‘No One Stuck Up for Us’

LONDON — Nat and her husband have always talked about moving to Israel, but the time never seemed right. The London residents had good jobs, were surrounded by friends and family, and their three kids were happy in school. Then this past summer, during the conflict between Israel and Gaza, they decided it was definitely… Read More

On Relevance, Survival

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In 2010, demographers working for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore concluded that this area accounted for 93,400 Jewish persons, a 2 percent increase from the decade before, according to a similar communitywide study done in 1999. In 1985, the statistic stood at 91,700. These numbers are nothing new, of course, as the last… Read More

Hope and Appreciation Inaugural Times of Israel Gala focuses on best, brightest

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In what was decidedly planned by organizers as a nonpolitical event, former Israeli President Shimon Peres raised eyebrows Sunday night at the inaugural Times of Israel Gala in New York City when he seemingly lambasted current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent calls for Jews under attack in Europe to settle in Israel. “Don’t come to… Read More

The Resilience of Alan Gross

Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. (Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA/Newscom)

At The President’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20, Alan Gross raised his hand high in the air in a sign of triumph as television cameras zoomed in. At a welcome-home event at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville that same month, the man who spent five years in a Cuban prison wore a… Read More

International Guitar Night Wows Gordon Center

From left: Brian Gore, founder of International Guitar Night, Maneli Jamal, Diego Figueiredo and Andrew York. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

When Brian Gore took the stage at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills on Saturday night, it was immediately evident the nearly sold-out crowd was in for a good show as he launched into a fast, percussive song on his acoustic guitar. Gore, the founder of International Guitar Night, continued his annual tradition of combining… Read More

Proposed Stevenson Road Chabad Faces Opposition Synagogue would serve area’s Russian Jews

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A Pikesville neighborhood is up in arms over a proposed Chabad synagogue that would be built on a three-acre property on Stevenson Road. The Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue, a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation for Russian immigrants, plans to build a 4,000-square-foot, one-story synagogue in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. While congregants would be excited to… Read More

A Public Concern Health officials gather in Baltimore to address measles outbreak

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Baltimore’s medical establishment stood shoulder to shoulder on Monday, Feb. 9 to declare unequivocally: Vaccinations work. Standing in front of her colleagues from Johns Hopkins University, Mercy Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Sinai Hospital and other regional partners at the special Measles Symposium at the Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly appointed… Read More

A Neighborhood’s Fix Epidemic opiate crisis hits home

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Over the course of the past few weeks, Baltimore’s Mount Washington neighborhood has become a ground zero of sorts for the debate surrounding how to handle a problem that many say has taken over the city: the resurgence of heroin. Tensions ran high last week when residents and local professionals packed into the Mount Washington… Read More

MIDC to Highlight Wearable Technology

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The Maryland/Israel Development Center is bringing together companies involved in data, fitness and health care to examine opportunities in wearable technology. The Tuesday, Feb. 17 event will feature presentations by Under Armour, Johns Hopkins University and the Israeli embassy. “As technology gets smaller and smaller, we’re all carrying around computers with us in the forms… Read More

Lessons of the Shoah

More than 200 students across Baltimore City and County participate in a day-long Holocaust curriculum to learn lessons of tolerance and compassion at the John Carroll School. (Melissa Gerr)

More than 200 high school students from approximately 20 schools from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and beyond came together last week at the John Carroll School in Bel Air for “Lessons of the Shoah” a day-long program designed “to motivate participants to make a personal commitment to combat prejudice and hatred.” The gathering was co-sponsored… Read More