Finding balance in both life and death

Editorial Director

Nobody likes dealing with the dead. So many of us view it as a necessary evil: Attending to the burial of a loved one is seen as a crucial part of the mourning process, but it is never embraced as something to be anticipated. It is what it is, much like death itself. But one… Read More

Three JCC Lifeguards Honored

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Earlier this summer, JCC lifeguards Andrew Minkin, Jalina Ray and Jennifer Siegel’s skills were put to the test. Fortunately, all three of the Red Cross-trained lifeguards passed with flying colors, saving the life of a young boy. When Ray spotted an 8-year-old swimmer, wearing a mask and snorkel, who seemed to be struggling in the… Read More

Weapons of War

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The citizens of Ferguson, Mo., in suburban St. Louis, are not Taliban fighters or al-Qaeda hijackers. Nor are they narco-criminals. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at photos of the police force that faced them after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9. In those… Read More

Right Man for the Job

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After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the… Read More

Looking to the Past for Our Future

Editorial Director

You need only look at the prime-time television commercials to realize that genealogy is a big business — a $1.6 billion one, in fact, according to a 2012 report on “Good Morning America.” With Ancestry.com’s sepia-toned spots pulling at heartstrings across the country, it seems that more and more people are seeking out their links… Read More

‘An Effort of Love’

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Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained… Read More

Fond Farewell to Frankle

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It only takes five minutes with Rick Frankle to know that he is a mensch. And Frankle has spent the better part of three decades at Camp Airy, teaching boys and younger men to become menschen too. Frankle, 57, who has served as the camp’s director since 2002, will retire at the end of this… Read More

Living with the Land

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At Bet Yeladim’s new Jewish teaching garden — Gan Ellen in Columbia — preschool students learn Jewish values in a hands-on environment. “The best way to teach children is to get their hands dirty,” said Bet Yeladim’s executive director, Jodi Fishman. “By having an educational garden in our school, we are able to provide Jewish… Read More

Police Still Searching for Clues in Miami Rabbi Murder

Police have ramped up patrols in the Northeast Miami neighborhood where Rabbi Joseph Raksin was murdered last Saturday on his way to a local synagogue in the hopes of catching Raksin’s killer or killers. On Monday, hundreds attended the funeral in Miami for Raksin, an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who was shot on his way… Read More

‘Campaign of Retaliation’

Jay Jalisi surprised many when he won a Top 2 slot in June’s House of Delegates primary election. The District 10 general election candidate defeated three officially supported candidates, losing only to incumbent Del. Adrienne Jones when all votes were totaled. Three days after the election, on June 27, Jalisi, together with his Friends of Jay… Read More