As Congress Bickers, Maryland Waits

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For Leah Goldberg, a human resources employee with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the government shutdown feels a lot like a snow day that just won’t end. “I’m just kind of sitting and waiting,” said Goldberg. On Monday, Sept. 30, she and her coworkers were told to report to the office on Tuesday to close… Read More

Boys’ Latin Club Builds Sukkah

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While many local high school students were sitting in class or relaxing at lunch on a recent Wednesday afternoon, 16 boys from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School gathered in a sukkah to celebrate the final day of Sukkot. “Introduce yourselves. Say what grade you’re in and what your favorite holiday is,”… Read More

Locked In

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The proposed changes to the teen curfew in the city of Baltimore don’t have much support in the city’s District 5 office. “I don’t see any advantage,” said Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle Spector, adding that she will learn more about the proposal when it reaches the hearing stage. “I’m not sure that it’s building a… Read More

Descendent of Polish Rescuers Receives Outpouring of Love

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Excited visitors overflowed a home in Cheswolde on Aug. 26 to honor and thank a descendent of a family of Polish Catholics who laid their lives on the line on behalf of eight persecuted Jews. Dozens of people lined up to welcome Angieszka Wrobel, 29, at a reception, where they showered her with thanks and… Read More

Inspiring Jewish Community

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In 2005, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore was “Making A World Of Difference.” In 2008, it asked the community, “We Are Associated. Are You?” In 2013, The Associated is “Inspiring Jewish Community.” And last week, the fundraising engine began uprooting and replacing its old lawn signs with placards announcing the new message, a… Read More

Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?

For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch… Read More

From Ice Cream To Prayer

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The campers and staff members at Capital Camps have spent the summer thinking, learning and putting together a prayer book to be used at the camp next summer. Led by Rabbi Miriam Burg, director of Jewish life, the project was put together in response to the camp’s need for a new siddur, as the one… Read More

The Kosher Machine

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Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

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Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
The Birthday Box.

Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood… Read More

Check it out!

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The prospect of getting a crowd of teenagers to pipe down and focus can be a challenging task. However, when Jill Mull addresses dozens of 11th- and 12th-grade girls, she says it’s quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Mull is one of several breast cancer survivors who volunteer to speakin front of female high… Read More