Miscellaneous

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

Jonathan Kolker was the treasurer of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the early 1990s and was one of the first on the ground in the Former Soviet Union to assist with Jews who chose not to emigrate but rather to sustain their lives in Eastern Europe. Odessa was one of the first major CONTINUE »

September 25, 2013

Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Ethan Bortnick Performs The Gordon Center For Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills Russian-born Ethan Bortnick, 13, began playing on a toy piano when he was 3. Today, this piano prodigy holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest musician to host a solo CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

How Many Soviet Jews Were There? In 1986, an averaging of figures by Western demographers suggests that there may have been 2 million to 2.5 million Jews in the U.S.S.R., making it the third-largest Jewish population in the world outside of the U.S. and Israel. In 1986, Soviet Jews represented approximately 65 percent of European CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
September 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act mandated that states start their own health exchange systems or participate in a federal exchange. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) was created on April 12, 2011, as an independent, public corporation responsible for developing and operating Maryland Health Connection, the marketplace. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s nine-member board includes board CONTINUE »

Toby Lightman shines
BY Simone Ellin
September 18, 2013

Even if you haven’t heard Toby Lightman’s name, you’ve probably heard her music. Since her first album, “Little Things,” debuted in 2004, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter’s music has been virtually everywhere. Lightman will be in Baltimore on Nov. 2, when she performs at Eutaw Place, a venue that has featured up-and-coming singer-songwriters since spring 2012. Although CONTINUE »