Putting the Past in Perspective Collage project provides tangible tales of Holocaust survivors

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Elie Wiesel once said, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” Memory is an important faculty, particularly to those of Jewish faith. On Passover we remember, on Tisha B’Av we remember — as a community we remember. This remembrance is the foundation for a growing,… Read More

AIPAC Shrinks Convention Presence

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A pro-Israel event in Philadelphia next week to coincide with the Democratic National Convention was abruptly canceled by AIPAC, the organizers of what was to have been a luncheon at the National Museum of American Jewish History. A museum spokeswoman confirmed that AIPAC recently canceled the event. AIPAC’s credibility rests on its being seen as… Read More

Fighting Colon Cancer with a Healthy Dose of Bluegrass

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The names Susan Cohan and Charlotte Bohn may be known only to a select group in Baltimore, but a local nonprofit, the Susan Cohan Colon Cancer Foundation, Inc. (Susie’s Cause), has been working tirelessly to raise both awareness and money for colorectal cancer, the disease that took the lives of these two amazing women. David… Read More

Gauging the Impact of BDS Is the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel succeeding?

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In 2005, Palestinian nongovernmental organizations initiated the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to encourage businesses, universities and other global entities to pressure Israel into ending the occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights, giving full equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel and recognizing the Palestinians’ right of return to land they had fled when… Read More

Baltimore Man In Standoff Charged with Attempted Murder

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A Baltimore man who shot at police during an eight-hour standoff was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder in connection with the July 6 incident. Robert Blake, 46, of the 6900 block of Reisterstown Road is also charged with first- and second-degree assault, discharging a firearm within city limits and possession of body armor,… Read More

JCC Members Upset Over Pool Hours

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Members of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC are peeved by the hours at the large family pool, which were adjusted to accommodate campers for the summer. The pool is exclusively used by campers until 3 p.m., at which point it’s open to the public. JCC members, many of whom joined specifically to use the pool,… Read More

Former Cop’s Roots Run Deep City Police Jewish Community Liasion Moving On

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For the past seven years, Baltimore’s Jewish communities have been looked after by Kenneth “Heshy” Dickstein, the Yiddish- and Hebrew-fluent son of a local rabbi. Since August of 2009, the former Officer Dickstein, who retired on June 17, has served as the Baltimore Police Department’s citywide Jewish community liaison, fostering communication between the community and… Read More

Baltimore Remembers Wiesel as Eloquent, Thoughtful, Righteous Mensch

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Elie Wiesel, the iconic Holocaust survivor, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died of natural causes on Saturday, July 2 at the age of 87. While he was a figure of international prominence, there is hardly a Jewish community around the world that didn’t feel his impact, and Baltimore is no different. “It was like… Read More

State Congressmen Rally for Gun Control

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Maryland’s Democratic Congressmen gathered in Baltimore on Wednesday, June 29 to underscore the need for gun control two weeks after a mass shooting in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub killed 49 people and less than a week after Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in in attempt to force a gun control vote. Congressmen Chris Van Hollen, Elijah… Read More

Modernizing Mental Health Dr. Steven Sharfstein reflects on his legacy at Sheppard Pratt

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After a 30-year term at Sheppard Pratt, including 25 years as CEO, Dr. Steven Sharfstein retired on June 30, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and growth. Under Sharfstein’s watch, the Sheppard Pratt Health System maintained quality patient care as the organization underwent exponential growth, expanding its geographic footprint and treatment offerings and shifting to… Read More