Let the Refs Make the Call

Editorial Director

If you were lucky enough to catch Sunday’s NFC matchup between divisional rivals the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles — most Baltimore-area television sets were tuned to the Ravens’ field-goal-clinching 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns — it either came across as old-style football or thuggery run amok. One thing’s for sure, though: The… Read More

The Day After

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When the 15 Baltimoreans who attended a mission to Israel last week initially signed up for the trip, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Ira Malis, who, along with the rest of his fellow travelers, signed up for The Day After mission… Read More

Yom Kippur Without Fasting

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Each sect of Judaism has its own way of observing the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, but there is at least one custom observed across the board: fasting. As members of the Baltimore Jewish community spend the day in synagogue with empty stomachs beginning the night of Oct. 3, some observing the holiday won’t… Read More

ADL Sends Recommendations to College Campuses

The Anti-Defamation League shared recommendations with American university officials on how to deal with a predicted uptick in anti-Israel activity on college campuses as the High Holy Days near. In a letter sent from the ADL’s headquarters earlier this month, the organization discussed its concern that anti-Israel organizations might take upcoming holidays as an opportunity… Read More

Baltimore Gets a Glimpse of Obama

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More than 200 people lined the streets of northwest Baltimore Friday afternoon in the hopes of catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama on his way to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Yosef Wiener and his wife left their Shabbot meal cooking to walk about a half mile from their home… Read More

Neighbors, Secret Service Prepare for Obama

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Residents of Green Meadow Way in northwest Baltimore may get a glimpse of President Barack Obama Friday afternoon as he heads to a fundraiser at the home of Howard Friedman. “The secret service, or people who look like secret service, have been here since Sunday,” said Josh Hurewitz. “They’ve been driving back and forth.” He… Read More

Following Through

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During Leonard Bloom’s life, he helped hundreds, maybe thousands of inventors successfully launch their creations. Now, in his death, his wife has taken on his mission. “I’m just trying to complete what he started,” said Barbara Bloom, Leonard’s wife of more than 44 years. “It helps a lot.” Growing up, Leonard was fascinated with adventurers… Read More

Breaking Barriers

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With the recent Ferguson, Mo., shooting fresh in everyone’s minds, children from Baltimore’s Jewish and African-American communities have detailed their own struggles with race relations — back in 2010, a highly-publicized altercation took place between an African-American teenager and two Jewish men in northern Park Heights — as part of a traveling photo exhibition in… Read More

Set For Super Sunday

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore kicks off its annual campaign this Sunday, Sept. 14, with its largest fundraiser of the year: Super Sunday. The event, which  raised $1.3 million last year, will see more than 100 volunteers flock to the Weinberg Park Heights JCC this Sunday to work phone banks and ask the… Read More

Medal of Honor

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Jewish veterans had a lot to celebrate at their recent convention in Charleston, S.C., not the least of which was an announcement by Baltimore resident Erwin A. Burtnick, a retired colonel and commander of the Jewish War Veteran’s Department of Maryland, that World War I veteran Sgt. William Shemin is being posthumously recommended for the… Read More