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Digesting the Jewish news: Baltimore federation up, LA economy down and the UJC doesn’t know what to

I’m going to come out and say it. It looks like it was a slow news week in the local Jewish world. But these stories from the Jewish newspapers still made the cut:

    • In what’s unfortunately becoming a trend so far as stories go, the L.A. Jewish Journal tackles how the falling economy is affecting the Jewish community in a cover story this week. Synopsis: “A broad survey of Jewish schools, synagogues and social service agencies big and small – from the JDC to Project Chicken Soup – depicts a mosaic of caution and pragmatic optimism, an awareness that the sky is not yet falling, but it very well could.”
    • The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore had a record year, despite the economy, reports the Baltimore Jewish Times.
    • A non-synagogue based congregational school grows in San Francisco, reports J.
    • The UJC is trying to figure out what to do about the Falash Mura still remaining in Ethiopia and may need to raise more money, reports the New York Jewish Week.
    • The tanking real estate market might scuttle the sale to a Christian group of Camp Swig, one of the oldest Reform summer camps in the country, reports the Forward.
    • Boston has changed the date on its annual sales tax break week to accommodate religious Jews who would have lost out because it was scheduled to fall during the week of Tisha B’Av, says the Boston Jewish Advocate.
    • In Washington, kids from Sderot get respite at summer camp, says the Washington Jewish Week.