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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Taking Steps to Save Lives: Because Heartburn Can Cause Cancer

Despite the fact that an estimated 25 million American adults suffer from heartburn, few people understand that Heartburn Can Cause Cancer. 

The Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) kicks off GERD Awareness Week (Nov. 24-30) with an educational lecture by Dr. Bruce Greenwald (ECAN chairman, gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center).

To help you effectively advocate for your own healthcare, and learn how to prevent and detect esophageal cancer, Dr. Greenwald will discuss the link between reflux diseaseBarrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

Special bookmarks with the key factors that may mean you are at risk to develop esophageal cancer, courtesy of M&T Bank, and a QR code for ECAN’s free downloadable Guide for Patientswill be provided.

ECAN’s mission is to save lives by increasing awareness about the link between heartburn and cancer, promoting early detection and supporting medical innovation to prevent, detect and treat esophageal cancer. The Baltimore-based national non-profit organization is led by a board of directors of top physicians, business leaders and families that have been touched by esophageal cancer.

Through ECAN’s efforts, April has been formally designated as Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in most U.S. states. ECAN also published the Guide for Patients and successfully advocated with the National Cancer Institute to include esophageal cancer in its groundbreaking genome mapping project known as The Cancer Genome Atlas. For more information, visit www.ecan.org.

Admission: Free 

For more event information contact 410-887-5097 or email slombardo@bcpl.net

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
David Laskin speaks about “The Family” at Baltimore’s Ivy Bookshop

On Sunday, November 19 at 7 PM, bestselling author David Laskin will present a talk and slide show on his new book THE FAMILY: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century (Viking; On-sale: October 15, 2013; ISBN: 978-0-67-002547-3; $32.00).  The event, sponsored Baltimore’s JCC, will take place at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road in Baltimore.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, see http://www.theivybookshop.com/upcomingevent/5651.

In THE FAMILY, Laskin tells the story of the three branches of his mother’s family.  Offspring of a pious scribe from the Yeshiva town of Volozhin, the family split into three branches at the turn of the last century:  one branch went  to New York and founded the Maidenform Bra Company; one branch made the desert bloom as idealistic pioneers in what was then Palestine; the third branch remained behind in Poland and perished in the Holocaust.  One family – and the epic story of the Jews in the 20th century.

The book has received glowing reviews. Jonathan Yardley, in his review in The Washington Post, calls The Family, “a moving account of the history of [Laskin’s] family during the 20th century…. demands to be read… The book of this particular family stands out for the extremes of joy and sorrow contained within it.”  The Wall Street Journal writes, “The unspeakable tragedies and improbable triumphs of the European Jewish diaspora in the 20th century have been told many times but rarely quite so compellingly as in David Laskin’s ‘The Family.’ Mr. Laskin’s chronicle could have been written in tears—of torment and scarce joy—and it is at once anguishing and inspiring….” “David Laskin’s The Family is a vivid, utterly compelling exploration of the forces that have shaped modern history,” says Pulitzer Prize-winner Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt.

Laskin’s appearance at Ivy Bookshop is part of a multi-city tour that will take him to New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, St. Louis, Buffalo, Seattle, and San Francisco.

Visit David Laskin online at www.davidlaskin.com || @davidlaskin on Twitter

Visit Viking/Penguin online at www.penguin.com || @VikingBooks on Twitter

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Pikesville Library Guest Speaker Series

Wed. Nov 20, 2013 1-2 p.m.

Mark Osteen, Ph.D.  – Professor of English and Chair of Film Studies, Loyola UniversityMaryland, Dr. Osteen, JHU Press author of “Nightmare Alley:  Film Noir and the American Dream,” examines how film noir disputes the notion at the heart of the American dream.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Baltimore Zionist District Ulpan

Baltimore Zionist District Ulpan

Beginner Hebrew
Monday and Wednesday,
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Beginner class will focus on
Hebrew reading, writing
and speaking skills.
$200*, plus $30 for a textbook

Advanced Hebrew
Monday and Wednesday,
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Conversational Hebrew class using
Israeli newspapers and articles.

Instructor: Mrs. Elana Vogel was born in Israel, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Sharansky Seminary of Tel Aviv and received her American teaching certification in Rhode Island. She specializes in teaching adults Hebrew reading, ranging from absolute beginning Hebrew reading, to reading prayer in the Siddur, as well as conversational Hebrew.

Winter Session November 20 – January 8**
Classes are held at BZD
3655-B Old Court Road, Suite 24
Register today!
410-484-4510 or www.bzdisrael.org


*Full payment is due at registration. Minimum of 5 students per class.
**Due to Channukah/Thanksgiving and Winterbreak certain classes will be rescheduled.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
CASA of Baltimore Information Session

Learn how about volunteering with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Inc., a non-profit organization which supports and advocates for BaltimoreCity’s 6,000 abused and neglected children. 

CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to provide consistent and caring support for an innocent child involved with the court due to maltreatment.

Children in foster care typically move from one foster family to another, from one unfamiliar neighborhood and school to another, and they deserve the stability and opportunity that comes with having a safe and permanent home.

If you live or work in BaltimoreCity, you can make an impact and help change the lives of these children by becoming a CASA volunteer. CASA of Baltimore currently serves only about 6 percent of local youth in foster care. More volunteers are needed to help more children in need.

The non-profit is seeking dedicated men and women who care about children to volunteer. No special experience is required; training and supervision are provided by professional staff. Time spent volunteering is flexible and can be completed within the limits of even the most hectic schedule. Volunteers must be 21 or older, submit an application and complete phone and in-person interviews prior to training.

For more event information contact 410-244-1465 or email ebrown@casabalt.org

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