Stevenson Gallery Features Auschwitz-Birkenau

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Learning about the Holocaust in Hebrew school and through family is one thing, but Stevenson University senior Michelle Canvisser wasn’t exactly prepared for what she saw on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. “I thought what I was taught was enough for me to know how I would feel, but I was extremely overwhelmed the entire time… Read More

Soulful Sound

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As a promising young talent on the basketball court and the cello, 14-year-old Amit Peled found himself at a crossroads: He needed to concentrate his energies. Ultimately, he resigned himself to the fact that he’d never get the height needed for professional basketball like his idol, Miki Birkovich of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club,… Read More

{Snapshots}

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Phone-a-thon participants volunteer at Levindale in this 1965 photo. (Courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 2011.029.243) Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Lincoln and the Jews: A History

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By Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell Thomas Dunne Books, 272 pages A great coffee-table book about Jewish history, let alone American Jewish history, doesn’t come around in a great while. All the more so when the topic is as obscure as the confluence between Jewish interests and the actions of the 16th president. So… Read More

Is it too soon to start thinking about Passover?

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Simcha Berman: Day to day life makes it hard for people to prepare this early. Jael Freedman: It’s my favorite holiday! For me it’s always about rites of passage, going into something more beautiful. Don Levine: Yes, it’s too early. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.  

Rio 2016 Olympic Village to Commemorate Munich Massacre

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The International Olympic Committee will erect a place to mourn family and friends at the 2016 Games in Rio, including the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The closing ceremony also will feature a moment of reflection to remember those who have died at the Olympic Games, such as the… Read More

A Different Moses Emerges for All Time Parshat Ki Tisa

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What is the significance of the dazzling radiance of Moses’ face and why did it not attain this shining glow until he received the Second Tablets on Yom Kippur? And, perhaps the most difficult question of all, why did Moses break the first tablets? Yes, he was bitterly disappointed, perhaps even angry, at the Israelites’… Read More

Deiner — Jacobs

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Judy Deiner of Pikesville and Robin and Howard Jacobs of Owings Mills are thrilled to announce the engagement of their children, Emily Jordyn Deiner and Andrew Richard Jacobs. Emily is also the daughter of the late Steven Deiner. Emily graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaches in Baltimore County’s… Read More

Blooming with Innovation

Dr. Tuvia Friling is researching the life of Baltimorean Dr. Joseph Schwartz, who according to Friling, is a forgotten hero in the history of rescuing European Jews. Friling will publish a book about Schwartz’s life next year. (Melissa Gerr)

The mid-winter board meeting of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev convened in Baltimore this month to discuss the research of BGU’s staff and even explore a deep, albeit mysterious, Baltimore connection as part of the organization’s “Blooming with Innovation” program. Dr. Tuvia Friling, a senior researcher at BGU’s Research Institute for the… Read More

Jewish Doctor Bids for Vitale’s Seat

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Emergency room physician Ron Elfenbein is bidding for the hotly contested state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left vacant when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was sworn in as a county circuit court judge appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan. Vitale resigned on Monday, Feb. 23 upon assuming the bench. According… Read More