Conservative Movement Expanding Access

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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, with support from the Ruderman Family Foundation, will launch an initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Through the grant, the UCSJ will work with its affiliated congregations to develop comprehensive visions and action plans on inclusion. The goal is to create congregations… Read More

All I Know and Love

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By Judith Frank William Morrow, 422 pages Released just one week after the latest war between Israel and Hamas broke out on July 8, Judith Frank’s new novel seems almost prescient. The second book from Frank, a professor of English at Amherst College and recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts,… Read More

How do you feel about the end of summer?

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Batya Coleman: Excited. I started kindergarten. Jessica Rader: Sad. I’ve had a great time with my kids, and traffic has been so light! Abi, Ora and Noam: It’s been a nice summer. We just got back from living in Europe for the past three years. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

The Lie

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By Hesh Kestin Scribner, 240 pages “The Lie” may be fiction, but it definitely reads like reality, perhaps because the author, Hersh Kestin, spent two decades as a Middle East foreign correspondent. Kestin, an 18-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, quickly pulls the reader into a political, and emotional, story that could very well… Read More

Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

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During the current conflict in Gaza, a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others have gone further by actively supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Many of these celebrities endorse popular brands and products. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem: Actors Penelope… Read More

Merchant of Words: The Life of Robert St. John

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By Terry Fred Horowitz Rowman & Littlefield, 412 pages Terry Fred Horowitz has written one of the most riveting and entertaining books of an unsung giant of American journalism, Robert St. John. For more than half a century, St. John traveled the world in search of breaking news long before the onset of 24-hour news… Read More

Another Wartime Aliyah Airlift

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Despite tensions surrounding the war in Gaza, 338 new immigrants from the United States and Canada departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Aug. 4 on an aliyah charter flight to Israel. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency… Read More

How far back can you trace your family?

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Brad Childers: Four generations. They were Irish, Welsh. David Lewis: [My grandmother’s] parents are from Poland and Czechoslovakia. Jeff Baverman: [I can trace back] to Poland and Russia, my parents’ parents. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

What do you think should be done about the pollution of Baltimore’s harbor?

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Maurice Asher: I think they should have more patrols [watching for littering]. I think it’s terrible down there. Tom Aversano: I think the chromium levels in the harbor are very high and I’m unaware that there’s any way to get out of it. Dan Naiman: It’s difficult to control storm water, but they should do that.. Want… Read More

Rock On at the Hard Rock Pier

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Recently, I was invited to enjoy happy hour “like a rock star” by my friends at the Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore at the recently opened Hard Rock Pier. Nestled by the front of Power Plant and the bridge that connects Pier 4 to Pier 6 at the Inner Harbor, the newest al fresco floating pier… Read More