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A reporter begins putting together the puzzle of his own ancestry
BY Marc Shapiro
August 14, 2014

I must confess. Although I consider myself somewhat of a history buff and do what I can to continue to educate myself, it wasn’t until this year that I started to dig into my family genealogy. In college, I studied the African diaspora, took a class on the Holocaust, learned about pieces of American history CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 14, 2014

For locals hoping to dig into their family’s roots, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland can help. The group teaches classes, holds talks with experts and tries to arm people with the tools they need to do effective research. “Now, because of the internet, there is significantly more material available from your home,” Dick Goldman, CONTINUE »

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Obama taps Saperstein as ambassador of international religious freedom
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 14, 2014

After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the CONTINUE »

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Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon receives donations from Sinai Medical Center
BY Melissa Gerr
August 14, 2014

Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 14, 2014

Beth Israel Congregation announced Rabbi Rachel Blatt as its new director of lifelong learning. Blatt, who has been involved in Jewish education since college, graduated from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University, in Los Angeles in May. As director of lifelong learning, she will develop educational programs for adults, families and children, CONTINUE »