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State committees recommend raises for elected officials
BY Heather Norris
December 26, 2013

A pay raise could be in the future for Maryland politicians. The General Assembly Compensation Committee and the Governor’s Salary Commission will recommend salary increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators when the General Assembly goes back into session Jan. 8. The General Assembly Compensation Commission will recommended that members of the Maryland House CONTINUE »

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Is Hillel International managing dissent or fanning flames?
BY David Holzel
December 26, 2013

Four months into his tenure as CEO of Hillel International, Eric Fingerhut says he understands several things. “Everyone understands that the discussion about Israel on campus has gotten complex. There are legitimate areas for discussion, and Hillel wants to foster robust dialogue and build connection to Israel, which is my ultimate goal.” In CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
December 26, 2013

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Pamela White struck the convictions on Tuesday, Dec. 17, of a former Shomrim member who was arrested in the beating of a teenager in November 2010. Eli Werdesheim, 26, was convicted last summer of wrongful imprisonment and assault in the beating of Corey Ausby, an African-American teenager who was 15 at CONTINUE »

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Philanthropist, Jewish leader dies at 84
BY Simone Ellin
December 22, 2013

Edgar Miles Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21 at his home in New York. He was 84. Bronfman, a billionaire beverage executive and major philanthropist to Jewish organizations, was also known for his central roles in the liberation of Soviet Jewry and the fight to secure restitution from CONTINUE »

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Judaism is pretty cool in South Africa
BY Phyllis Steinberg
December 19, 2013

South Africa is a captivating country that offers a multitude of experiences from wildlife spotting and whale watching to spectacular scenery. Travelers can trace the history of humans with a visit to the caves at the Cradle of Mankind. They can ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town or CONTINUE »