Mishmash

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BY Heather Norris
April 3, 2014

By Jeffrey F. Barken Banjo Press, 128 pages What begins as a collection of short stories quickly turns into an intriguing narrative in “This Year in Jerusalem.” Barken, who based the book on his own experiences living on a kibbutz in southern Israel from 2009 to 2010, incorporates characters from almost every walk of life CONTINUE »

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BY John Starrels
March 27, 2014

By Marty Makary, M.D. Bloomsbury Press, 246 pages Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an associate professor of health policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has written a spell-binding, deeply troubling book on the shameful condition of U.S. hospital care and what steps should be taken to reform CONTINUE »

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March 27, 2014

In 1992, Israel was emerging from a crisis of hyper-inflation and struggling with double-digit unemployment spurred by the mass immigration of Russian Jewry. The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore stepped in to help. Two of The Associated’s lay leaders, Hanan “Bean” Sibel and Marvin Schapiro, understood that the American Jewish community could help build CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
March 20, 2014

By David J. Goldberg     Andre Deutsch, 96 pages Venturing into a field characterized more by the voluminous tomes written over the last couple of centuries, David J. Goldberg offers a coffee table worthy bird’s-eye view of Jewish history. As rabbi emeritus of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, Goldberg is perhaps better known for his interfaith CONTINUE »