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Donald Sterling brought out universal condemnation from Jewish organizations
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 8, 2014

Following the fallout from the recording of racist comments by the Jewish owner of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers, Jewish organizations, both local and national, moved quickly to take the focus off his ethnicity and remind the country of the Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. Meanwhile, elements of the Jewish community CONTINUE »

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J Street vote opens up umbrella group to criticism
BY David Holzel
May 8, 2014

Last week’s vote against admitting the dovish pro-Israel group J Street into the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations may not have surprised many. J Street, with its adamant call for a two-state solution and its criticism of the Israeli government’s settlement policy, puts it to the left of most of the 50 CONTINUE »

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J Street rejected by American Jewish umbrella group in ‘big tent’ litmus test
BY Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage, JNS.org
May 8, 2014

In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry’s outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week voted 22-17 (with three abstentions) to reject the membership application of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby. J Street secured the votes of only CONTINUE »

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At 9 years old, JCC swimmer Alan Cherches is making huge waves
BY Melissa Gerr | Photos by David Stuck
May 8, 2014

More than pizza and sharks motivate Owings Mills JCC Barracudas swim team member Alan Cherches. He also calls upon goal setting, time management and technique improvement. And at the age of 9, he has the track record to back it up. Last year, Cherches broke many of 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’ 8-and-under records, CONTINUE »

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Beth Tfiloh hosts political commentator Charles Krauthammer
BY Simone Ellin
May 8, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and self-described conservative Charles Krauthammer gave his audience plenty of red meat Sunday to hurl at the left-leaning set, and judging from his reception, it didn’t appear that many of them were sitting in the Beth Tefiloh Congregation’s Dahan Sanctuary. In what was billed as the inaugural Haron Dahan Lecture, Krauthammer, CONTINUE »