Witnesses To Conflict

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JERUSALEM — On June 29, 27 Jewish teenagers from Baltimore participated in a team-building exercise, working together to build rafts and then sailing them across the Sea of Galilee. It was a day of sun and sea, cooperation and fun. But as the teens sailed across the calm waters, they couldn’t help but notice the… Read More

Far from Home

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Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many… Read More

Comfortable with Questioning

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As a pre-med student, an aversion to hospitals turned out to be one of the best things for Jeffrey Kahn’s career. During his undergraduate work in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kahn was advised to gain hospital experience, so he took a job drawing blood from pre-operative patients. “I really hated going… Read More

Empowering Evening

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A torrential downpour on July 8 did not discourage dozens of women from turning out for Dessert and Brem, an event held at Congregation Ohr Simcha that was billed as an evening of education and empowerment for women. Chaired by Danielle Storch and Esther Sara Weiner and sponsored by the Chesed Fund with co-sponsors the… Read More

Emergency Israel Funds Launched

In light of the violence taking place in Israel, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has assured members of the Jewish community that they are closely monitoring the events taking place there. In partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The… Read More

A Loss of Credibility

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While Israel and Hamas have been mired in conflict for more than a week, U.S. officials have been mulling their limited options to pressure the parties into a cease-fire on a geopolitical map that is vastly different, and arguably much more complex, than previous conflicts. They’re finding that America has few dependable friends and less… Read More

Maller Receives Leadership Award

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Peter Maller, founder and president of Maller Wealth Advisors in Hunt Valley, has received the National Corporate Leadership Award from The Friends of Chabad at Johns Hopkins University, a student social service, humanitarian and support organization and a center for education and outreach activities serving the Jewish community. With more than 20 years of experience… Read More

‘Hard Choices’

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“Hard Choices,” the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attendant peace negotiations, Clinton, even in her own words, appears to be a passenger in the peace… Read More

Lone Soldier Fund Serves Thousands

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Talk about having a large family. Lt. Col. Tzvika Levy has his hands full. An officer who is part of an elite unit within the Israel Defense Force’s paratrooper brigade, Levy is also founder and director of Tzvika Levy’s Lone Soldiers. For the past 25 years, Levy has held this post, a position in which… Read More

To The Rescue

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Those who enjoy kosher baking can breathe a collective sigh of relief: There’s a new pareve chocolate chip in town. The spring of 2012 was a tough one for those who appreciate a good, chocolaty homemade dessert after a meat meal. Food retailer Trader Joe’s brutal announcement that May — that its popular pareve chocolate… Read More