Colorado Relief Effort

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has established an emergency relief fund to respond to the disastrous consequences of flooding in several Colorado communities. As of September 16, the Colorado Office of Emergency Management says that 17,494 homes are damaged and 1,502 homes are destroyed. An estimated 30-40 percent of the Jewish population in… Read More

Police Investigating Social Media ‘Predator’

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Baltimore County Police are investigating a complaint involving an unknown person who has engaged in sexually explicit video chats with two teenage girls. The girls, who are students at St. Paul’s School for Girls and live in Reisterstown, reported the incidents to the school, who notified police on Friday, Sept. 13. Officers came to the… Read More

Bringing Health Care To The People

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As the Affordable Care Act is implemented nationwide, millions of uninsured Americans will have a variety of health-care options to choose from. A healthier, insured population will bring a myriad of short- and long-term benefits to Maryland and the U.S. “Think of the [Maryland Health Benefit Exchange] as Travelocity or Expedia for health care and… Read More

Cerebral Celebration

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Some 400 people are expected to turn out for four weeks of Jewish learning, packed with courses taught by Baltimore rabbis from all denominations. The 65th Annual Adult Institute of Jewish Studies, organized by the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, begins Oct. 1 and will run every Tuesday through Oct. 22 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (7401… Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jewish Baltimore

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“Our music is very influenced and inspired by the idea that every person has their own special note to play in this world, and we plan to get everyone excited and involved in the show, from the front row to the back,” said Bentzi Marcus, whose Jewish rock band, 8th Day, will hit Jewish Baltimore… Read More

The Makings Of A Mission

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore earlier this summer unveiled new mission, vision and value statements — not too dissimilar from what the organization had on its website before. But there is a change. The vision statement now states clearly that The Associated “will secure the resources necessary to address the evolving landscape of… Read More

The Precious Gift of Frieda Pertman

Frieda Pertman, 96, who lost her parents and six siblings to the Holocaust, displays her aunt’s more-than-100-year-old crocheted lace. At right, Frieda at 26 in Russia with son Allan, daughter Rita and late husband Chaim.

The first thing Frieda Pertman did during an interview late last week was lovingly display delicate tendrils of crocheted lacework and embroidery on her lap. She had just received them in the mail from a newly discovered cousin.  But the lace was more than a thoughtful gift.  It helped weave together pieces of an extended… Read More

Sweet & Savory

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It happened so fast. Who pressed the fast-forward button on summer? It felt as if Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur got the bum’s rush from the Jewish calendar. I went from the hot sweat of August to the cold sweat of preparing my Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur menus. Now, just as I take a deep breath,… Read More

Green Golan

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Israel is renowned for creating innovative solutions for dealing with a scarcity of natural resources from seawater desalination to drip irrigation. Indeed, these technologies have been sold internationally and are aiding the solution of dire water and food shortages in the developing world. Israel has now begun to focus on a new challenge, that of… Read More

‘Friends Are Watching’

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Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people. Some suggested that once again the tail was wagging the dog and Israel was leading the United… Read More