The Power of (Puppy) Love

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Some community events can’t help but boost one’s faith in humanity (and canine-ity). That was the case with Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital’s dedication of the Alvin and Elaine Mintzes Fund for the Care of Levindale Animals on June 19. The event also included a plaque-hanging ceremony “in loving honor of employee Paulette Carter… Read More

Business as Usual?

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While national Jewish leaders are predicting a rift in Jewish-Presbyterian relations following last week’s PCUSA General Assembly vote to divest from three American companies doing business with Israel, the situation likely will prove more affable in Baltimore. “We have a lot of very strong relationships with the local Presbyterian Church” said Chana Siff, associate director… Read More

New Outlook for Myerberg

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It’s not news that people are living longer and staying healthier than ever before. Baby boomers don’t feel like senior citizens, they don’t behave like senior citizens, and they may not envision themselves spending time at a senior center. At the Edward A. Myerberg Center in Pikesville, board and staff members get it. About two… Read More

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