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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 »

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Simferopol rabbi reflects on changing tide in Crimea
BY Sean Savage, JNS.org
March 20, 2014

While the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, Jews in the disputed region of Crimea have been caught in a battle over nationalism. Like many minority groups in the area, Ukrainian Jews fear for their safety and their future amid the heightened tension. “The main action in Crimea was taking place right across the street CONTINUE »

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Student teams from around the country will gather at UMd. for basketball, camaraderie
BY Max Moline
March 20, 2014

For the past three years, University of Maryland Hillel has hosted a basketball tournament for Hillel teams from around the country. Students will gather in College Park once again on March 28 for the National Hillel Basketball Tournament, a weekend of food, speakers and basketball. The winning team will take home the Kiddush Cup. The CONTINUE »

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Jewish organizations take either side in Supreme Court case
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
March 20, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 25 on two prominent cases that could have far-reaching effects on Jewish-owned businesses and their employees. Both challenge the legality of an Affordable Care Act mandate requiring firms with more than 50 employees to provide contraception coverage as part of their insurance policies. Jewish organizations have CONTINUE »