Orioles Rally

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More than 300 people participated in an Orioles rally at Stevenson University as part of the team’s “We Won’t Stop” campaign on Monday. The event featured former Oriole Scott McGregor, the Oriole Bird and trivia with signed memorabilia as prizes.

Still Waiting

Photo by Melissa Gerr

After 16 hours of polling that included strong voter turnout but some confusion at polls in a Tuesday referendum that pitted elements of the large Jewish community in Ramapo, N.Y., against each other and against other citizens, a state court has halted the tabulation of votes, pending a hearing on alleged voting irregularities. Election workers… Read More

Polarized Polling

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Agudath Israel of America, a national organization that promotes the ideals of Orthodox Judaism, recently disseminated a notice urging citizens in the town of Ramapo, N.Y. — home to the heavily Jewish hamlet of Monsey — to vote against today’s referendum on political districting. The measure would reshape the town’s voting districts away from a… Read More

Nowhere to hide

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The Maryland Institute College of Art celebrated Constitution Day last week with a symposium headlined by 1970s-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a diverse panel of other guests. Described in his instruction as “the first person in America to be arrested for leaking top-secret documents,” Ellsberg was responsible for the release of “The Pentagon Papers” and… Read More

Let the Refs Make the Call

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If you were lucky enough to catch Sunday’s NFC matchup between divisional rivals the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles — most Baltimore-area television sets were tuned to the Ravens’ field-goal-clinching 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns — it either came across as old-style football or thuggery run amok. One thing’s for sure, though: The… Read More

The Day After

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When the 15 Baltimoreans who attended a mission to Israel last week initially signed up for the trip, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Ira Malis, who, along with the rest of his fellow travelers, signed up for The Day After mission… Read More

Yom Kippur Without Fasting

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Each sect of Judaism has its own way of observing the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, but there is at least one custom observed across the board: fasting. As members of the Baltimore Jewish community spend the day in synagogue with empty stomachs beginning the night of Oct. 3, some observing the holiday won’t… Read More

One-on-One with Jon Lovitz

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“Yeah! That’s the ticket!” Former “Saturday Night Live” star and Emmy-nominated actor Jon Lovitz is coming to Baltimore for two nights only. Headlining at the Baltimore Comedy Factory for four performances on Friday and Saturday, Lovitz says he’s prepared his best material for the Baltimore crowd. “I’m lucky because I’ve gotten to see the whole… Read More

Wanted!

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When you look at the history of Jews in sports, there were a number of outstanding coaches and managers who also were outstanding teachers and mentors. A couple of Hall of Fame examples who come to mind are  Arnold “Red” Auerbach, a graduate of George Washington University who won nine NBA championships as the head… Read More

Count Your Blessings

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Based on a verse in the Book of Deuteronomy, the Talmud declares that a Jew should recite 100 blessings a day to adhere to God’s ways and to serve Him. Fortunately, reciting the blessings for prayer and meals, each three times a day, easily achieves the required number. But it becomes a challenge if meals… Read More