Persistence of Vision Hometown hero Jason Michael Berman overcomes with ‘The Birth of a Nation’

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Malcolm Gladwell dedicates a rather lengthy portion of his New York Times bestselling 2013 book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” — detailing how great adversity often leads to even greater success — to the irrepressibly contrarian notion that certain learning differences, such as dyslexia, may actually make for a more… Read More

A Heart-to-Hut Celebration At home, in front of apartment buildings, on pickup trucks — Baltimore celebrates Sukkot

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Sukkot is always a drastic transition,  shifting from one of the most solemn days of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur, to one of the most joyous of celebrations. In Baltimore, families will eat and sleep in their sukkahs — temporary, hand-built abodes. Many will host Shabbat dinners, and others, through local  organizations, will have the… Read More

Howard County Sheriff to Resign amid Racist, Anti-Semitic Remarks

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Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, who recently came under fire for alleged racist and anti-Semitic statements, will resign from office after numerous calls for him to step down. Fitzgerald was expected to sign an agreement Tuesday stating that his last day in office would be Oct. 15, according to Howard County Council Administrator Jessica Feldmark…. Read More

Hillary Clinton for President

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The election of 2016 has thrown a light onto many aspects of the American Dream that have either been ignored or given short shrift in recent years. The unsuccessful primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders brought out the enthusiasm and frustration of young middle-class Americans burdened by school debt and fearful that a prosperous future… Read More

You Should Know …
Casey Yurow

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Pearlstone Center program director Casey Yurow has two primary aspirations in this life: working to create an inspirational model for what can be achieved in community farming that he hopes will be emulated by cities beyond his hometown of Baltimore … and profoundly radicalizing the perception most people have of vanilla. “I’m a huge fan… Read More

The Backbone of MPT CEO Larry Unger continues to move the station into the future

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Tight budgets, increased competition and mass technological and cultural shifts in the way viewers demand content and broadcasters try to deliver it — this is what Larry Unger confronts on a daily basis. As CEO and president of Maryland Public Television, Unger, 68, juggles fundraising, technological updates, public appearances and ensuring diverse programming at the… Read More

One Funny Jew: Rabbi Telushkin Delivers at JNF Event

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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin stood stocky, white bearded, bespectacled and altogether proud behind the lectern at the forefront (both literally and figuratively) of the magnificent, almost palatial grand hall of Temple Oheb Shalom, rimmed by emerald art deco portraitures depicting revered figures from Jewish history. More than 500 well-dressed cognoscenti of the local Jewish community sat… Read More

Yom Kippur: A Community Lens

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Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement, marks the end of 40 days of penitence and commemorates the day that God forgave the Jewish people for the folly and sin of the Golden Calf. In contemporary Judaism, however, Yom Kippur serves as a day to atone for sins from… Read More

Messages for the New Year Seven rabbis talk High Holidays and sermons

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The High Holidays are a particularly heavy time of the year: a time for reflection, renewal, forgiveness and repentance for individuals, the Baltimore Jewish  community and the Jewish world at large. For rabbis in the Greater Baltimore area, there is no uniform approach to composing sermons for the High Holidays nor uniform topics to cover…. Read More

Community Kibitz: Gefilte Fish

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This week the JT popped into three area Jewish eateries to ask customers about what turned out to be a rather ticklish subject: Do you like gefilte fish? Miller’s Deli, 2849 Smith Ave., Pikesville Chatting with the ladies who meet here every week to play mah-jongg. EILEEN GARFIELD (Pikesville): I make it from the can… Read More