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Two old friends deal Las Vegas a winning hand
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Philippines, recovering from typhoon, honored by JDC for WWII rescue effort
BY Larry Luxner
December 19, 2013

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, CONTINUE »

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New Ashkelon head talks about his goals for the city
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Orthodox businessman had been held in Bolivia for more than two years
BY Suzanne Pollak
December 19, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Renovated Beth El mikvah is opportunity for community members to transition and transform their lives
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Walk into the mikvah 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 CONTINUE »