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Installation of new Kotel platform causes comment, concern
BY Suzanne Pollak
August 29, 2013

Israel’s self-described interim solution covering where and how women can pray at the Western Wall hasn’t stopped Jews from all sides of the issue from wanting to bang their heads against a wall. A 4,840-square-foot platform designed to accommodate up to 450 worshippers at a time was just installed. The new prayer plaza, connected by CONTINUE »

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National study shows young Jews more engaged than assumed
BY Meredith Jacobs
August 29, 2013

A bold headline proclaims that young Jews are more likely than their parents’ generation to go to Jewish day schools and camps and yet are less connected to Israel and Judaism. But is that really the case? In a poll of 1,874 Jews conducted by Laszlo Strategies on behalf of Jerusalem U, 45 percent of CONTINUE »

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BY Phil Jacobs
August 29, 2013

“If you want to be joyful, you create the joy.” — Rabbi Zelig Pliskin Betty Cherniak is happy. She defines her happiness as “the intersection of serenity and peacefulness.” And she has a chevra that feels the same way. Each Tuesday evening a group of about 10 to 12 Happiness Club members meet at the CONTINUE »

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David Kowitz does not let dyslexia get in the way of success
BY Phil Jacobs
August 29, 2013

Meet David Kowitz, vice president of business development at Resource Real Estate Services LLC for the Owings Mills office. He is an attorney who earned his jurist doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. And he received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University. He is also the host of Baltimore CBS Radio’s “Dave CONTINUE »

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Following a father’s footsteps back to Prague
BY Hillel Kuttler
August 29, 2013

As a girl in Seattle, Anne Bush evinced little interest in the Holocaust, even though her father, Harry, was a survivor whose mother, sister and brother-in-law had been murdered. But as a mother in Baltimore, by then known as Chana Staiman, she gradually was drawn to the period, spurred in part by her elder son, CONTINUE »