… Read More

Meet The Mayor

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Meet Itamar Shimoni. The new mayor of Ashkelon, 45, is the father of three children between the ages of 21/2 and 7. In late October, Shimoni beat out four-time incumbent Benny Vaknin. So what? “The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership has become one of the crown jewels among the long list of programs within The Associated and its… Read More

Jacob Ostreicher Released

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Jacob Ostreicher, the Orthodox father of five who had been held against his will in Bolivia for more than two years, is back in the United States at an undisclosed location, his family announced on Tuesday, Dec. 17. “I am not sure of the details,” said his daughter, Chaya Weinberger. “I still have not heard… Read More

Magic Water

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Walk into the mikvah [ritual bath] 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… Read More

Good Karma

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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… Read More

‘Like Dreamers’

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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… Read More

Bring Out The Inner You

Is it true that only 7 percent of success is what you say? When you speak, only 7 percent of what you’re conveying comes from your words. The rest comes from nonverbal communication, which can make the difference between closing or losing a prospect, encouraging or exasperating an employee or even soothing or upsetting a… Read More

Series Finale

In this final installation of my column, I reflect on the topics that have been of interest to me over the past year. I also look at the current state of employment (including in Jewish Baltimore) as well as ahead to employment’s future. I have preached the importance of having an elevator speech to concisely… Read More

American Studies Association Passes Academic Boycott of Israel

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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… Read More