‘A Testament To Freedom’

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Glenn Marcus grew up in the flickering light of the old-style movie house, not today’s corporate multiplex cinemas. The smell of mustiness and popcorn still takes him back to the Hollywood Theatre in Arbutus, which his grandfather owned and ran as a mom-and-pop business: his aunt sold concessions, his dad helped out with the books… Read More

Shanghai’s Jews

The city of Shanghai was home to some 20,000 Jews in the years 
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The Jewish refugee history of Shanghai will be the topic of choice at the eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration on Sunday, May 18. “We always think West,” said Rabbi Marvin Tokayer. “We don’t think of Jews being in Bombay or Shanghai.” Tokayer, who spent two years living in… Read More

Fallen Heroes Remembered

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A year after her little brother’s death, Shelly Brezicki said her family still thinks about Gene Kirchner every single day. “We had Gene’s unveiling yesterday,” Brezicki said on April 28. “Every day, we remember that Gene’s not here.” Her brother, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, was just 25 when he died eight… Read More

Hackerman-Patz House Celebrates Decade

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For the last decade, more than 30,000 people from 8,000 families from all over the United States and the world have had a second home at the Sinai Hospital campus. The Hackerman-Patz House has served as a place to rest and make new friends for patients undergoing a variety of extended treatments and their families…. Read More

‘Glitches’ in Kansas City security plan

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The deadly shooting in the parking lots of two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., exposed “glitches” in the Kansas City Jewish community’s security plan, according to the head of the local Jewish federation. Todd Stettner, president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, said he was glad to see… Read More

Legislative Look-Back

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For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in… Read More

Jewish Orgs. on Alert After Fatal Shootings in Kansas City

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as an alleged gunman took the lives of three people in two attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement village. According to various news reports, at about 1… Read More

Kerry Warns ‘It’s Reality Check Time’

Secretary of State John Kerry has made 11 trips to the Middle East since July to facilitate Israeli-Arab peace talks. Last week, it looked as though his efforts were thwarted, when President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership in international bodies — a move considered off limits by the American-brokered negotiation terms. In response, Israel canceled… Read More

Freedom at a Price

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High school and middle school students from the Bais Yaakov School for Girls gathered in the auditorium at the school’s Mount Washington location to hear famed refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch share his story of fighting Russian oppression from behind the Iron Curtain. Mendelevitch, whose “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival” was… Read More

Son of a Stitch

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Photos provided The sewing machine looked harmless enough until it almost shot him. Mike Peisach, a veteran of the Korean War, fished a live .32-caliber bullet from under the needle plate of a machine during a routine repair. Peisach, who started repairing sewing machines when he was 15, has handed down death warrants on many… Read More