On the Table Domestic security concerns, Iran dominate OU mission to D.C.

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Local leaders and other attendees of the Orthodox Union Leadership Mission to Washington, D.C., made clear to Congress their concerns over ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and domestic security funding for Jewish institutions. More than 120 lay leaders and modern Orthodox clergy from nine states gathered on Capitol Hill June 3 for a packed day… Read More

A Philharmonic Journey Huberman’s music comes to Gordon Center to mark 70th anniversary of WWII

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Last Sunday, attendees at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills were transported back to the days of World War II, but in a manner that no one has done before. To mark the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, Sundays at Three Sinfonia performed selections by Polish-Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a… Read More

American Dollars, Israeli Lives An up-close look at philanthropic efforts on behalf of Israel

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The donation of an ambulance to the American Friends of Magen David Adom by lifelong Pikesville residents Bill and Karen Glazer adds one more tangible piece to the large network of philanthropic, financial and emotional bonds that connect Israel with the United States. Magen David Adom, the national blood services center and emergency response team… Read More

The Cost of a Dignified Burial Jewish funeral expenses can be steep, but must they be?

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The emotional cost of burying a loved one can be overwhelming. But when a price tag upward of $8,000 for Jewish funeral expenses — the regional average, according to National Funeral Directors Association statistics — is added to that cost, the suffering can be exacerbated. “People go into debt for funerals. They take out loans…. Read More

Medal of Honor President awards medal posthumously to Jewish WWI serviceman

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. William Shemin as daughters Ida Shemin and Elsie Shemin-Roth proudly accept the honor. (Suzanne Pollak)

Three sisters looked on with a mixture of pride and tears, as their great-grandfather, Sgt. William Shemin, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Barack Obama. “It’s unbelievable. It’s so exciting,” said Alice Philips-Roth of Missouri. Her sisters, Julie and Emily, said they didn’t know which was better — to watch as their… Read More

Fitness Appeal Jewish women find strength, confidence on a pole

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When Gabi Faye Levin graduated college, she wasn’t satisfied with her dance skills even though she minored in the subject. She did some research on local studios while living at home in Pikesville, and found pole dancing classes at Xpose Fitness. “I was like, ‘Hmm, why have I never considered this? I’m really good at… Read More

Dollars and Sense Local Hebrew schools feeling the pinch

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Walk through any number of the area’s supplemental Jewish educational programs and it’ll be quickly clear that these aren’t your parents’ Hebrew schools. For them, or perhaps in your own Hebrew school experience, upward of six agonizing hours a week were devoted to rote memorization of prayers and traditions. As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation… Read More

Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family

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Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More