Finding Dinner on the Social Network

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Food lovers, pay close attention to today’s world of instant gratification, social media and real-time chatter, as the Internet is open for business all the time. Simply placing a post with a picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook produces an instant response. There are deals to be had and immediate needs to be found and… Read More

What do you do to celebrate Purim?

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Kerri Cohen: We do everything. This year, we will go to the Beth El Extravaganza. They do Megillah and then a banquet. Then the Porters are having an open house we will go to! Rivka and Avraham Heisler: Spend time with family and friends and try to take advantage of the meaning of the day. Tammy Mintz: We… Read More

Building Better Neighborhoods

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Since a bequest of $11 million from the estate of Morris Goldseker in 1975, the Goldseker Foundation has grown to a $100 million philanthropy that has granted $85 million to 530 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In the mid-2000s, the foundation’s board expanded to include independent directors and a second generation of Goldseker… Read More

Habad Portraits: Interesting People, Events, and Curiosities in Habad Hasidism

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By Rabbi Chaim Dalfin Jewish Enrichment Press, 226 pages Looking at the title of Chasidic ethnographer Rabbi Chaim Dalfin’s latest work, it would be easy to conclude that “Habad Portraits” is the sort of book that only appeals to either adherents or the academics studying them. Such an impression would be wrong. Presenting a collection… Read More

What memories do you have of camp?

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Dena Sondhelm: I went to sleep-away camps, and I just remember having to schlep duffel bags from one end of campus to the other. Susan Fehersmith: I went to camp in Hungary and I remember being really sad when my mom dropped me off and left me there. Kory Hardy: I went to basketball camp, and the counselors… Read More

Pinning on Pinterest

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If you’re into social media but haven’t yet discovered Pinterest, then you’re missing out on one of the hottest trends around. As a rapidly growing social network, Pinterest is a virtual museum of online pinboards that users create and curate by “pinning” images, sound and video collected from the Web. Pins can be pictures of… Read More

The Imposter Bride

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By Nancy Richler St. Martin’s Griffin, 368 pages “The Imposter Bride” begins with the wedding of Lily Azerov, fresh from the experience of World War II, to Nathan Kramer, a Jew from Montreal. Lily is not who she claims to be. She is working hard to put her past behind her and build a new… Read More

What is one of your last Tweets or posts on Facebook?

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Simcha Siff: Thanks for all the Mitzvah wishes for new born son. Daniel Goetz: Baltimore is ready for nicer weather to get outside with family. Scott Taylor: Revealing insight of the mass human suffering in North Korea and what are we going to do? Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Going Beyond the Startup Nation

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Each May the world’s leading biomedical companies flock to Israel for the Startup Nation’s annual BioMed Conference, joining participants from more than 45 countries. This year, BioMed is being combined with an Israeli high-technology conference to create the largest advanced technology business forum ever held in the Jewish state: MIXiii: The Israel Innovation Conference. “We’re… Read More

Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation after My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

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By Leah Vincent Nan A. Talese, 228 pages, “Cut Me Loose” is a memoir describing Leah Vincent’s journey of leaving strict Jewish Orthodoxy and ending up a non-Observant Harvard attendee. The book begins with her rebellious teen years in Pittsburgh. Eventually, she is sent to Israel to study in a seminary for older girls who… Read More