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Associated allocations shed light on community collaboration, strength
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore closed its campaign on June 30 with $30 million in annual campaign revenue and an additional $15.7 million from other funding sources. The income allowed The Associated to allocate to its agencies at a rate of 99 percent in the aggregate and to launch some new initiatives, although CONTINUE »

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Pro-Israel and other politicians questioning Obama’s choice of Samantha Power as ambassador to the UN
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
July 11, 2013

A panel of conservative political activists, writers and former military officers convened last week at the National Press Club to sharply criticize President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power as permanent ambassador to the United Nations. The event served as an announcement that those concerns had been laid out in a letter to Senate Majority CONTINUE »

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As Tisha B’Av commences, a look at the Kotel and whether, with present battles, it can still stand as the foremost icon of Jewish unity
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer CONTINUE »

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With Jacob A. Frenkel as new head of Bank of Israel, economists are hopeful
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

On American Independence Day, a committee headed by Judge Yaakov Turkel approved a new governor of the economy, so to speak, when it approved the appointment of Jacob A. Frenkel as the new governor of the Bank of Israel. This is the second time Frenkel, who replaces Stanley Fischer, has filled the role. He had CONTINUE »

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Ron Dermer bringing loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness to new post
BY Ron Kampeas
July 11, 2013

I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the CONTINUE »