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BY Dmitriy Shapiro
February 6, 2014

Efforts to keep a significant collection of artifacts seized from Iraq’s Jewish community by Saddam Hussein from being returned to the Gulf nation by the United States may be picking up steam on Capitol Hill. With just months to go before a June deadline mandates the return of the religious archive, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), CONTINUE »

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Synagogue in London will commemorate 50th anniversary of the trust that refurbished, redistributed the historic scrolls all over the world
BY Marc Shapiro
February 6, 2014

On Thursday, Feb. 6, Paula Farbman boarded a plane to London with a treasure sitting on her lap. Inside a zipped clothing travel bag and encased in bubble wrap was a Torah scroll that dated to the 1700s and was used in a small Czech town that was decimated by the Holocaust. The scroll is CONTINUE »

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ASA’s Academic Boycott of Israel Surfaces at Budget and Taxation Hearing in Annapolis.
BY Melissa Gerr
February 6, 2014

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Greg Simmons, vice president, testified at a hearing of the budget and taxation subcommittee on education in Annapolis. The testimony, which was met with general praise, included plans of innovative course redesign, use of data analytics and collaboration with educational institutions. Most CONTINUE »

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Institution will be moving to home of now-defunct Shoshana S. Cardin School
BY Marc Shapiro
February 6, 2014

Ohr Chadash Academy will be moving to a new space for the 2014-2015 school year to accommodate its growing size. The K-8 Orthodox day school will be moving to the second floor of Temple Oheb Shalom, the former home of the Shoshana S. Cardin School, which closed in 2013. Ohr Chadash, which has been open CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
February 6, 2014

The Baltimore Jewish Council passed a policy statement at its Jan. 30 meeting condemning deceptive proselytizing. “For centuries, attempts have been made to convert the Jewish people to Christianity, and the Jewish community has always resisted these attempts,” the statement said. “In that vein, it is disconcerting that these ‘Messianic Jews’ or ‘Hebrew Christians’ have CONTINUE »