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Some dog lovers celebrate their pets’ 13th birthdays by holding “bark mitzvahs®” — bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies for their animals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

Baltimore’s Grand Historic Venue now offers full catering services for kosher weddings, thanks to a partnership with O’Fishel Kosher Catering. The venue, which is next door to what used to be the Tremont Grand Hotel, previously only had the capacity to deliver pre-wrapped kosher meals for individual guests. With a separate kitchen, O’Fishel can now CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

ProtectSeniors.org, a Washington, D.C.- based nonprofit, is working to protect pensions, health care and Medicare for seniors and retirees. “Our nonprofit, ProtectSeniors.org, has written to the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means supporting the continued maintenance of Medicare, and I urge all retirees to work and stand together to make sure America’s senior generation CONTINUE »

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Jewish community reacts to Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

>> “Societies’ morals may shift and crumble, but eternal verities exist. One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman. Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court, but that sanctity remains untouched,” Agudath Israel said in a statement. >> “Loving families across our nation have been made whole. … CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
July 3, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, is recovering from major back surgery. Yosef, 93, was scheduled to be transferred out of the intensive care unit on Tuesday from the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem following the procedure on his spine the previous day. The spiritual leader of the Sephardi CONTINUE »