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BY Heather Norris
October 3, 2013

While many local high school students were sitting in class or relaxing at lunch on a recent Wednesday afternoon, 16 boys from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School gathered in a sukkah to celebrate the final day of Sukkot. “Introduce yourselves. Say what grade you’re in and what your favorite holiday is,” CONTINUE »

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Study highlights Jewish engagement, ideas and views
BY Maayan Jaffe & Uriel Heilman
October 3, 2013

There are a lot more Jews in America than you may have thought — an estimated 6.8 million, according to a new study. But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their children Jewish or connect with Jewish institutions. The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
October 3, 2013

If you are a Jewish woman struggling with infertility, technological and medical advances have provided you with a lot of options in recent decades. But if you are looking to have a Jewish child, the road ahead may be a little bumpier than you think. Jewish egg donors are some of the most sought-after donors CONTINUE »

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J Street policy conference rallies youth, falls short on effectively moving the conversation forward
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 3, 2013

The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the CONTINUE »

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Baltimore screening of ‘Here One Day’ offers much-needed opportunity to discuss painful issues of mental illness, suicide
BY Simone Ellin
October 3, 2013

Here one day, gone the next. That’s what it feels like when a loved one dies — especially when that person takes his or her own life. That’s the focus of “Here One Day,” a highly personal 2012 documentary by award-winning Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter. The film is about her mother, Nina Leichter, who jumped CONTINUE »