A Good Start

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ATHENS, Greece — Jewish groups say the passage of a bill banning Holocaust denial and imposing harsher penalties for hate speech is an important milestone in the fight against Greece’s rising neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.   “This comes very late but not too late,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said. Greece’s parliament passed the… Read More

Doing What It Takes

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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… Read More

Still Waiting

Photo by Melissa Gerr

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… Read More

Against All Odds

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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… Read More

‘A Jewish Disease’

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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… Read More

A Time for Renewal

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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… Read More

Pulpit Swap

When the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted in June to divest from three American companies that do business with Israel, Rev. Andrew Foster Connors of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church wasted no time to call his friend, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Andrew Busch. This week, on the heels of a 50-day war between Israel and… Read More

The Heart of the Matter

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Jack Rose’s father and two half-brothers died from heart disease before they were 50, and when Jack suffered a heart attack in 1984 in his 40s, he feared he might follow in their footsteps, especially after doctors told him “not to bother putting more money in my pension” and gave him about five years to… Read More

Baltimore Gets a Glimpse of Obama

Photo by Marc Shapiro

More than 200 people lined the streets of Northwest Baltimore last Friday afternoon in the hopes of catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama on his way to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Yosef Wiener and his wife left their Shabbat meal cooking to walk about a half mile from their… Read More

Gilead Sciences Comes to Capitol Hill

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U.S. biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences briefed members of Congress last week about the impact and developments of new Hepatitis C medications. Led by Gilead Vice President Coy Stout, the event showcased physicians’ and patients’ perspectives on the liver disease, bringing a panel that included Dr. Natarajan Ravendhran, chief of gastroenterology and liver disease at St…. Read More