Harry Gets a Kidney

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Five years ago, Harry Burstyn suffered from kidney failure. Although he beat it and got his kidney functioning again, he wound up on dialysis a year-and-a-half later. He needed a donor kidney. “They said the wait’s five to eight years, or come back, bring us a donor, and we can do your surgery tomorrow,” said… Read More

Willard Hackerman

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Willard Hackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, died Feb.10 of natural causes at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 95. Born Oct. 6, 1918, Hackerman grew up in Baltimore’s Forest Park neighborhood. At the age of 16 his parents moved to Hanover, Pa., but he stayed behind in order to… Read More

Community Weathers Storm

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Like so many communities across the country, Baltimore is still reeling from the effects of the most recent storm to hit the East Coast. While some were merely inconvenienced, others suffered the loss of heat and hot water, downed trees and childcare problems caused by school closings and late openings. According to David Buck, spokes-man… Read More

20 Years of Hope

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When her husband, Ed, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006, Elise Ziv knew her family needed more than medical attention to cope with the crisis. Fortunately, someone told her about Hopewell Cancer Support. Ed and Elise Ziv and their two boys, Caleb and Coby, then 5 and 7 years old, all received free services… Read More

Czech Torahs Recovered After Holocaust to Reunite

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On Thursday, Feb. 6, Paula Farbman boarded a plane to London with a treasure sitting on her lap. Inside a zipped clothing travel bag and encased in bubble wrap was a Torah scroll that dated to the 1700s and was used in a small Czech town that was decimated by the Holocaust. The scroll is… Read More

Tackling A ‘Challenging Point’

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Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Greg Simmons, vice president, testified at a hearing of the budget and taxation subcommittee on education in Annapolis. The testimony, which was met with general praise, included plans of innovative course redesign, use of data analytics and collaboration with educational institutions. Most… Read More

Ohr Chadash Setting New Roots

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Ohr Chadash Academy will be moving to a new space for the 2014-2015 school year to accommodate its growing size. The K-8 Orthodox day school will be moving to the second floor of Temple Oheb Shalom, the former home of the Shoshana S. Cardin School, which closed in 2013. Ohr Chadash, which has been open… Read More

BJC Denounces Deceptive Proselytizing

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The Baltimore Jewish Council passed a policy statement at its Jan. 30 meeting condemning deceptive proselytizing. “For centuries, attempts have been made to convert the Jewish people to Christianity, and the Jewish community has always resisted these attempts,” the statement said. “In that vein, it is disconcerting that these ‘Messianic Jews’ or ‘Hebrew Christians’ have… Read More

Hogan Announces Candidacy in Annapolis

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After months of rumors and one postponed announcement, Change Maryland founder and Annapolis real estate executive Larry Hogan formally declared his gubernatorial candidacy last week at an Annapolis crab shack. “I didn’t make this decision to run for governor out of a desire to be something. I decided to run because I feel an obligation… Read More

Richard Lansburgh

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Richard M. Lansburgh, a retired clothier known for his dedication to philanthropic work, died on Jan. 28 at the age of 91, just a day before his 92nd birthday. Lansburgh was born in 1922 to Sidney Lansburgh Sr., and the former Marian Epstein. He was also the grandson of renowned Baltimore entrepreneur and philanthropist Jacob… Read More