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BY Patti Neumann
July 18, 2013

Have you heard of Instagram? It is a photo-sharing site that now boasts more than 100 million users. Facebook recently bought it for $1 billion. Instagram touts itself as the app that helps you “capture and share the world’s moments.” And that’s not so far off; Instagram is an easy, fast and fun way to CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer
July 18, 2013

This was my third funeral of a similar kind. The death of yet another young adult, Peter (Avniel) who did not simply “die,” but was pursued mercilessly by a ravaging disease that often goes unnamed at funerals and rips the heart and guts out of all who know it by name: mental illness. Depression, bipolar CONTINUE »

Beth El Trip - 07.16.2013
BY Barbara Levenson
July 16, 2013

Eighteen years ago my husband, Marvin and I took our first trip to Israel. We returned to the United States with a greater appreciation of the courageous Israelis and their country. This year, thanks to Beth El, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit Israel. Even though my situation had changed (my husband passed away CONTINUE »

BY Rita Plaut
July 11, 2013

The rose still holds its blossoms, even after a journey of 6,000 miles and several weeks. Perhaps it’s a good omen, a sign that our visit will bring long-lasting momentum for coexistence. For the 46 Krieger Schechter eighth-graders who boarded the El Al plane in May for our school trip, setting foot on the land CONTINUE »

BY Dana Goldenberg
July 11, 2013

At 51/2 years old, I experienced one of the hardest changes of my life. My family, which until then had resided in Haifa, Israel, moved to Baltimore. Living in Israel, Judaism was constantly a part of my life. Every Friday evening, my immediate family would accompany my saba and savtah (grandparents) to shul and later CONTINUE »