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AIPAC 2014: Baltimore Goes To AIPAC

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When he took the dais Monday morning to kick off that day’s installment of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke with urgency about the tumultuous situation in the Middle East, the importance of Israel on the world stage and the threat of a nuclear Iran. The message… Read More

Engagement: The Jewish Way

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In any given week throughout the year, there are dozens of events in the greater Baltimore area aimed at engaging young Jewish adults. In many ways this age group represents the future of Judaism. They know that, and so do the people programming events to attract them to their Jewish faith, to their culture and… Read More

All In The Family

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It’s been almost 14 years since Emily Hecht and Owings Mills-based psychologist Eve Band published “Autism Through a Sister’s Eyes: A Young Girl’s View of Her Brother’s Autism.” Nowadays, Hecht, who grew up in Pikesville, is a 23-year-old graduate student at Washington University in Indiana. Recently, she recalled what it was like for her as… Read More

Baltimore Community Goes to Annapolis

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More than 100 local community members made their way to Annapolis Feb. 5 to participate in the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Advocacy Day, during which they met with state officials to discuss issues important to the city’s Jewish population. Among the agenda items for the group were the following: allowing the shipment of kosher wine into… Read More

Great Beginnings

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One dollar was all it took. At least, that’s how longtime director Sara Yudlson recounted the start of Camp Louise in a self-published history. Post World War I, she writes, immigrants were pouring into the United States. Many young women worked long hours in crowded, unsafe factories. Lillie Meyer Straus, the wife of Aaron Straus,… Read More

Out &About

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Kinderkool

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Now that most camps have outlawed junk food in the bunks, filling camp care packages is harder than ever. Let’s face it, most of our kids don’t really need any of the things we send. They just like to get packages. Woe to the terrible parent (I’ve been one) who doesn’t even send one. And… Read More

The Push For $10.10

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For Monique Tracy, raising Maryland’s minimum wage would be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and having some money to spare. “It would help me a lot,” said Tracy, 25, an employee at a Rite Aid in Pikesville. Tracy has been working at the store for two years. Her $8-an-hour salary must pay her… Read More

Day Schools Try To Put New Face On Financial Aid

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Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem. Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah had plenty of students from lower-income families and a number from affluent ones. But it couldn’t seem to recruit and retain many middle-class students, even as it devoted increasing amounts to financial aid. Middle-class parents “felt… Read More

Mitzvah Day

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Upward of 1,000 people packed rooms at both the Park Heights and Owings Mills branches of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for this year’s Mitzvah Day, assembling winter care packages, making peanut butter sandwiches and taking part in other activities to benefit those less fortunate in the Baltimore area. “Mitzvah Day brought out… Read More