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Birthright - Jonah -08.11.2013
BY Jonah Wiesel
August 11, 2013

Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience, and will be one of my fondest memories when I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that CONTINUE »

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Baltimore gears up for Hot August Blues and Roots Festival
BY Marc Shapiro
August 8, 2013

The Hot August Blues and Roots Festival has come a long way since the first show 21 years ago at Brad Selko’s farm in Monkton. “A friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to have a picnic in your backyard with Charlie Musselwhite?’” Selko said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy?’” CONTINUE »

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Poland has a Jewish problem
BY Lawrence Grossman
August 1, 2013

The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has a Jewish problem. In a painful affront to the Jewish community, it recently defeated a government initiative to reinstate the legality of kosher slaughter of animals. This prompted Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, to threaten resignation and triggered sharp criticism of the Sejm from Jewish CONTINUE »

Kim Steller (left) and 
Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.
New nonprofit provides birthday-in-a-box
BY Simone Ellin
July 29, 2013

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood CONTINUE »

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BY Justin Hayet
July 24, 2013

While many 10-year-olds are busy spending their summers relaxing with friends after long hot days at camp, Lexi Thomas and Abby Levin are trekking around Baltimore spreading light, joy and happiness to the sick and the elderly. The girls founded their own nonprofit called Flowers for Powers and just recently received official nonprofit status. It CONTINUE »