Meeting At Vatican One Between True Friends

Group photo of IJCIC members and Pope Francis. (PRNewsFoto/World Jewish Congress)

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  Israel Ch. 10 Tuesday reported that the United States has withdrawn objections to the appointment of Ron Dermer as the next Israel ambassador to the U.S., replacing Michael Oren.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

Takin’ It To The Bank

David Millman says he’s 
interested in making an 
impact in the community.

Meet David Millman. On the surface, Millman is your average Baltimorean. A 1973 graduate of Milford Mill Academy, he married his junior high sweetheart, Holly — both graduates of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. But today, Millman, 58, is anything but typical. He’s the Maryland and Baltimore market president for Bank of America, overseeing… Read More

Merci, Dr. Berci

The work of Dr. George Berci (center) resulted in the high level of technology that is now available for the performance of a variety of 
endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures. (Provided)

When he was asked to write and direct a documentary about the accomplishments of Dr. George Berci, L. Michael Brunt, a professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, knew Dr. Berci was a remarkable man. But it was only once he began to delve into the then-90-year-old surgeon’s life and the details of… Read More

Ready & Waiting

Danny Valencia says that even though he doesn’t have a starting role with the 
Orioles, he wants to 
contribute in any way he can. (Todd Olszewski)

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your… Read More

‘We Got Along’

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David & Dixie Berenson First Date: August 1941, the Bronx, N.Y. Wedding Date: June 6, 1943 Venue: Beth Tfiloh Congregation Current Residence: Baltimore Favorite Activities: Traveling The secret to a successful marriage, according to David Berenson, is to not go to sleep angry. “You can go to bed angry, but never go to sleep angry,”… Read More

‘Can’t The Jews Have One?’

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  It was a tragedy that is hard to forget. In March 2011, a terrorist infiltrated the town of Itamar and slaughtered five members of the Fogel family, including a 3-month-old baby girl and two other children. The killings were discovered by 12-year-old Tamar Fogel. Volunteers from Israel’s emergency cleanup organization ZAKA, who arrived on… Read More

‘Jews Are Still At Risk’

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Late last week, federal officials, along with representatives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington formally announced at a news conference the seizure of the long-lost “Rosenberg Diary.” The book, which had gone missing following the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, is a loose collection of the recollections — from spring 1936 to… Read More

Faster Than A Speeding Bagel

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As the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” flies to an opening on Father’s Day weekend, we earthbound Jewish men have the superhero’s creators — Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jewish teenagers from Cleveland — to thank for setting such a super high bar. Especially if Superman, the ultimate immigrant, is a member of the… Read More