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High Holiday ‘Miracle’ 15 years ago, through tragedy, one man’s devotion to Judaism renewed

Fifteen years ago, Frank Levy rushed to George Runkles’ hospital room, bracing himself for the inevitable. But he wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. Levy, 89, of Parkville, who is widowed and has one daughter of his own, Deborah Lynn, considered Runkles a son. He took him in as a troubled teenager and raised… Read More

How to Eat Jewish in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — The Kosher Café in Shanghai’s Hongqaio District holds eight tables, each draped in white linen and covered with clear plastic. Two middle-aged businessmen, one in a kippah, chat quietly over their fish and chips. A teenager in a black fedora looks up from his computer as I enter the room. He nods and… Read More

Disgraced Journalist Arrested for Making Eight Bomb Threats

Law enforcement agencies this morning arrested a disgraced journalist who allegedly made eight threatening phone calls to Jewish institutions in January and February. Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in Saint Louis, Mo. A Justice Department press release alleges that he made the calls as part of an effort to harass and incriminate a woman with whom… Read More

Israel’s Economy Expected to Slow in 2017

Israel’s economy hummed along in 2016 with an impressive estimated economic growth rate of 3.5 percent. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, “this year has been an outlier,” said Avi Weiss, executive director of the Jerusalem-based Taub Center for Social Policy, a nonpartisan, socioeconomic think tank. Israel’s economy has been growing slowly in the 2010s, and… Read More

5 Go-To Venues

A bar or bat mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime simchah that brings friends and family together for a joyous occasion to celebrate a Jewish child’s coming of age. Choosing a venue might seem like a daunting task consisting only of liking a space or not, but in reality, it is a crucial decision that sets the… Read More

Chicken Soup Cook-Off Winners and Recipes

Best Chicken Soup in Maryland: Betsey Kahn’s “Good Old Fashioned Chicken Soup” INGREDIENTS: 1  Roasting chicken 3 Carrots, sliced 4 Celery stalks, sliced 3 medium Onions, sliced 2 large Cloves of garlic ½ large Lemon, juice and rind 1 Tsp Pepper 1 Tbsp Salt 1 Tbsp SeasonAll 6 C Water 1 ½ C medium Barley… Read More

Classroom Conundrum County schools wrestle with air conditioning, calendar

The new school year brings new teachers, old friends and for some kids and parents a countdown to the next summer break. But for Baltimore County students and parents, a number of lingering issues resurfaced right at the  outset of the 2016-17 school year. High-heat weekdays forced county schools without air conditioning to close twice… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of  Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes,  released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes, released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More