Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jewish Baltimore

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“Our music is very influenced and inspired by the idea that every person has their own special note to play in this world, and we plan to get everyone excited and involved in the show, from the front row to the back,” said Bentzi Marcus, whose Jewish rock band, 8th Day, will hit Jewish Baltimore… Read More

A Tough Split

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For eight years, Irina Goldsmith has been taking her children, Jaxson, 12, and Payton, 10, to the youth duckpin bowling league at AMF Pikesville Lanes. This year, she said, league members will be traveling to the Westview lanes or dropping out entirely. No one is more surprised about this change than the league members themselves…. Read More

A Strong Personal Connection

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore recently announced the launch of an Israel Engagement Center to develop and fund strategies and initiatives that help connect Jewish Baltimore to Israel. It is not a physical center, it is a concept — of making Israel more central in our community’s mind. Co-chairing the initiative are Michael… Read More

Understanding And Intuition

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As a girl in Seattle, Anne Bush evinced little interest in the Holocaust, even though her father, Harry, was a survivor whose mother, sister and brother-in-law had been murdered. But as a mother in Baltimore, by then known as Chana Staiman, she gradually was drawn to the period, spurred in part by her elder son,… Read More

True To Their Words

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Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up,… Read More

A Kidney For Harry

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Three-and-a-half years ago, all was right in the world with Harry Burstyn. He had a good job, a great wife and two children. Then he thought he had kidney stones. There were complications, and he now finds himself, at 49, in kidney failure, receiving four to five hours of dialysis three days a week and… Read More

My Experience Leading My Peers On A Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

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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… Read More

Best Music Festival

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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?’”… Read More

Kosher Slaughter Ban

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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… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

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Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
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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… Read More