Purim for All

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For Elaine Gerstenfeld, Purim is a tale of Jewish unity. In the biblical story, Queen Esther gathered the Jews to unite against Haman, a royal official on a mission to kill the Jews of Persia. “When he describes the Jews, he describes them as divided and dispersed,” explained Gerstenfeld, who is organizing the second annual… Read More

Family Business

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Asked how he got his start in the theater business, veteran actor and director Rick Grossman will tell you he was born in a trunk. And things haven’t changed much. These days, Grossman, who was raised among three generations of theater people, is living not in, but out of a trunk, as he tours the… Read More

That’s Debatable

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It’s rare that the left-leaning J Street, a 5-year-old political advocacy organization that supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the conservative voice in the room. But that was the case on a recent Sunday, when about 75 people gathered at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to hear Mark… Read More

Admiring the Youthful Pursuit of Truth

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God bless the vibrancy of youth. I use this variant of similar expressions aired by countless old men and women throughout the ages not in an attempt to join their wise ranks, but to remark approvingly at the dedication of those who will soon become the Jewish community’s next cadre of leaders. There they were,… Read More

Home Invasion Shakes Pikesville Community

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A man and his teenage daughter were tied up and robbed after two men forced their way into a home in the 3200 block of Hatton Road in Pikesville Tuesday night. The men stole computer tablets, jewelry, a camcorder, a wallet, cash, an iPod Touch and a cell phone, according to a statement from Baltimore… Read More

AIPAC Shapes Priorities

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Coming off of what many observers characterized as an off year in terms of getting its agenda implemented in Washington, D.C., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee will be welcoming upward of 14,000 attendees at the March 1-4 annual policy conference that will set the pro-Israel organization’s 2014 initiatives. Chief among the organization’s priority items… Read More

Hadassah’s Woes Continue

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The dust may have settled at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, but the underlying financial troubles that caused workers to go on strike earlier this month remain, as an organization that predates the State of Israel struggles to move on. Staffers at the two Hadassah hospitals in the Jerusalem enclaves of Ein Kerem and… Read More

Jewish Hospitality

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For Sheryl Grossman, a short visit to Baltimore from Morgantown, W. Va., for  a small procedure quickly turned into a nightmare last winter, until Bikur Cholim, the Johns Hopkins Minyan and other local community groups got involved. “I would not have made it without the generosity of the community,” said Grossman, who came to the… Read More

State Slashes Health Care Enrollment Goals

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With little more than a month until a March 31 deadline, Maryland health exchange officials revised insurance enrollment goals and terminated their contract with the company that built the state’s health exchange. Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the North Dakota company behind the state online exchange that crashed when it launched Oct. 1, will no longer operate… Read More

Shabbat Across America

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For the seventh year in a row, Suburban Orthodox Congregation will play host to Shabbat Across America, a multidenominational celebration of Shabbat set to take place March 7. “The goal really is a very simple one,” said Suburban’s Rabbi Shmuel Silber, “to achieve a togetherness within our community.” The event will kick off just after… Read More