‘Glue That Holds Us Together’

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Put down your cell phones and grab a prayer book, because the Shabbos Project is coming to Baltimore. From sundown to nightfall on Oct. 24-25, the project is encouraging locals to join Jews around the world and keep Shabbat for one weekend. Starting in South Africa in October 2013, the Shabbos Project introduced many Jews… Read More

Heating Up

-The Republican candidate for District 10 delegate filed a motion last week to have one of the three Democratic candidates, Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, removed from the Nov. 4 general election ballot over residency concerns. The move follows months of speculation over Jalisi’s address. His candidacy filings report an address on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills,… Read More

RCS Offers Course on Love

Women looking to explore love and marriage from a Jewish perspective will have a new resource beginning this December.   The Rosh Chodesh Society, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s Rohr Jewish Learning Institute women’s division, will kick off SoulMates, a seven-session course that begins Dec. 14 and runs through April 2015. Pulling from different Jewish sources, the… Read More

AVAM Mosaic Nears Completion

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  The American Visionary Art Museum exterior mosaic is nearing completion, with the western wall facing Federal Hill now adorned with a rendering of the aurora borealis. The LeRoy E. Hoffberger Shining Youth/Shining Walls program was started in 2001 to be built by at-risk youth. “It’s a living social justice and physical beauty project,” said… Read More

The Jewish Vote

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Marylanders will head to the voting booths to decide who will be the state’s next chief executive. While the Baltimore Jewish community is generally concerned about many of the same issues as others in the state, there are some areas Jewish locals are following closely. Judging by interviews and anecdotal evidence,… Read More

Conversations in a Sukkah

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Community Conversations, an organization that works to improve communication and understanding between the Orthodox Jewish population and the African-American population in the Glen, Falstaff, Cheswolde, Cross Country and Mount Washington communities, took 20 fourth-graders from Cross Country Elementary School through the neighborhood this week to gain an appreciation for the holiday of Sukkot. The Sukkah… Read More

Holocaust Refugee Shares His ‘Small Slice of History’

A local book club examined the life of Si Kalderon, whose story is among many mentioned in “Haven,” Ruth Gruber’s account of rescuing 982 refugees from 18 countries as World War II raged. Kalderon, who was just 9 years old when he fled the Holocaust aboard the troop transport Henry Gibbins and sailed for Ellis… Read More

New Mediterranean Restaurant Coming to Owings Mills

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Although Ronen Barokas went to culinary school in Israel and worked as a chef there and in New York City before coming to Baltimore two years ago, he still asks the rhetorical question, “What is Israeli food?” “We take it from all over the world, and we make it better” is his answer. The Israeli… Read More

Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 years

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Baltimore City College in northeast Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest public high school and third oldest in the nation, celebrates 175 years this month with a series of events culminating with a black-tie gala on Oct. 25. The kick-off event outside the school’s second home — “the castle on the hill” that was erected in 1939 —… Read More

Beyond the Stutter

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Despite all of his accomplishments, Ben Goldstein of Baltimore still finds it difficult to order a cup of coffee. Since early childhood, Goldstein, 24, has had a stutter. Despite his speech impediment, he spent a year in Israel teaching English, graduated with almost a 4.0 grade point average from college and received a full scholarship… Read More