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

Helmsley Trust Announces $1.75 Million for Israe

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will disburse $1.75 million in grants to two Israeli institutions that help children and adults with special needs and their families, the trust announced in a press release. Shalva, The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, will receive $1 million for a dining… Read More

Mussar Yoga

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By Edith Brotman, Ph.D. Jewish Lights Publishing, 191 pages Though the earliest references to the Jewish spiritual practice of mussar date to ancient times, the focus on ethics re-emerged in the 19th century when revered scholar Rabbi Israel Salanter of Lithuania and his disciples formalized its study, creating a Mussar Movement in Germany and Russia…. Read More

Baltimore Foundation Announces Largest-Ever Grant

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The Goldseker Foundation announced the largest-ever grant in the local organization’s 39-year history: $1.5 million to the Baltimore Community Foundation. The grant will also benefit BCF’s affiliated entities — Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. “The Goldseker Foundation is very proud of its long-term support of BCF,” Sheldon Goldseker, chairman of the… Read More