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Local teen takes on the world
BY Simone Ellin
August 1, 2013

Zach Ranen could be our first Jewish president. He’s that impressive. With preppy good looks, impeccable manners and a resume as long as his arm, Zach, a 17-year-old Gilman student, inspires confidence. At Gilman, Zach plays lacrosse, and this coming year, when he’s a senior, he will be captain of the water polo team. A CONTINUE »

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Pikesville native competing in ‘American Ninja Warrior’
BY David Snyder
August 1, 2013

Adam Grossman knows what’s at stake. One slip, one lost grip, one poor jump. That’s all it takes to be eliminated from contention on “American Ninja Warrior,” an all-around athletic contest that has aired on NBC, and its sister network, G4, since 2009. However, that demanding physical challenge is what keeps Grossman, 29, coming back CONTINUE »

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Palestinians, Israelis launch new round of negotiations; public skeptical yet somehow optimistic
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 1, 2013

Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under CONTINUE »

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HIAS editorial sparks dialogue, shows there is still a place for Jewish refugee organization
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 1, 2013

The July 26 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for, as the editorial put it, “an orderly CONTINUE »

BY Mark Hetfield
August 1, 2013

The Torah reiterates, no less than 36 times, the commandment to love the stranger as ourselves, for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. The Exodus narrative is not just about the suffering and flight of the Jews, but it delivers a universal message about Jewish commitment to human rights and refugee protection. CONTINUE »