Unaccountable

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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… Read More

The Importance of Leadership

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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… Read More

The Story Of The Jews

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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… Read More

What was your favorite Purim moment this year?

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David Meltzer: Seeing how much money the Baltimore Jewish community gives to help needy Baltimore Jews. Devorah Ehrich (left): Spending time with three generations of family at the Megillah. Michelle Safier: Seeing my husband dressed in a furry lion mask all day. Saloman Benjamin: Making everyone happy for the holiday. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

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