Children ‘Had Faces of Angels’

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the burial plots for seven children from the Sassoon family before their burial in Jerusalem on March 23. The seven children died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years, officials said. Police identified the children who died as Yaakob Sassoon, 5, Sara, 6, Moshe, 8, Yeshua, 10, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, and Eliane, 16. (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS/Newscom)

The Brooklyn father who lost seven of his eight children in a home fire called his kids “a sacrifice” to the community. Gabriel Sassoon sobbed as he tried to recite the names of his late children during a eulogy Sunday at a Jewish funeral home in the heavily Orthodox Borough Park section of Brooklyn, the… Read More

Seder on the Circus Train

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Many young children dream of running away to join the circus, but few grow up to spend their days crisscrossing the United States on tour with the Greatest Show on Earth. As head chef and pie car manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus blue unit, Matthew Loory spends 48 weeks of… Read More

Making Sense of Unspeakable Tragedy

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The Jewish world united in grief this week, shocked at the inexplicable tragedy that claimed seven children in Brooklyn, N.Y. Like many parents here in Baltimore and beyond, my heart reached out to Gabriel Sassoon, the father who had spent Shabbat at a religious conference and was thus saved, his wife Gayle and their 15-year-old… Read More

The Changing Face of Poverty Cities, no longer the only centers of poverty, bequeath its effects to suburbs

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A little more than a year ago, Mrs. Y and her husband were both employed full-time. They were able to pay their bills, including the mortgage on their Pikesville home, and support their teenage daughter and baby boy. But in February, with her human services employer downsizing quickly, Mrs. Y lost her job. Her husband,… Read More

My Family Story Local eighth graders delve into their family histories

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Through musical displays, videos and visual arts, local eighth grade students related their personal family history and connection to Judaism as part of the My Family Story project, a global educational program sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot — The Museum of the Jewish People. Two Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students, Rivi Goloskov and Eitan Murinson,… Read More

What’s Next for the Israeli Left? J Street Conference presses forward on two-state solution, support for liberal parties

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WASHINGTON — When self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street selected “A Clear Choice for a Better Future” as the theme of its fifth annual conference, organizers hoped that the Israeli election results would have shown a leftward shift. So with the decisive March 17 victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the run-up to… Read More

Schmuck Takes on Klezmer Baltimore band presents classic Jewish music in tongue-in-cheek manner

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For Evan Tucker, all signs point to klezmer. The violinist grew up playing classical music and got into pop music as a teenager, but neither quite felt right to him. “When you grew up in Pikesville — for me going to Schechter and then Beth Tfiloh — that experience has to be filtered through Jewish… Read More

United Through Motherhood Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project holds conference in Baltimore

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Two hundred Jewish mothers from nine countries descended on Baltimore for three days of leadership building and learning as part of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s third annual conference. The women attended workshops and presentations at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown during the March 9-11 conference, which focused on building leadership qualities. According to JWRP… Read More

Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore

Angela Davis, political activist and author, earned a standing ovation after her keynote address. (Jules Cowan)

A progressive look at the Middle East with an emphasis on sympathy toward the Palestinian people may not be the mainstream approach to Israel in the organized Jewish community, but Jewish Voice for Peace is proudly bucking the trend. The organization met in Baltimore last weekend for its national membership meeting, with the growing organization… Read More

HaZamir Headed to New York

For many choir members, fostering Jewish identity is one of HaZamir’s strengths. (Provided)

On Sunday, after a weekend of rigorous rehearsals, Shabbat activities and networking with the more than 350 fellow singers from around the country and Israel, HaZamir and its cadre of teenage singers will make its debut at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York. HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, will… Read More