A Lifelong Connection

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Starting in just a couple of days, nearly 250 young Jewish adults from Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., will leave their American homes and hop on a plane to the Holy Land. Now in its 11th season, Masa Israel Journey sends more than 10,000 Diaspora Jews to live, work and study in Israel each… Read More

JCC Swimmers, Coach Qualify for Select Camp

For the second year in a row the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore will send two swimmers to the Olympic Training Center as part of the Maryland Swimming Select Camp. For the first time, they will be joined by one of their coaches. Head coach Brendan McElroy and swimmers Adam Todd and Olivia Plant… Read More

Horseshoe Casino Is State’s Fifth

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which Tuesday night became the fifth gaming hall to open in Maryland in as many years, features 122,000 feet of gaming space. With a price tag of $442 million and only 12 miles from its direct competition, Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, it is located just south of the harbor… Read More

Anatomy of a Cease-Fire

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After numerous failed attempts at achieving a lasting cease-fire between the Hamas government and Israel (there have been at least 11 as of press time), negotiators in Cairo on Tuesday claimed to have reached a new cease-fire agreement. Although details of the agreement have yet to be released, some experts are skeptical it will hold,… Read More

Ariely Brings Israel Realities to Baltimore

Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership director Sigal Ariely spoke at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Monday night about what it’s like to live in Israel during the recent upheaval. “You read about it, you see the pictures on the news, but it just doesn’t compare when you hear firsthand how one person, one community or one family is affected on… Read More

Commitment to Activism

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Hedy Epstein made headlines around the world last week when she was arrested at a protest in St. Louis. The 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was one of nine people arrested in front of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office at an Aug. 18 protest against the governor’s handling of the fallout from the Michael Brown shooting. When… Read More

A Second Family

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TEL AVIV — When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had died fighting in Gaza, she knew the army had lost a fellow lone soldier. The official announcement came soon afterward as Kleyman, 19, was sitting in a Tel Aviv… Read More

A Long Time Coming

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Four deputies of the French National Assembly visited Washington, D.C., and New York City last month, but this was no sightseeing holiday. The French officials met with representatives of B’nai B’rith International in the District and visited New York State’s Department of Finance, two very different organizations that share the same expertise sought by the… Read More

Clock Ticking

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For the first time in 80 years, the United States could find itself without an international export credit agency if Congress does not reauthorize the charter of the United States Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on Sept. 30. Little controversy surrounded the bank’s reauthorization process before 2012, but the slow recovery from the… Read More

Enough’s Enough

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AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands — After the latest attack on his home, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs sat down on his couch, picked up the phone and made three calls. A chief rabbi of the Netherlands, Jacobs first phoned police and a Jewish community leader to tell them that late on the night of July 17, just more… Read More