In Israel’s poorest schools, teachers improvise fixes for funding shortfalls
BY Ben Sales/JTA
October 1, 2014

OFAKIM, Israel — In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.   So Nachmani built one himself.   He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a controller for a Nintendo Wii video CONTINUE »

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State Supreme Court Justice ruled Ramapo voting materials impounded
BY Melissa Gerr
October 1, 2014

After 16 hours of polling that included strong voter turnout but some confusion at polls in a Tuesday referendum that pitted elements of the large Jewish community in Ramapo, N.Y., against each other and against other citizens, a state court has halted the tabulation of votes, pending a hearing on alleged voting irregularities. Election workers CONTINUE »

Haifa’s Rambam hospital treats, protects, innovates in the face of looming danger
BY Alina Dain Sharon/
October 1, 2014

Not unexpectedly, southern Israel suffered more than other areas of the Jewish state during this summer’s conflict with Hamas. Yet, up in northern Israel, 30 doctors from the Haifa-based Rambam Health Care Campus (RHCC) were drafted into the Israel Defense Forces. “Israel is a small country, so everything affects you whether you are in the CONTINUE »

Breast cancer prevention has an ally in genetic testing
BY Allie Freedman and Suzanne Pollak
October 1, 2014

Baltimorean Jill Mull was just 32 when she learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. The young Jewish mother of twins was hoping the mark on her breast was simply a cyst, but a checkup resulted two days later in a lumpectomy. “I had five surgeries in a year and nine months and CONTINUE »

East Bank Havurah reflects on past, looks to future
BY Simone Ellin
October 1, 2014

For those of the East Bank Havurah, it seems that spiritual seeking is a part of their DNA. Steve Siegel, 67, of Pikesville strayed far from Judaism after his bar mitzvah at a large Reform congregation and found himself on such a spiritual quest as a young adult in the 1970s. Like many of his CONTINUE »