Is the groundhog right? Will we have six more weeks of winter?

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Beth Bluman: On Facebook, the groundhog said, “I’m a groundhog, not a meteorologist.” Allison Jennings-Roche: Yes, I don’t think it’s going to warm up anytime soon. Gwen Shar: Sure, the groundhog is always right, obviously. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Strategy Is Everything

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Whether you’re a business or nonprofit, a well-thought-out strategy will make the difference between success and failure for a social media campaign. First, define your goals and objectives. Why are you on social media? To create awareness? Build an engaged community of followers? Solicit donations? Once you have that figured out, make certain your objectives… Read More

Life With a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome

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By Kathryn U. Hulings University of North Texas Press, 288 pages Get ready for some humor and sensitivity training in biographical form. This is the life story of a Down syndrome boy and his very special family, told by his remarkable and loving mother, Kathryn Hulings. It isn’t just Michael who is a superhero; his… Read More

Will your Super Bowl plans change if the game is on Saturday instead of Sunday due to severe weather?

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Adam Taxin: It means I will win my bet for dinner at Citron & Rose near Philly even sooner after the Seahawks turn Peyton Oldmanning and the Broncos into Alpo. L.O.B.! Chris Girodano: I have no concept of the Super Bowl right now, I am going right back to Afghanastan. It is probably just going to get… Read More

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