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Making Thanksgiving Jewish

How do we make Thanksgiving Jewish? Many scholars believe that the secular American holiday, first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims, was deliberately modeled on Sukkot. There are myriad ways to make the meal kosher and also stretch the food to enjoy through Shabbos. In addition to roasting one whole turkey, make one large turkey… Read More

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‘Unity Through Diversity’

Designer James Rouse’s vision for the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center when he planned the Columbia community in the 1970s was to bring together different faiths and exchange ideas, not just share the same roof. The current exhibit at the Meeting House Gallery there is a perfect example of that sentiment. The gallery fills the large… Read More

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An Israeli Ambassador

Tal Brody, star of the 1977 Israeli European championship team, visited students at Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School last week during a sweep through the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region. Nicknamed “Mr. Basketball,” Brody gave up a career in the NBA and made aliyah, eventually leading the Maccabi Tel Aviv team to… Read More

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Jewish Community Gives Back

Arleen Shepherd’s grocery list called for 60 pounds of ground beef, 60 pounds of chicken, 100 pounds of pasta, 40 pounds of rice, 120 cans of cream of mushroom soup and about 100 jars of pasta sauce. This wasn’t her usual shopping list, but when you’re cooking up 1,250 meals worth of casserole, you need… Read More

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A United Stand

As she prepared for Project Kesher’s 25th anniversary Global Day Trip next week in New York City, the organization’s executive director, Karyn G. Gershon, reflected on the Jewish women’s organization that trains women in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Israel to take on leadership roles in their own communities. PK’s leaders advocate for the… Read More

Right-Wing Secessionist Wins Council Seat

He was denounced by Governor-elect Larry Hogan; he was asked by several members of the GOP to break ties with a secessionist organization that has been labeled as a neo-Confederate hate group; he sang “Dixie” at a Southern secessionist conference; and he believes the word of God and the Bible should guide civil law. And… Read More

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Shock, Fear … and Resolve

Until Tuesday morning, Har Nof for my family was an amalgam of different experiences, all of them positive. It’s where my wife went to seminary, where we had one of our first Shabbat meals after moving to Israel and where our kids always loved going for pizza — it had, according to our research in… Read More

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‘Her World Was Family’

Goldie Miller, a devoted wife and mother, and a rare super-centenarian, passed away of heart failure at 111 on Oct. 16 in her daughter’s Pikesville home. Miller was born in Baltimore on April 25, 1903, the second of seven children — three boys and four girls — of Sam Kirson, a property manager, and Anna… Read More

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For the Public Good

For many Baltimoreans, their profession offers them a unique opportunity to give back to their community. Pro bono work is most often associated with the legal world, but according to Barbara Anderson, the concept of donating professional services transcends multiple fields. “We lean a lot on other pro bono services,” said Anderson, executive director at… Read More

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Making Magic

Rabbis often speak of the magic of Torah, but one local bar mitzvah boy took the sentiment to heart and brought Torah lessons and sleight of hand to residents of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Village. Natan Gamliel, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Krieger Schechter Day School who lained three aliyot and the haftorah at his… Read More

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A ‘General’ Concern

Considering his audience at the Monday morning plenary session of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly at National Harbor, Vice President Joe Biden said all the right things. To standing ovations, he pledged the United States’ unwavering support of Israel and promised that Iran would never be permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon…. Read More

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New Life for Old Jewish Landmark

Baltimore historic preservationists and those hoping to improve the lives of some of the city’s poorest residents were pleased by the recent news that the Hebrew Orphan Asylum building in West Baltimore would soon be refurbished and put to good use. The building, believed to be the oldest existing Jewish orphanage in the country, was… Read More