‘A Gentle Warrior’

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The last two-plus years of Marcie Jeffers’ life were a battle. However, most people never would have known. She simply didn’t let them. Staring down brain cancer, Jeffers continued living the life she genuinely loved and enjoyed. And although she passed away on Tuesday, June 25, just one week after her 59th birthday — a… Read More

Netanyahu Reportedly Taps Dermer As Next Ambassador to U.S.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint his close aide Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, Army Radio reported Friday. According to the report, Dermer’s candidacy as ambassador has been in question for some time, as he was considered a “red sheet” in Obama administration circles for his perceived support… Read More

All About Family

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Love knows no bounds. That’s the message in a new book by Baltimore native Nathaniel Hoffman and co-author Nicole Salgado. In “Amor & Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s Borders,” Hoffman, a journalist, and Salgado, a biologist and educator, have exposed an aspect of the contentious immigration debate that readers may have overlooked until… Read More

Never Too Old

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Last Friday morning the Edward A. Myerberg Center was all about Mary Shofer. A day before Shofer’s 105th birthday, the fitness center regulars packed the workout area for a surprise birthday party. There were also family and friends and a variety of desserts and drinks. Countless photos were snapped. A reporter from a local news… Read More

B-a-a-a-con Up A Storm

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Ever wondered what it’s like to savor a delicious piece of bacon but can’t because you keep kosher? Well, members of the kosher community have reason to rejoice because kosher bacon has come to Pikesville. Chaim Silverberg, founder and creator of Lamb B-a-a-a-con (pronounced as if sounded by a lamb), is a special-needs teacher at… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

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I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope… Read More

Taxed & Overtaxed

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Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Meeting At Vatican One Between True Friends

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Citing the Declaration Nostra Aetate, and the teachings of Saint Paul, Pope Francis declared Monday, during his first official meeting in the Vatican with representatives of the Jewish community, that “due to our common roots, a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!” He continued, “The fundamental principles expressed by the Declaration have marked the path of greater… Read More

Sunflower Bakery Wins Disability Prize

Gaithersburg-based Sunflower Bakery, which trains students with developmental disabilities in its kosher facility for employment in the baking industry, this week won one of five $50,000 Ruderman Prizes for Disability. The second annual prize, which recognizes organizations operating innovative programs and services dedicated to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish… Read More

Dermer On His Way To Washington?

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  Israel Ch. 10 Tuesday reported that the United States has withdrawn objections to the appointment of Ron Dermer as the next Israel ambassador to the U.S., replacing Michael Oren. Back in December, rumors circulated that Dermer would be the next ambassador after the Israeli daily Makor Rishon reported that Oren had requested to end his… Read More