The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

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By Eve Harris Black Cat, 371 pages Long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by first-time novelist Eve Harris takes the reader behind the scenes and into the lives of 19-year-old Chani Kaufman, her fiance, Baruch Levy, and Rabbi Chaim and Rebbitzin Rivka Silbermann, who counsel the young couple on… Read More

What is your favorite summertime activity?

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Marny Bennof: Swimming in a pool on a warm day. Debbie Pearlmutter: Gardening and going to the beach. Charlie Abzug: Long walks on Shabbat and enjoying fresh air. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Today’s philanthropy is more and more about Partnerships

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It is a rare day when all the stars and the heavens come together; one recent Tuesday was such a day. Thirteen haredi women, each from a different stream of the religious mosaic, graduated from a new program that provides them with opportunities to work in Israel. The project, which trains such women to work… Read More

Menachem Begin, The Battle for Israel’s Soul

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By Daniel Gordis Schocken, 320 pages Daniel Gordis calls Menachem Begin “the most Jewish of Israel’s prime ministers” and a leader now much missed. “I wrote this book to find out why,” said Gordis, also a rabbi and senior vice president at Shalem College in Jerusalem. How could “someone so polarizing, so controversial … appear… Read More

Why is Israel important to you?

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Lambert Zirkind: It’s our place, it’s our home. Lindsay Gold: It is the place of our culture. There are so many facets of why it is important; it’s a place where we can all enjoy each other. Marsha Argo: Because it’s my ethnicity. It’s important that the Jews have a home. Want to place an order online? Visit… Read More

Getting those surefire ideas out of your head

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If your brain is about to explode from a stockpile of opinions, ideas and observations that burn to break out, then maybe you should consider blogging. Blogs are a great way to openly express your views on a variety of subjects, share vital information, educate readers with your wealth of knowledge and leave your mark… Read More

Shabbat Schnoodle

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By Isabelle Foreman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 34 pages As the uncle of two, a boy who will soon be 4 and a girl who will soon be 7, I read this book with great interest to see if I could pass it on to them. With a concept all ages can grasp, vivid illustrations… Read More

How do you think the Orioles will do this year?

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Margie Cohn: I love them. I  think they will come out in the middle of the pack. Danny Prero: Better than the past 15 years! Michelle Wions: I hope they do better than last year. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Israel and Maryland: Protecting the Internet

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Israel has long been called the “gold standard” for homeland security, because of its need to protect itself in all domains of warfare, which most recently includes cyber security attacks. At the same time, Maryland is called the “epicenter” of cyber security in the U.S. because the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command are… Read More

The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections

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By Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan Jewish Publication Society, 367 pages By now, the changing landscape of modern American Jewry is not news, what with soaring rates of intermarriage and assimilation and, with the exception of Orthodox Jews, the dramatic reduction in synagogue attendance and affiliation. What some may not have heard is what might be… Read More