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June 12, 2014

Counselors from Camps Louise and Airy and Capital Camps were treated to a 10-day trip to Israel, thanks to a collaboration between Birthright Israel and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Center for Jewish Camping. The 14 counselors spent 10 days together visiting Jerusalem, the Galilei, the Golan Heights and Tel Aviv and taking CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
June 12, 2014

Baltimore-based Wrapunzel, a company and website offering help and instruction on head wrapping, hosted its first Baltimore event earlier this month. The event featured scarves for purchase in addition to tools and techniques to help women get creative with their head coverings. “There’s an art to it and a science to it,” said Rivka Malka CONTINUE »

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Reuven Rivlin, Israeli presidential front-runner, champions pluralism in politics but not Judaism
BY Ben Sales/JTA
June 5, 2014

TEL AVIV — The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title. Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to succeed Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post chosen by CONTINUE »

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N.Y. Democrat is building a pro-Jewish record in Congress
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 5, 2014

She may not be flashy, a firebrand speechmaker or even very well-known outside of her Queens congressional district, but despite her brief legislative career, freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has become one of Congress’ most steadfast supporters of Israel and Jewish issues. Along the way she has endeared herself to colleagues and supporters on both CONTINUE »

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For Ukrainian Jews, far-right’s electoral defeat is proof that Putin lied
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
June 5, 2014

To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia and Russian-backed CONTINUE »