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‘Lubavitchers Can Do Anything’ New book delves into past, present and future of Chabad

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It’s been 12 years since Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, pointed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a source of inspiration for his own movement’s synagogues and congregants. “It is hard for me to say this, but I will say it nonetheless,” he told attendees of the Reform biennial… Read More

A Test for the Big Tent

What is an individual’s responsibility for decorum inside an open tent of the Jewish community? And how should the community respond to peaceful demonstrations within its walls? These questions were put to the test recently at a public event in Pittsburgh, where Israeli Consul General Yaron Sideman spoke at the Jewish Community Center. In advance… Read More

Beyond a Backpack HoCo community helps students in need

Roy and Sue Appletree have coordinated the Prepare for Success program in Howard County for eight years. (Justin Katz)

When Roy and Sue Appletree began donating to Prepare for Success, a nonprofit program that collects school supplies for students undergoing financial hardship in Howard County, they didn’t anticipate they would eventually be asked to coordinate the program. Howard County, with a median household income of $109,865, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has been… Read More

Senate Candidates Square Off Van Hollen’s history contrasts with Edwards’ grassroots ideology

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (left) and Terry O’Neill, NOW president, listen as Rep. Donna Edwards makes a point.

Rep. Donna Edwards was the first to take a direct swipe at her main Democratic rival for the open seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Speaking Sunday at a candidates forum in Rockville hosted by the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Prince George’s County Democrat and District 4 congressional… Read More

Wake-Up Call For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability

Thousands of demonstrators in Moscow protest the murder of Boris Nemtsov.
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During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the Press Freedom Index and where several of Putin’s critics have… Read More

Parakeet Wins Purim Pet Contest

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Out of 18 submissions, Ike the Parakeet won the Jewish Times Purim Pet Contest. The parakeet, owned by Janet Ziffer of Columbia, was pictured on top of a mini-football with the Green Bay Packers logo, in a mini Green Bay Packers sweatshirt and sporting a cheese head hat. “I wouldn’t have thought in Maryland a… Read More

‘No One Stuck Up for Us’

LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family, and their three kids were happy in school. Then this past summer, during the conflict between Israel and Gaza, they decided it was definitely… Read More

Audacity

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By Melanie Crowder Philomel, 400 pages With an eye-catching title audacious in its simplicity, this beautifully written book succeeds in an equally audacious mission by pulling the reader into the world of Clara Lemlich. With each chapter of verse perfectly pieced together, the reader can truly feel the emotions Clara, a Russian Jewish immigrant who… Read More

Tech Firms Increasingly Toe Europe’s Line on Hate Speech

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A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits. The 2013 ruling by the Paris Court of Appeals settled a lawsuit brought… Read More