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Men’s groups carry traditional roots but fill a modern-day purpose
BY Melissa Gerr
January 16, 2014

On a recent Sunday morning more than 60 people attended the Brotherhood breakfast at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) featuring storyteller and Baltimore oracle Gilbert Sandler. It was pouring rain and near freezing, but the social gathering and sounds of old and new friends catching up while sharing a meal warmed the synagogue hall. The Brotherhood CONTINUE »

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Area women mourn the closing of longtime retailer
BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

On the afternoon of Jan. 9, the parking lot at Loehmann’s in Timonium was busier than usual. When the 93-year-old retail establishment announced its bankruptcy and plans to close its remaining 39 locations in 11 states by March 31, droves of the store’s faithful customers rushed to the discount designer fashion haven to grab some CONTINUE »

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Former Israeli Prime Minister passed away last week
BY David Holzel and Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who CONTINUE »

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‘Torah-Rock’ band toured internationally in ’70s and ’80s
BY Marc Shapiro
January 16, 2014

Avraham Rosenblum grew up during the Woodstock generation; he even attended the legendary music festival in 1969. But when he left behind his hippie rags for spiritual riches, he helped found a band that would pioneer Jewish rock music. The Diaspora Yeshiva Band formed on Mount Zion in Jerusalem in 1975, creating a unique sound CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
January 16, 2014

If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that in just a couple of months after setting the tomato plants, you’ll be able — barring any unforeseen calamity — to enjoy the precious fruits of your labor. Planting a tree, though, requires much more work over a much longer time span. There’s the pruning and CONTINUE »