A Fine September Morning

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By Alan Fleishman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 382 pages Just as the Israelites fled Egypt for Sinai while chased by Pharoah’s chariots, so did Eastern European Jewry flee for the promised land of America, in many cases chased by pogroms. Alan Fleishman’s novel follows Avi Schneider from 1905 Russia to the immigrant’s dream — and… Read More

Israel’s Excellence in Cyber Security

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There’s no better example of Israel’s cyber security prowess than the contrast between the ineffectual hacking attack on Israeli government websites last year by the cyber terror gang Anonymous and last month’s successful cyber attack on giant retailer Target that resulted in the theft of credit card information from more than 100 million customers. Once… Read More

Sight Reading

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By Daphne-Kalotay Harper Luxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2013, 352 pages Nicholas Elko is a world-renowned composer who moves to Boston with his wife, Hazel, and his daughter, Jessie. While his wife is away visiting family, Nicholas has an affair with Remy, a violin student, and the two discover that they are soul mates…. Read More

Do you prefer Shabbat starting early or late?

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Barry Nabozny: Early, because I love Shabbos. Chazzan Emanuel Perlman: I prefer late services. I am a Chazzan at Chizuk Amuno. Lisa Barkan: I’ve actually never thought about that. We go to services the first Friday night of every month — to Oheb Shalom’s family service. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Philanthropy More Than Just Money

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The Downtown Baltimore JCC is barely a year old and it is already a resounding success. Oversubscribed before it even opened its doors, it now boasts a drop-in center for its more than 75 — and growing — families and eight staffers, and it even has a family happy hour. Much of its success is… Read More

Segalvitz

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By Mark Carp Xlibris 2013, 176 pages Minimalist. Concise. Pulls no punches. These could be three equally useful descriptions of Mark Carp’s novel “Segalvitz.” This is the story of a downtrodden young Jewish man in a city run by a powerful political machine who makes good through his moxie and his willingness to take risks…. Read More

Do you think the Ravens have a chance in 2014?

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Jeffrey Stern: Sure, if they change some of the staff and some of the [players]. Hillel Tendler: Sure, everybody has a chance. We believe in teshuva. Tibby Lanwehr: I am going to say no. I’m not from Baltimore. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Now’s The Time To Join The Network

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Everyone seemingly has a Facebook or Twitter account these days, but if 2013 left you still wondering what hashtags are all about, then it’s time to get social. Social media’s power to connect people, places and brands is unmatched by any other form of communication today. Used by people of all ages, Facebook is the… Read More

Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself

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by Eileen Rockefeller Blue Rider Press 2013, 336 pages Eileen Rockefeller comes from a large, influential family. As part of American royalty, you would expect Eileen to be spoiled. Surprisingly however, Eileen was grounded. Nevertheless, her family’s inability to express emotions and her mother’s dark moods, as well as rivalry and competition as the youngest… Read More