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Philanthropist, Jewish leader dies at 84
BY Simone Ellin
December 22, 2013

Edgar Miles Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21 at his home in New York. He was 84. Bronfman, a billionaire beverage executive and major philanthropist to Jewish organizations, was also known for his central roles in the liberation of Soviet Jewry and the fight to secure restitution from CONTINUE »

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Judaism is pretty cool in South Africa
BY Phyllis Steinberg
December 19, 2013

South Africa is a captivating country that offers a multitude of experiences from wildlife spotting and whale watching to spectacular scenery. Travelers can trace the history of humans with a visit to the caves at the Cradle of Mankind. They can ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town or CONTINUE »

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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 »