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Phone-a-thon participants volunteer at Levindale in this 1965 photo. (Courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 2011.029.243) 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/

Lincoln and the Jews: A History

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By Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell Thomas Dunne Books, 272 pages A great coffee-table book about Jewish history, let alone American Jewish history, doesn’t come around in a great while. All the more so when the topic is as obscure as the confluence between Jewish interests and the actions of the 16th president. So… Read More

Is it too soon to start thinking about Passover?

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Simcha Berman: Day to day life makes it hard for people to prepare this early. Jael Freedman: It’s my favorite holiday! For me it’s always about rites of passage, going into something more beautiful. Don Levine: Yes, it’s too early. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.  

Rio 2016 Olympic Village to Commemorate Munich Massacre

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The International Olympic Committee will erect a place to mourn family and friends at the 2016 Games in Rio, including the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The closing ceremony also will feature a moment of reflection to remember those who have died at the Olympic Games, such as the… Read More

Walking the Bible By Bruce Feiler William Morrow, 451 pages

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For many, journalist and serial traveler Bruce Feiler’s “Walking the Bible” either opened up a new world of biblical appreciation or provided the already inspired with the type of depth — what we in the writing professions call “color” — that those who had never been privileged to walk in the Torah’s footsteps lacked. That… Read More

Buscemi, Michael Sheen Joining Gere in New Joseph Cedar Film

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Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s English-language debut film has added top Hollywood figures Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen to a cast that includes Richard Gere. “Oppenheimer Strategies,” which began production last week and will shoot in New York and Israel, also will feature Josh Charles and Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, according… Read More

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Three knitters enjoy their craft at the Levindale Hebrew Home & Infirmary in 1950. 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/

A Replacement Life By Boris Fishman Harper Perennial, 352 pages

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In this charming novel, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low-level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles into an outlet for his creative desires. He invents biographies to help his grandfather and the old man’s Soviet-émigré acquaintances qualify for German compensation payments — whether they deserve any or,… Read More