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BY Marc Shapiro
September 11, 2014

He may be a Beatles fan now, but it wasn’t until a 1963 Christmas radio broadcast that Rabbi Lionel Chiswell caught on, late for someone from Liverpool, which was well engulfed in Beatlemania by then. The rabbi, who now lives in Pikesville, grew up in Liverpool and attended synagogue with Brian Epstein, who would later CONTINUE »

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At last, Jews have an international all-news channel to call their own
BY Jim Williams
August 21, 2014

For many years Jews in the United States and throughout the world longed for an all-cable news channel that really understood Israel. And for years, networks such as CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, France 24 and Al Jazeera have come up short in presenting Israel’s side of the story, especially when covering the Palestinian conflicts. CONTINUE »

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Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament final is this week
BY Jennifer Waldera
August 21, 2014

Now in its fourth summer  of fierce competition, the annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity, and two individuals involved since the tournament’s inception played a big part in creating that success. By day, tournament founder  Erik Folkart is an award-winning marketing associate for Sysco, but his spring and summer evenings are CONTINUE »

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Cooperstown’s Jewish mayor, Hall of Fame chief greet baseball’s elite
BY Hillel Kuttler/JTA
July 31, 2014

For Jeff Idelson, the director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., induction weekend is all about teamwork. “When you get to signature events you’re in a small community, all the pieces have to come together effectively for it to be a grand slam,” Idelson said recently from his CONTINUE »

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Technology, tradition now go hand-in-hand
BY Allie Freedman
July 31, 2014

Searching for a minyan? Look no further than your smartphone. On July 8, Web development company RustyBrick released its newest mobile application for Android and iPhone users: Minyan Now. The New York-based company, best known for creating a popular phone siddur, uses modern technology to enhance traditional Jewish practices. The company’s latest product is designed CONTINUE »