Israeli Bureaucrat Decides Who Can Marry in the Jewish State

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To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a… Read More

MLA Delegates Condemn Israel

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CHICAGO — The Modern Language Association (MLA) delegate committee on Saturday passed Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying entry to U.S. academics into the West Bank, in a 60-53 vote. The MLA executive committee will now need to approve the resolution before it goes to a vote among MLA members. The original text of… Read More

Beyond The Aleph Bet

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You won’t find a lot of bright neon colors or posters with the ABCs on the walls of the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). Instead, you’ll see a lot of preschoolers’ art, their family photos and a collage created by the children’s parents. Since he arrived in July 2012,… Read More

Taking Good Care

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Typically holding down jobs and raising children while providing for the daily needs of an aging parent or spouse, family caregivers are some of the most selfless people on the planet. By and large reluctant to reach out for help, they just might be giving too much of themselves. “The statistics are sobering,” said Barbara… Read More

War On Poverty

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A half-century after President Lyndon B. Johnson formally declared a nationwide war on poverty, the subject remains divisive in politics, perplexing for social advocates and a daily reality for many. As a nation, we are neither winning nor losing the war, said Adam Schneider, a social worker at Heath Care for the Homeless and chair… Read More

The REmida Project

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Everything King Midas touched, so goes the myth, turned to gold. A hint of that tale can be found in the principles behind the Center for Jewish Education’s new REmida Project: Everything reused in the Remida room turns to gold, if not literally then figuratively, say the project’s coordinators. Together, 28-year education veteran and director… Read More

The Evolution of Jewish Brotherhood

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On a recent Sunday morning more than 60 people attended the Brotherhood breakfast at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) featuring storyteller and Baltimore oracle Gilbert Sandler. It was pouring rain and near freezing, but the social gathering and sounds of old and new friends catching up while sharing a meal warmed the synagogue hall. The Brotherhood… Read More

For the Love of Loehmann’s

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On the afternoon of Jan. 9, the parking lot at Loehmann’s in Timonium was busier than usual. When the 93-year-old retail establishment announced its bankruptcy and plans to close its remaining 39 locations in 11 states by March 31, droves of the store’s faithful customers rushed to the discount designer fashion haven to grab some… Read More

Local Leaders Remember Sharon as Masterful Strategist

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As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who… Read More

Gansler Goes On Offensive

Attorney General Doug Gansler made a final push Monday to publicly pressure Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown into testifying today at the General Assembly, when legislators will look into the possibility of emergency legislation to retroactively insure Marylanders who could not sign up due to glitches in the state’s online health-care exchange. “In order to fix… Read More