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Building has served as temporary home for 8,000 families on extended hospital stays at Sinai
BY Marc Shapiro
May 1, 2014

For the last decade, more than 30,000 people from 8,000 families from all over the United States and the world have had a second home at the Sinai Hospital campus. The Hackerman-Patz House has served as a place to rest and make new friends for patients undergoing a variety of extended treatments and their families. CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
May 1, 2014

More than 700 young Jewish athletes from 15 cities will pour into the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center next week to compete in the Junior Maccabi Games. “It’s looking pretty good,” said Bradley Kerxton, middle school program director at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, of the local delegation’s odds of success this year. As the CONTINUE »

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Etz Chaim presents inaugural Women’s Day of Wisdom
BY Simone Ellin
May 1, 2014

Since 2010, Rabbi Yisroel Porter and his wife, Chaya Porter, of Baltimore’s Etz Chaim Center have been offering programs for young families of all Jewish affiliations through their Jewish Family Institute. Programs for Jewish women such as free women’s trips to Israel through the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, Roughly Rosh Hodesh and the Jewish Moms CONTINUE »

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Modeling activity creates a connection that spans generations
BY Melissa Gerr
May 1, 2014

Architect Stephen Schwartz and his wife, Bunny, hauled 70,000 Lego pieces from their Building Blocks Workshops in New Jersey to Beth El Congregation last weekend to host Lego Jerusalem — an event one had to see through to the end to believe. At 10:15 last Sunday morning, about 130 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Beth CONTINUE »

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With overtures to Hamas, Fatah weighs political future
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 1, 2014

Now that Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a Palestinian unity government, opinions are mixed on what this means for Israel, for the Palestinians and for the future of the peace process. Israel suspended peace negotiations a day after the April 23 announcement that the rival factions agreed to bridge their differences. It calls CONTINUE »