Exodus to Egypt

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the expulsion of thousands of Jews from Turkish-ruled Palestine to Egypt, in a dramatic reversal of the historic exodus from the Land of the Pharaohs to the Land of Israel. But from that tragic episode in 1914 would emerge a Jewish fighting force that would help liberate the… Read More

The Freedom Summer of 1964

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At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, Miss., the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves. It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back in 1964 and have gone on to do… Read More

Family Owned & Proud of It

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For most people, a bad day at the office might involve bad coffee, an angry customer or a tidal wave of emails. For the Levinson family, all of that pales in comparison to burying a child, something it does on a relatively regular basis. “There’s no room for mistakes here,” said Matt Levinson, the fifth… Read More

New Lease on Life

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Not many people who battle drug addiction and Hepatitis C live to tell about it. Yet, 62-year-old Baltimorean and former county drug czar Mike Gimbel fought and conquered both. Gimbel, a former heroin addict, spent his teenage years leading a double life. By day, he was a typical Jewish boy from Pikesville. By night, he… Read More

In It Together

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History was made last Sunday at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center when two martial arts students tested and achieved their black belts in karate. After more than a decade of study, practice and hard work, Nadav Korman, 18, and Andy Sokal, 23, completed the final stage of their testing Sunday morning with friends and… Read More

Inspired Silver

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From the cobblestone steps of the Old City to Jewish community centers across the East Coast, Doron Cohen, owner of Doron Gallery and highly acclaimed filigree jeweler, transports the spirit of Safed, Israel to America this summer. Born in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, Cohen followed in the footsteps of his parents, Yemenite… Read More

Three JCC Lifeguards Honored

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Earlier this summer, JCC lifeguards Andrew Minkin, Jalina Ray and Jennifer Siegel’s skills were put to the test. Fortunately, all three of the Red Cross-trained lifeguards passed with flying colors, saving the life of a young boy. When Ray spotted an 8-year-old swimmer, wearing a mask and snorkel, who seemed to be struggling in the… Read More

Prize-Winning Provisions

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Dr. Steven Adashek is expert at many things: from birthing babies to baking bread. The latter has garnered him much attention from judges at the Maryland State Fair, where, in 2011, he won the highest Home Arts honor possible, the prestigious Hellen Burns Smyth Award — the “best of” across all possible categories — for… Read More

Reverse Birthright

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Gur Alroey, chair of the School of History at the University of Haifa and director of the Israeli school’s pioneering Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, has likened a 10-day United States trip for the program’s students to “Reverse Taglit,” referring to the free Taglit-Birthright trips of the same length that bring diaspora Jews to… Read More

Is the GOP the pro-Israel party?

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A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans more sympathetic than Democrats to Israel has Republican Jewish activists crowing and their Democratic counterparts questioning whether the poll gives an accurate picture of support for Israel. “For years, public opinion polls have documented the large gap in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans… Read More