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Renovated Beth El mikvah is opportunity for community members to transition and transform their lives
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Walk into the mikvah at Beth El Congregation and the tile sparkles — literally. Its healing waters call out, “You are at Heaven’s gate. Connect with God.” It sounds like the start of a good novel — fiction, of course. But the Beth El mikvah, transformed this past year from a beautiful ritual CONTINUE »

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From tragedy, something beautiful
BY Simone Ellin
December 19, 2013

Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for CONTINUE »

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A talk with journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 19, 2013

Yossi Klein Halevi is an American immigrant to Israel and the author of a new and powerful book, “Like Dreamers,” in which he adds an important dimension to the story of Israel from the euphoria of the 1967 Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the subsequent 40 years. Halevi’s work as a journalist and CONTINUE »

BY Jon Goldman
December 19, 2013

Is it true that only 7 percent of success is what you say? When you speak, only 7 percent of what you’re conveying comes from your words. The rest comes from nonverbal communication, which can make the difference between closing or losing a prospect, encouraging or exasperating an employee or even soothing or upsetting a CONTINUE »

BY Elliot Lasson
December 19, 2013

In this final installation of my column, I reflect on the topics that have been of interest to me over the past year. I also look at the current state of employment (including in Jewish Baltimore) as well as ahead to employment’s future. I have preached the importance of having an elevator speech to concisely CONTINUE »