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Welcome the Stranger

As partisans haggle over the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, the American Jewish community is applauding an effort many Jews have long fought for. Rabbi Michael Ramberg has been working with Philadelphia’s immigrant community since he was a rabbinical student. “I’m glad he’s doing something,” Ramberg, who serves as immigration working… Read More

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No Place Like JTown

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the mercury dropping to below freezing on some nights, the season for outdoor playdates is dwindling. But starting Dec. 1, parents with infants and young children can breathe a sigh of relief. According to officials at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, JTown, a new child-sized play space on… Read More

Black Friday Watch

Somewhere between turkey and stuffing and pie and ice cream, many retailers hope you and your family find the time to shop for some televisions, tablets or toys. The ever-growing Black Friday phenomenon of price-slashing sales expanded in 2012 for the first time ever into Thanksgiving Day when Wal-Mart announced that it would be opening… Read More

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‘Coming of Age’

The Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis played host to 150 members of the county’s Jewish community who came together Nov. 16 at Howard Community College to participate in the Global Day of Jewish Learning. Attendees were treated to presentations by 14 area rabbis who expanded on the theme,… Read More

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Through the Eyes of Dinah

“The Red Tent,” the best-selling 1997 novel by Anita Diamant, is coming to the Lifetime cable television network next month as a two-part miniseries. Diamant’s novel, adapted for film by Elizabeth Chandler (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) and Anne Meredith (“Secrets of Eden”), gives a fictionalized account of the life of Dinah, the only… Read More

The Need to Inspire

Yuli Edelstein, the refusenik whose wife, Tatiana, once staged a hunger strike during his incarceration in a Siberian gulag, spent months during his initial interrogation in 1984 praying in his cell while donning tefillin without the halachically mandated black leather straps. That was the only way his wife could get the ritual items past the… Read More

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