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

Do you have any friends or relatives in Israel now who you are worried about?

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Ilana Sugarman: There are Israeli Shlichim who I am working with. I am concerned for their friends and families. I also have friends there on a program. Nechama Fish: We have cousins there. [Some people] who just returned said you have to be in or near a bomb shelter at all times. Lenore Meyers: No, I don’t right… Read More

What is your opinion on children getting vaccinations?

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Susan Guberman: I am in favor of them. I feel strongly on this issue. Traci Lawson: I think we need to be aware of when we vaccinate as far as their age and the time between vaccinations. Sara Strobel: People should be aware of the diseases that we are vaccinating against. They are putting other… Read More

Phoning Home: Essays

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By Jacob M. Appel University of South Carolina Press, 177 pages Jacob M. Appel is many things: a physician, an attorney, a bioethicist and, if he’s telling the truth in the selection of self-deprecating essays, a forlorn lover obsessed with finding out why the flurry of different individuals in his life do the things they… Read More

Sderot Safer Than You Think

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As Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip drag into their second week, the Jewish Agency for Israel is claiming credit for doing its part to ensure that casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict remain a rarity. In an email to supporters, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky noted that while most… Read More

Would fighting or violence in Israel prevent you from visiting the country?

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Rachel Massre: Personally, it would. I would be worried about safety. Miriam Gross: No. My family is there visiting right now. Sheindel Shapiro: Things are really bad at this moment. At this point, I wouldn’t go just stam but if any of my grandchildren were there, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Want to place an order online?… Read More

It’s Time for Rosé

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It’s summer, and it’s hot and humid days are already with us. It is time to stray away from Malbec, Cabernet and heavy drinks, and time to get cooled off with chilled, refreshing wines. I am most attracted to rosés in the spring and summer seasons. Rosés are a variety that is growing in popularity… Read More