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Mah Jongg is the talk of the town at the Jewish Museum
BY Heather Norris
April 3, 2014

For years, the clicking of the colorful tiles taunted Donna Beth Joy Shapiro. She wanted to learn the game, but she couldn’t find anyone to teach her. “It was the most mysterious thing my mother did,” said Shapiro of her mother’s regular mah jongg games. Finally, Shapiro attended an instructional event hosted by the Jewish CONTINUE »

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Northeastern pro-Palestinian group’s actions raise civil rights concerns
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 3, 2014

American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestine student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation. The CONTINUE »

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GOP Jews focus on Israel, while contenders focus on Adelson
BY Anthony Weiss, JTA
April 3, 2014

LAS VEGAS — The GOP Jewish faithful descended in force on Sin City, turning out in record numbers and striking a feisty, combative tone at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference. According to organizers, some 400 people attended the gathering, where they were feted with poker and golf tournaments and wooed by presidential hopefuls. “In CONTINUE »

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Interfaith leaders share visions for Baltimore
BY Simone Ellin
April 3, 2014

From the moment he took the microphone at the 54th annual Interfaith Institute at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, it was clear that keynote speaker Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, senior pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, meant business. This year’s topic was “When There is No Vision, Community Will Perish.” Connor began by referencing BHC’s CONTINUE »

Group shares stories of struggles after coming out
BY Ian Zelaya
April 3, 2014

The night Gidon Feen came out as gay at his Orthodox high school after-graduation party, he said he could feel his stomach boiling. While he had come out to his close friends in 11th grade, this was his entire high school. “Oh, by the way, I’m gay and I’m coming out tonight,” he said. And CONTINUE »