Weekend Backpacks Give Lifeline to Hungry Kids Since March, Sandie Nagel has been sending backpacks full of food home with needy students in the city

From left: Volunteers Margery Braver and Leslie 
Monfred with Weekend Backpacks founder Sandie Nagel, at Chimes, where employees and volunteers pack bags of food for needy Baltimore City students 
to take home for the weekend.

On a recent Thursday morning at the Chimes facility in Milford Mill, a group of volunteers and employees were hard at work packing backpacks full of apples, milk, juice, jelly and canned food. While others in the same room were putting together boxes and loading them with beer from a local brewery to be enjoyed… Read More

Giving Back Jewish businesses in Baltimore have a history of philanthropic action

Eight local Jewish businesses will join The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1. The concept of a day of giving started three years ago in New York’s 92nd Street Y.

As the holiday season approaches, several Jewish business owners in Baltimore have made it a point to become involved in a cause they are passionate about through philanthropy. Stanley Drebin, owner of Goldberg’s Bagels in Pikesville, said since he opened his store almost 18 years ago he has donated to hundreds of charities, giving to… Read More

Food Station Specialization Bar and bat mitzvah caterers try to cover all bases when planning for events

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“Something for everyone” seems to be the common refrain among caterers in 2015 in their approach to preparing for bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Caterers in Baltimore often cook for several dozen parties per year, customizing the menu in such a way that attempts to meet the needs of each set of guests. Owings Mills… Read More

‘A Beast’ of a Bar Mitzvah

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There are two things Matt Biers-Ariel never expected would happen to him. The first thing is his son telling him he didn’t want to have a bar mitzvah. The second is riding a tandem bike 3,800 miles across the country with his wife, Djina, and children Yonah and Solomon. Readers find out how one led… Read More

Same Place, Different Time

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Anne King, 64, is a native Baltimorean and has attended Chizuk Amuno Congregation all her life. She went to Hebrew school, had her bat mitzvah and saw the congregation move from its downtown location on Eutaw Place to Stevenson Road in Pikesville. After getting married (her husband also had his bar mitzvah at Chizuk Amuno),… Read More

B’nai Mitzvahs in the Holy Land Some families opt to celebrate the religious milestone in Israel

A bar mitzvah at the Kotel in Jerusalem. (©iStockphoto.com/RobertHoetink)

For the second time, Herbert Bergunder and his family traveled to Israel this August to celebrate a bar mitzvah. “Sometimes a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah in the U.S. makes a child seem very big, and religion seems beside the point,” Bergunder, a  Baltimore attorney and member at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, said. “In Israel …… Read More