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BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2014

Although it was a chilly night with the looming threat of rain, Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars went off without a hitch last week. According to organizers of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s eighth annual event, thousands descended on Oregon Ridge Park Sept. 24 for an evening service featuring the synagogue’s rabbis and cantors, a choir and CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro­
October 2, 2014

At least one man believes he and two others were targeted because of their religion in an incident that took place on Old Pimlico Road around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Three males were walking in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road when a car pulled up CONTINUE »

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What would a Republican turn in the Senate mean for Jewish issues?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
October 2, 2014

With the Republican Party pushing to retake control of the Senate in the upcoming November elections, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign policy and domestic social issues that are prioritized by American Jews. Midterm elections in the Senate and House of Representatives historically have been difficult for the CONTINUE »

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Scientists use JHU study’s data in search for Parkinson’s cure
BY Simone Ellin
October 2, 2014

On the day almost five years ago when a neurologist told him the tremor in his right hand was a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, Andrew Katz cried all the way home. His father had suffered from the disease, and he knew what it could mean for his future. Still, Katz, who was 62 at the CONTINUE »

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Tay-Sachs brings death, heartache; take test ‘before it is too late’
BY Allie Freedman and Suzanne Pollak
October 2, 2014

For most people, the chances of being a Tay-Sachs carrier are one in 250. But Ashkenazi Jews face far worse odds with a “high-risk” carrier rate of one in 30, according to the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD). Yet, through screening, Tay-Sachs has been less prevalent in recent years among the Jewish population. CONTINUE »