No Vacation from Bigotry, Hate

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In the current economy, the concept of a vacation, especially for the working poor among us, is something of a luxury. And even among those for whom a vacation is a given, financial realities have made “staycations” a common feature of American life. That’s why it’s great to live in a place like Baltimore, where… Read More

Have You Heard?

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With so much talk of inclusion, it’s easy to conclude it’s just a buzzword, the issue of the moment. Inclusion can be hard to define, and what feels inclusive to one person may not feel that way to another. Yet, some institutions are taking meaningful steps toward including individuals with disabilities in their programming. Baltimore’s… Read More

Where’s the Civility?

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No sooner had the international condemnations of the kidnappings of three Israeli teenagers begun their slow trickle that the hand wringing by some in the Jewish community sought to assign blame anywhere than at the foot of the Palestinian government. The Palestinians are an occupied people, went one argument, so outbursts of violent activity are… Read More

The Next Eric Cantor

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With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss last week, the highest-ranking Jewish Republican politician has suddenly been kicked from power. But Cantor’s rise was almost as improbably swift. Elected in 2000 to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, he was appointed chief deputy whip after only one term. When Republicans regained control of the House… Read More

‘The Ultimate Challenge’

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While most of the expected 300 participants would be happy just to finish the Summer Death Race, which starts on Friday, June 2, in Pittsfield, Vt., Harrison Lessans, 23, of Pikesville is training for this ultimate challenge with the intent of being in the top percentile of the usual 15 to 20 percent of the… Read More

Who’s that Knocking at the Door?

Israel Restoration Ministries is back in town, and Ruth Guggenheim of Jews for Judaism, among many others, is concerned. “This is the same group that blanketed us a year ago, it’s disturbing,” said Guggenheim. “They think they can come in and disrespect our community. … They are spiritual predators, they are preying on our community,… Read More

The Ultimate Gift

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Dr. Alan Seyfer claimed his most valued instrument as a surgeon during his more than 40 years of practice has been, on many occasions, his in-depth knowledge of human anatomy. Seyfer, chair of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Anatomy Board, speaking to a crowd of approximately 250 at the Maryland Anatomical Donors… Read More

Making Moves

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For more than four decades, members of Howard County’s Jewish community had to travel upward of 20 miles to make funeral arrangements for loved ones. Next week, that will change. Pikesville-based Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. Funeral Home will open a new office in the heart of Columbia on June 15. In addition to marking… Read More

Pushing for Israel

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A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential race has embarked on a foreign-policy binge of late, with a strong focus on Israel and the Jewish community. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, returned to Washington this week after a tour of Europe and the Middle… Read More

Clinton for President?

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As Hillary Rodham Clinton jets around the country promoting her memoir “Hard Choices” released this week, a group of prominent Jewish political players has placed bets on the former secretary of state in advance of her possible run for the presidency. The group, Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary, was announced June 3 as a vehicle… Read More