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

New Study: Israeli Elderly Are At Risk

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An October study by the Taub Center revealed that Israel is one of the great anomalies in the developed world when it comes to poverty among the elderly. Taub Center Executive Director Dan Ben-David said: “The case of poverty among the elderly — those 65 years old and over who are at or above what… Read More

State of Failure

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By Jonathan Schanzer Palgrave Macmillan 2013, 356 pages This book lays out the history of the Palestinians from 1947, when the British withdrew from Palestine, to today and their status as a U.N. nonmember observer state.  The author notes the main reason for the failure of a Palestinian state is the lack of strategic direction… Read More

What does Jewish Baltimore mean to you?

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Gilda Greenberg: Family. We have a very strong feeling for our community. I don’t think I could live anywhere else. Howard Greenberg: Synagogue and the JCC. Laura Jacoby: Jewish Baltimore is a huge part of Baltimore’s history and culture. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

What do you like in your cholent?

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Elizabeth Frier: I like kishka and I put pepper in it to give it a tang. My favorite is barley. Ron Lavi: Cheek meat. Clement Levi: Some meat. I just bought a slow cooker to make cholent in. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Resilient Sister

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Ashkelon, Baltimore’s partnership city in Israel, was recently named one of the first 33 cities in the world to be part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The challenge was created to make cities more resilient to manmade and natural disasters that cause extreme economic and personal damage. Ashkelon’s challenge is to develop… Read More

Between Friends

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By Amos Oz Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 192 pages Growing up Jewish in the United States, I often had the opportunity to learn about Israel and kibbutzim in Hebrew school. As I got older, I had friends who had spent time living on a kibbutz and was able to visit different kibbutzim on trips abroad. My… Read More