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Decision by Congress to allow the expiration of public transit tax credit could hurt commuters
BY Heather Norris
January 16, 2014

It pays to drive. At least it pays more than taking public transit. With the start of 2014 came the expiration of the credit allowing public transit commuters to claim up to $245 a month as tax exempt. While public transportation users were watching their maximum credit fall to just $130 per month, the credit CONTINUE »

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Soft-spoken and methodical, he investigates claims on behalf of Chief Rabbinate
BY Ben Sales, JTA
January 16, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Controversial resolution passes after BDS panels
BY By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
January 16, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Director nurtures innovative philosophy at Weinberg Park Heights JCC’s ECE
BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

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, CONTINUE »

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Caregiving is a noble calling, but at what cost?
BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

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 CONTINUE »