Ravensbruck By Sarah Helm Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 633 pages

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Welcome to hell on earth. This Nazi nightmare is called Ravensbruck, a slave labor camp for women. The prisoners worked and lived in unspeakable conditions, were fed almost nothing and abused by their guards; when they became “useless mouths” (Nazispeak for those unable to work), they were gassed, shot or simply sent into the cold,… Read More

Shabbat-Observant Student Prerecorded Saturday Commencement Speech

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A graduating senior at Binghamton University in New York delivered the commencement speech via a prerecorded video since it fell on Shabbat. Don Greenberg, of Teaneck, N.J., stood at the podium on stage during the Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering commencement on May 16, but did not speak live. Orthodox Jews such as Greenberg… Read More

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A member of the Levindale Ladies Auxiliary Board in an undated photo. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

What is a good way to stay cool in the summer?

Fruma Belinsky: Drink a coffee smoothie. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky: Sit outside with a nice cool drink. Esther Liba Belinsky: Keep a CamelBak handy. Don Friedman: Go to the mountains. Spend some time in Western Maryland. Stan Katz: Sit in front of the air conditioner. Roy Marks: The same thing you do in the winter. Hibernate!… Read More

All Who Go Do Not Return By Shulem Deen Graywolf, 310 pages

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Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Chasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to question, might see his exile as punishment for having tasted from the tree of secular knowledge, but it’s not that simple. “There was no… Read More

Nobel Medal of German Doc Who Shielded Jews Brings $395K

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LOS ANGELES — A Nobel Prize medal that belonged to a German doctor who shielded Jews in pre-Holocaust Germany fetched $395,000 at an auction. The medal, auctioned off on April 30 through Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles, had a gold value of about $8,700 and was put on the market by the grandson… Read More

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With Rita Solow Morris is in the front row, 1947 graduates of the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing pose for their class picture. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in… Read More

What makes a good neighbor?

John Turns: A good neighbor is one who isn’t too nosey. There’s a line between being friendly and being intrusive. Ken Niman: Looking out for each other when your neighbor is away. John Chadwick: They’re there when you want them and they’re not when you don’t. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Léon Blum, Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist By Pierre Birnbaum

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Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland in 1936, Mussolini consolidated his hold on Italy, and Franco began his conquest of Spain. Nazism and fascism were ascendant. But in France, the situation was very different. A socialist Jewish intellectual became the head of the French government. For a brief moment, while much of Europe spiraled into a Nazi… Read More