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“If you want to be joyful, you create the joy.” — Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
BY Phil Jacobs
July 9, 2013

Betty Cherniak is happy. She defines her happiness as “the intersection of serenity and peacefulness.” And she has a chevra that feels the same way. Each Tuesday evening a group of about 10 to 12 Happiness Club members meet at the Enoch Pratt Library on Reisterstown Road across from Tov Pizza and Kosher Bite. Cherniak CONTINUE »

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Volunteer, young patient form lasting relationship
BY Simone Ellin
July 3, 2013

“A godsend and a blessing.” That’s what Jeff Jones said when asked about the impact of Hackerman-Patz House volunteer Frada Wall on his son, Cameron, now 11. The Hackerman-Patz House Patient and Family Pavilion provides short- and long-term housing options for patients and caregivers who live out of town and are receiving treatment at Sinai CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
June 30, 2013

Three children at the Goldman Union Camp Institute near Indianapolis were injured when lightning struck the field in which they were holding a camp activity. One of the children reportedly is in critical but stable condition from the Saturday afternoon lightning strike on the Reform movement camp located in Zionville, Ind. The three injured children CONTINUE »

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A cantorial odyssey
BY Cantor Thom King
June 27, 2013

I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope CONTINUE »

The work of Dr. George Berci (center) resulted in the high level of technology that is now available for the performance of a variety of 
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New documentary tells remarkable story of survival, strength, smarts
BY Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

When he was asked to write and direct a documentary about the accomplishments of Dr. George Berci, L. Michael Brunt, a professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, knew Dr. Berci was a remarkable man. But it was only once he began to delve into the then-90-year-old surgeon’s life and the details of CONTINUE »