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Nico Sarbanes, son of Congressman John Sarbanes, was the only student musician featured in the Baltimore Jazz Alliance’s recent showcase
BY Marc Shapiro
October 10, 2013

Nico Sarbanes’ parents planted musical seeds early in his life, perhaps paving the way for him to become a jazz trumpeter. “Jazz was the first music I heard when I was growing up,” he said. “My parents were playing Sinatra and Tony Bennett for me when I was a kid.” Sarbanes, the son of Dina CONTINUE »

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World mourns the loss of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
BY Maayan Jaffe with JTA Wire Service and JNS.org
October 10, 2013

More than 800,000 people (one-tenth of the population of Israel) attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral earlier this week. Rabbi Yosef died Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem of complications from multiple organ failure. He was 93. Since his passing, countless articles and statements by some of the world’s most important Jewish (and CONTINUE »

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BY Ian Zelaya
October 10, 2013

Hostess Brands recently emerged from bankruptcy, which means Wonder Bread is back on the shelves. Remember Wonder Bread? It’s hard to forget the fluffy American sandwich staple of the 20th century. But now, it’s going kosher. The Orthodox Union recently announced that it’s certifying Wonder Bread products in regions of the U.S. If the product CONTINUE »

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Event honors the memory, legacy of Dr. Louis L. Kaplan
BY Gabriel Lewin
October 10, 2013

Displayed prominently at the entrance to the new Joseph Meyerhoff Collection — consisting of more than 70,000 volumes of Jewish history, education and religious practice —  is the visage of the titanic leader of the former Baltimore Heb-rew University: Dr. Louis L. Kaplan. His presence and his legacy loom over this extensive collection now housed CONTINUE »

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Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies helps local, world community grapple with mistrust, lack of understanding among people of different faiths
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 10, 2013

It has been a quarter-century since Christopher M. Leighton, executive director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, set out to disarm religious hostility. “I didn’t realize there would be such job security in that field,” said Leighton with a slight chuckle. Talking with the JT just before the final program celebrating the ICJS’s CONTINUE »