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Obama taps Saperstein as ambassador of international religious freedom
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 14, 2014

After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the CONTINUE »

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Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon receives donations from Sinai Medical Center
BY Melissa Gerr
August 14, 2014

Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 14, 2014

Beth Israel Congregation announced Rabbi Rachel Blatt as its new director of lifelong learning. Blatt, who has been involved in Jewish education since college, graduated from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University, in Los Angeles in May. As director of lifelong learning, she will develop educational programs for adults, families and children, CONTINUE »

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Longtime Camp Airy fixture to retire
BY Simone Ellin
August 14, 2014

It only takes five minutes with Rick Frankle to know that he is a mensch. And Frankle has spent the better part of three decades at Camp Airy, teaching boys and younger men to become menschen too. Frankle, 57, who has served as the camp’s director since 2002, will retire at the end of this CONTINUE »

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Preschoolers’ garden plants seeds for knowledge, growth
BY Allie Freedman
August 14, 2014

At Bet Yeladim’s new Jewish teaching garden — Gan Ellen in Columbia — preschool students learn Jewish values in a hands-on environment. “The best way to teach children is to get their hands dirty,” said Bet Yeladim’s executive director, Jodi Fishman. “By having an educational garden in our school, we are able to provide Jewish CONTINUE »