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

Boycott Update

Maryland’s anti-boycott bill may not be dead, but it’s on life support. Two weeks after hearings on the bill in the Senate Budget and Taxation and House Appropriations committees, the bill that dropped in the House of Delegates with 51 co-sponsors has undergone a lot of trimming, including an amendment that would strip it of… Read More

The Stories That Connect Us

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At a time in life when others get lost in music or drugs or the high school social scene, one particular headstrong 16-year-old decides that his teenage rebellion requires wearing a yarmulke. He knows little about kashrut, even less about Jewish history and practice, but he knows that he’s Jewish. And so he makes a… Read More

Community Protests Murderer’s Appeal

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Approximately 250 people from Baltimore’s Jewish community traveled by bus, car and subway train to protest the appeal trial of then 24-year-old Wayne Stephen Young, who was convicted of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebowitz in 1969. A student of the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, she was last seen in Pikesville after being dropped off at… Read More

Embracing the Purim Spirit

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You certainly don’t need to be reminded, but there’s nothing like spending Purim in Baltimore. As if last week’s pre-holiday carnivals weren’t enough, entire streets became parking lots on Sunday, bumper-to-bumper traffic competing with costumed revelers in the race to deliver precious shlach manot to neighbors and friends. The scene was one of tremendous unity,… Read More