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Ben Hyman leads charge to revitalize downtown neighborhood
BY Heather Norris
March 27, 2014

Photos by David Stuck The revitalization of Baltimore’s most un-kosher neighborhood, historic Pigtown, is being led — perhaps surprisingly — by a Jew. Ben Hyman is the executive director of Pigtown Main Street, one of 10 Main Street programs sponsored by the Baltimore Development Corporation. Though he doesn’t eat pork, his world, in many ways, CONTINUE »

BY Dmitriy Shapiro
March 27, 2014

Underdog Republican candidate David Jolly’s victory in Florida’s 13th congressional district on March 11 is being hotly debated by both sides of the aisle on whether the contest is an indicator of things to come in the 2014 midterm election later this year. The district west of Tampa is like many in Florida, home to CONTINUE »

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As Jobbik popularity grows, Hungary’s governing party increases its nationalist rhetoric
BY Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
March 27, 2014

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A lone heckler tried to disrupt him, but Hungarian lawmaker Janos Hargitai was undeterred as he spoke earlier this month at a memorial day gathering in Hungary commemorating the 1848 revolution there. The holiday marks Hungary’s attempt to break free from the Austrian Empire, and Hargitai, sandwiched between two Hungarian flags, was CONTINUE »

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As Syrian civil war rages, neighboring Israel faces familiar and emerging threats
BY Sean Savage/JNS.org
March 27, 2014

March 15 marked the third anniversary of the beginning of unrest that led to the ongoing Syrian civil war. As the conflict drags on into its fourth year with no end in sight, Israel — which shares a contentious United Nations-patrolled border with Syria in the Golan Heights region — finds itself in a precarious CONTINUE »

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An evening of personal stories capture irony, essence and humor of Jewish life
BY Melissa Gerr
March 27, 2014

Bolton Street Synagogue and The Stoop Storytelling Series are teaming up to present “It’s Complicated: Stories about the Joys and Oys of Contemporary Jewish Life.” The April 5 event will feature six storytellers, some of whom are well-known locals, telling their own personal stories — humorous, poignant and surprising  — about being Jewish. WBAL-TV anchor CONTINUE »