Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari HarperCollins, 416 pages

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Yuval Harari’s “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” already an international nonfiction bestseller, guides the reader across a vast, yet entirely accessible framework that draws on biology, anthropology and psychology to describe the dominance of Homo sapiens over other human species and systematically details all that we have accomplished — for better or for worse… Read More

Sanders: Being Jewish Taught Me ‘What Politics Is About’

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A day after a radio host falsely said that Sen. Bernie Sanders has Israeli citizenship, the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke publicly about how his Jewish identity has influenced him. In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor last week, Sanders (I-Vt.) said that he was “not particularly religious” but that as a… Read More

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A Levindale resident participates in an art project, circa 1960s. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Words Without Music: A Memoir By Philip Glass Liveright Publishing Company, 416 pages In New York in the 1960s it wasn’t unusual for struggling artists to do odd jobs to make a buck until the next big break. Philip Glass drove a cab. He also worked as a plumber, in a steel mill, did construction… Read More

Israeli Magician Breaks Guinness Mark with Coexistence Magic Lesson

JERUSALEM — An Israeli magician and a Haifa coexistence group broke the Guinness World Record for the largest magic lesson. The magician, Cagliostro, taught a group of 1,573 fifth- and-sixth graders from Haifa a card trick on June 1. The event, called “Haifa Magic for Peace,” was held in conjunction with Beit Hagefen, a cultural… Read More

What local charity do you donate to?

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Alvin Sachs: Beth Tfiloh and the Baltimore Child Abuse Center. Richard Wagner:Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund. (provides food, shelter, clothing and basic needs). Sara Kuperman: In Shifra’s Arms (help for women with unplanned pregnancies). Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

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Levindale junior volunteers are all smiles as they enjoy their work in this 1972 photo. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope By Wendy Holden Harper, 385 pages

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Eva Clarke likely is the youngest survivor of a Nazi death camp. She was born April 29, 1945, as her mother, Anka Nathanová sat atop a heap of sick and dying women on a wagon entering Mauthausen, where prisoners were worked, beaten, thrown and shot to death in a quarry atop a hill overlooking one… Read More