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Montgomery County cases of whooping cough traced to Capital Camps
BY Suzanne Pollak and Alexa Laz
September 11, 2014

An outbreak involving at least 15 cases of whooping cough in Montgomery County is being traced back to a teenager who attended Capital Camps, which just announced the resignation of its camp director. Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is highly contagious and is transmitted through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
September 11, 2014

The programs were chosen as the top three submissions to DFI’s “Challenge of Collaborations,” which had 18 community organizations submit. The winning program, which received a $1,000 grant, was Jewish Community Gardening, the first runner-up was Four Rabbis, Five Opinions, and the second runner-up was the Center for Jewish Education’s Jewish Deaf-Blind Shabbaton. Jewish Community CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
September 11, 2014

After a decade as a public school administrator, Marty Rochlin is going back to camp as the new director of Camp Airy. Rochlin, a former camper, assistant director and programming director at the camp, takes over the Jewish boys overnight camp following the retirement of Rick Frankle. “I’m looking forward to coming back to play,” CONTINUE »

Jewish organizations disappointed in Obama immigration delay
BY Marc Shapiro
September 11, 2014

Several Jewish organizations have expressed their disappointment in President Barack Obama’s delay on addressing immigration until after the mid-term elections in November. Speaking to the new host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, on Sunday, the president justified breaking an earlier promise that he would reform immigration policy by executive order by the end CONTINUE »

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For ground-breaking comedienne Joan Rivers, it was all about getting a laugh
BY Ian Zelaya
September 11, 2014

The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at CONTINUE »