A Healthy Dose?

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As children return to school this week, some parents, physicians and scientists are engaged in an increasingly fierce debate over the safety and necessity of childhood vaccinations for diseases such as polio, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria and chicken pox. Emotions run high on both sides, with parents who choose not to vaccinate claiming that they… Read More

A Lifelong Connection

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Starting in just a couple of days, nearly 250 young Jewish adults from Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., will leave their American homes and hop on a plane to the Holy Land. Now in its 11th season, Masa Israel Journey sends more than 10,000 Diaspora Jews to live, work and study in Israel each… Read More

JCC Swimmers, Coach Qualify for Select Camp

For the second year in a row the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore will send two swimmers to the Olympic Training Center as part of the Maryland Swimming Select Camp. For the first time, they will be joined by one of their coaches. Head coach Brendan McElroy and swimmers Adam Todd and Olivia Plant… Read More

Horseshoe Casino Is State’s Fifth

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which Tuesday night became the fifth gaming hall to open in Maryland in as many years, features 122,000 feet of gaming space. With a price tag of $442 million and only 12 miles from its direct competition, Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, it is located just south of the harbor… Read More

Ariely Brings Israel Realities to Baltimore

Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership director Sigal Ariely spoke at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Monday night about what it’s like to live in Israel during the recent upheaval. “You read about it, you see the pictures on the news, but it just doesn’t compare when you hear firsthand how one person, one community or one family is affected on… Read More

Sailing Forward

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The scene couldn’t be more picturesque: placid waters hugging a sandy shore and several small JY-15 sailboats bobbing along on a sea that expands far into the distance. A mere miles from Baltimore City, a secluded haven of sorts on the Chesapeake Bay proves to be the perfect place for young sailors at an Orthodox… Read More

Family Owned & Proud of It

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For most people, a bad day at the office might involve bad coffee, an angry customer or a tidal wave of emails. For the Levinson family, all of that pales in comparison to burying a child, something it does on a relatively regular basis. “There’s no room for mistakes here,” said Matt Levinson, the fifth… Read More

New Lease on Life

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Not many people who battle drug addiction and Hepatitis C live to tell about it. Yet, 62-year-old Baltimorean and former county drug czar Mike Gimbel fought and conquered both. Gimbel, a former heroin addict, spent his teenage years leading a double life. By day, he was a typical Jewish boy from Pikesville. By night, he… Read More

In It Together

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History was made last Sunday at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center when two martial arts students tested and achieved their black belts in karate. After more than a decade of study, practice and hard work, Nadav Korman, 18, and Andy Sokal, 23, completed the final stage of their testing Sunday morning with friends and… Read More

Inspired Silver

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From the cobblestone steps of the Old City to Jewish community centers across the East Coast, Doron Cohen, owner of Doron Gallery and highly acclaimed filigree jeweler, transports the spirit of Safed, Israel to America this summer. Born in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, Cohen followed in the footsteps of his parents, Yemenite… Read More