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Two concerts to commemorate Kristallnacht, bring beauty out from the darkness
BY Suzanne Pollak
November 7, 2013

While it may not seem like the breaking of glass windows at Jewish-owned buildings by the Nazis would have inspired any creativity at all, two upcoming concerts at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda prove that it takes a lot more than that to quiet art. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, more than 300 CONTINUE »

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Baltimore programs among top 50 as leaders in innovation
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 30, 2013

Baltimore has landed itself, once again, on the list innovators. Last week when “The Slingshot 2013-2014 Guide” was released, two area organizations, the Pearlstone Center and the Jewish Community Center, both agencies of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, made the list of North America’s Top 50 innovative Jewish organizations. This is the third CONTINUE »

Vicki Almond (center, red jacket) announced that she will run again for County Councilwoman, District 2.
Source: David Stuck
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 29, 2013

At an upscale event at the DoubleTree Pikesville, Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond told a crowd of hundreds that she will again run to head up District 2. After speeches by multiple public officials, including one by Sen. Ben Cardin, Almond said she is running again because she cares about the community. “I am out CONTINUE »

Lou Reed dies at 71.
Musician Lou Reed dies at 71
BY Marc Shapiro
October 28, 2013

  Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the front-man for the band Velvet Underground, as well as a solo artist, died Sunday, Oct. 27. Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, was 71. He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse. A cause of death was not made public. Reed, CONTINUE »

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More than two decades after sexual assault, woman returns to Baltimore to speak against her alleged rapist
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 23, 2013

There is no statute of limitation for the crime of rape in Maryland. That law has become increasingly relevant to Rebecca Pastor, 46, of Essex County, N.J. Pastor, who was manipulated and raped in her Fountainview apartment 23 years ago — on Christmas Day 1990 — returned to Baltimore last week to meet with police CONTINUE »