MIDC Salutes Poliakoff

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Abba David Poliakoff has a catch phrase about the Maryland/Israel Development Center that he’s practically known for. “The mission of the MIDC is to facilitate the soft landing of the Israeli company in the U.S. through Maryland,” he said. “And we implement this mission by utilizing what we call our ‘instant infrastructure.’” Poliakoff, 62, is… Read More

Mock Evictions Spark University’s Ire

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American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestine student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation. The… Read More

Signs of Passover

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Judy Harrow, assistant teacher at the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, shares her knowledge of American Sign Language with students year round. To commemorate the end of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Harrow and teacher Barbara Stadd invited Leah Caplan, a hard-of-hearing member of the Jewish community, into the classroom to teach signs specific… Read More

New Haggadot Put Creative Spins on the Passover Story

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Stan Lebovic needed to reconnect to the story of Passover. Reading the Haggadah felt like going through motions, and something wasn’t clicking for him. “You go through every part and it’s like, ‘What am I missing?’” the Baltimore resident asked. “Most of what I’m saying, the Haggadah, is falling on deaf ears. I myself don’t… Read More

Freedom at a Price

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High school and middle school students from the Bais Yaakov School for Girls gathered in the auditorium at the school’s Mount Washington location to hear famed refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch share his story of fighting Russian oppression from behind the Iron Curtain. Mendelevitch, whose “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival” was… Read More

Opening the Floodgates

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An earnest amalgam of free-association Bible story, dire disaster movie and family melodrama, “Noah” is a more thoughtful and provocative film than one has any right to expect. Sure, it’s ludicrous and ponderous at times and embellished with gratuitous special effects, but it also succeeds in prodding the viewer to reflect on his or her… Read More

Giving Thanks for the Memories

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Memory is a particularly powerful faculty. It helps us learn, it can provide a guide by which to judge future actions and, along with emotions, serves as the foundation upon which human experience is built. Memory is frequently passive, but in a Jewish context it is seen more in terms of a positive act. That’s… Read More

The Joys and Oys of Being Jewish

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Bolton Street Synagogue and The Stoop Storytelling Series are teaming up to present “It’s Complicated: Stories about the Joys and Oys of Contemporary Jewish Life.” The April 5 event will feature six storytellers, some of whom are well-known locals, telling their own personal stories — humorous, poignant and surprising  — about being Jewish. WBAL-TV anchor… Read More

Son of a Stitch

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Photos provided The sewing machine looked harmless enough until it almost shot him. Mike Peisach, a veteran of the Korean War, fished a live .32-caliber bullet from under the needle plate of a machine during a routine repair. Peisach, who started repairing sewing machines when he was 15, has handed down death warrants on many… Read More

Foundry Row Moving Forward

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Foundry Row developers have cleared another hurdle in their plans to build a Wegmans-anchored mixed-use center on Reisterstown Road. Development plans by Greenberg Gibbons and Vanguard, the companies building Foundry Row at the site of the old Solo Cup factory, were approved on Feb. 24. Arguments opposed to the plans were also rejected in the… Read More