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Federation series aims to bring residents closer to Israel and to educate them about region
BY Marc Shapiro
March 20, 2014

It’s nearly impossible to boil the Middle East’s recent history down to an hour-long presentation, but if there is anyone up for the challenge, it’s intelligence analyst Avi Melamed. The former Israeli senior official on Arab affairs painted a sobering, comprehensive picture of the tumultuous region through discussion of political and radical Muslim groups and CONTINUE »

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For Stan Fischler, it’s all about the game — and Israel, too
BY Hillel Kutler, JTA
March 20, 2014

As the Boston Bruins buzz the Islanders net throughout the opening period of a game at the Nassau Coliseum, Stan Fischler is standing 10 feet behind the Plexiglas to the left of New York goaltender Kevin Poulin. Fischler, a hockey broadcaster for four decades, can feel the rattling boards of forechecking Bruins. There’s no place CONTINUE »

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Built from sustainable and recycled materials, building will house farm’s apprentices for eight months on-site in Reisterstown
BY Marc Shapiro
March 20, 2014

On a recent Sunday afternoon, six young adults discussed which homemade mezuzah should hang on the doors to their new rooms. But these were no store-bought mezuzahs — the bright-colored covers were made from recycled materials. And this is no ordinary home. The “high-efficiency, four-season cabin,” as its designer and builder described it, married sustainability CONTINUE »

Southern California’s Beth El to move against Bethesda man
BY Suzanne Pollak
March 20, 2014

A California synagogue is expected to file criminal charges against its former executive director, Eric Levine, a Bethesda resident who most recently worked for Adas Israel Congregation in the District, for allegedly stealing almost $400,000 over a five-year period. “We anticipate that criminal charges are going to be filed,” said Sonia Israel, president of Congregation CONTINUE »

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Bar Mitzvah-aged boy creates great Jewish resource
BY Simone Ellin
March 20, 2014

Not many 13-year-old boys have created their own apps. But Nachshon Fertel isn’t just any 13-year-old boy. The Park Heights resident, one of five children born to Ari and Mort Fertel, has been creating his own businesses since he was 8, when he sold used electronics on Amazon. Now, he’s launched Frum Finder, an app CONTINUE »