A Living Story of Gypsy Survival Family’s Holocaust experiences strike lasting chord with guitarist Lulo Reinhardt

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It’s truly miraculous that Lulo Reinhardt is here to tell his family’s story and carry on its musical traditions. The Reinhardts — gypsies from India who settled in Germany 600 years ago — survived Buchenwald, Auschwitz and death marches. Some were inside, and moments from entering, the gas chambers when Auschwitz was liberated. Reinhardt, the… Read More

Recourse for renters Proposal to reform Baltimore rent court system makes its way through legislature

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An effort by several Baltimore-based civil rights organizations to improve conditions in the city’s rent court system has made its way into Maryland’s public discourse, attracting support from like-minded groups and opposition from a network of land- lords along with the city’s  administration. The movement, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, began in 2014 when… Read More

Loaves of Love Shared with Howard County Seniors

Lisa Welch (fourth from left) hosted a group of BBYO parents at her home to bake challah for the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s new community service initiative, Loaves of Love. (Justin Katz)

When it comes to homemade food, freshly baked challah has always held a special place in the Jewish tradition, and several Howard County parents are giving back to the community with the braided delight. “A lot of people have good memories of challah and Shabbat. I think if you went to a Sunday school and… Read More

Subminimum Wage Bill Sparks Discussion

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A new bill before the Maryland General Assembly would phase out the practice of paying some people with disabilities a subminimum wage for jobs they perform in sheltered workshops. The bill has sparked a passionate response, particularly from disability advocates, who call it a civil rights issue. The first hearing for the bill was Feb…. Read More

Lamplighter Dinner Shines Light on Columbia Chabad’s 30 Years

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Rabbi Hillel Baron remembers the first Howard County Jewish Federation meeting he attended; it took place in a member’s family room, and in it was seated everyone in the Jewish community. While the Howard County Jewish community has grown and changed exponentially, one constant has remained: Rabbi Hillel and Chanie Baron. The Barons, who run… Read More

Local Photographer Finds New Life Through the Lens

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Norm Dubin may be retired from his career as a reproductive biologist, but he has started a new life with what initially was just a hobby. “Like most kids, I had a camera ever since I was young and liked to take pictures of weird things,” said Dubin. “A friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t… Read More

Loud and Clear! BBYO’s Baltimore message of social justice resonates with Jewish teens

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More than 2,400 teenage Jews from around the globe came to Baltimore last week and were spurred to action by the words of NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks, who told them the future was in their hands. “We have a generation that is not prematurely pessimistic, not prematurely cynical about what they can do,… Read More

The Power of Engagement Congregations look to members to guide — and create — the future

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Lynne Kirsner and her husband have remained members of Temple Oheb Shalom over the years mainly to attend High Holiday services and because they have a number of friends there. Until recently, Kirsner wasn’t very involved in the congregation. But after being tapped for a role in assessing what the congregation can do to engage… Read More

A ‘Finished Project’ Leading violinist to play Towson professor’s concerto

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Jonathan Leshnoff is a man of many hats. He’s a musician, teacher and composer. But on Feb. 14, he’s going to be an audience member watching one of the world’s best violinists play his concerto. Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham, called “the leading American violinist of his generation” by Time magazine, will perform Leshnoff’s “Chamber… Read More