Economic Impact

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JERUSALEM — There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a visitor to Jerusalem’s high-end outdoor Mamilla mall skirting the Old City’s Western Wall just outside the Jaffa Gate would strain to hear Israel’s native language of Hebrew. Among the throngs of people perusing the jewelry stores, fashion houses and art galleries during the… Read More

JCC Employee Charged

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A JCC Aquatic Center employee has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor after telling an undercover detective posing as a juvenile that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with two teenage boys, according to Baltimore County Police. Charles David Beaver, 58, of the 3000 block of Main Street in Manchester, was held… Read More

National Synagogue Rabbi to Address Attacked Paris Synagogue

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom-The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., heads to Paris this weekend to deliver the Shabbat morning dvar Torah at the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue, which was attacked by pro-Palestinian protesters on Sunday. “When a synagogue is attacked anywhere in the world, it’s not just an attack on that synagogue, it’s… Read More

Baltimore Mourns For Hope

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The search for Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach came to a bitter end, but in the eyes of those gathered at Beth El Congregation last week, hope, in spite of sorrow, remains. Hosted by the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, the July 2 memorial service brought the Baltimore Jewish community together to… Read More

Associated Posts ‘Strong’ Numbers

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Linda A. Hurwitz enjoys telling people at Jewish federations across the country that she hails from Baltimore. Hurwitz, who travels to Jewish communities in her capacity as national campaign chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, explained last week that Baltimore has a “reputation” in the federation world. “We are rare,” she said during… Read More

All In The Family

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It all started in 2007 with a sick dog named Fonzie. When the Feigelson family dog had surgery in Tennessee, Baltimore resident Margy Resnick Feigelson seized the opportunity to meet her extended family in Knoxville for the first time. Feigelson, who had pored over genealogy websites to trace her family’s roots, immediately connected with her… Read More

The Ultimate Gift

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Dr. Alan Seyfer claimed his most valued instrument as a surgeon during his more than 40 years of practice has been, on many occasions, his in-depth knowledge of human anatomy. Seyfer, chair of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Anatomy Board, speaking to a crowd of approximately 250 at the Maryland Anatomical Donors… Read More

Fun for All

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The JCC held its first community block party at the Weinberg Owings Mills JCC on Sunday, June 8. Approximately 4,000 people attended, 110 faces were painted by Sophia Rosman, about 300 hot dogs and sausages and 250 hamburgers were served, four bands performed while a DJ entertained on the baseball field. Community members interacted with… Read More

Breaking Ground

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On Sunday, June 1, the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Towson and Goucher celebrated the official groundbreaking for the organization’s new building. The new location will allow the expansion of programs at a time when both Towson University’s and Goucher College’s Jewish student populations are growing, according to Rabbi Mendy and Sheiny Rivkin, who currently… Read More

Opening the Tent

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By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews… Read More