Looking for Answers

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On the day almost five years ago when a neurologist told him the tremor in his right hand was a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, Andrew Katz cried all the way home. His father had suffered from the disease, and he knew what it could mean for his future. Still, Katz, who was 62 at the… Read More

Just Screen It

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For most people, the chances of being a Tay-Sachs carrier are one in 250. But Ashkenazi Jews face far worse odds with a “high-risk” carrier rate of one in 30, according to the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD). Yet, through screening, Tay-Sachs has been less prevalent in recent years among the Jewish population…. Read More

From Eastern Europe to Owings Mills

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Rabbi Nachum Katsenelenbogen always knew his father was a hero. Arrested by the NKVD, predecessor to the KGB, in 1950, Moshe Katsenelenbogen spent seven-and-a-half years in a Soviet prison simply for being Jewish. Once he was free, he poured his heart into instilling a strong love of Judaism in his children. As a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary… Read More

Being Purple

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In order to take the governor’s mansion on Election Day, Republican Larry Hogan must find a way to turn the state’s majority-registered Democrats into Republican voters. To do so, he and his party are working to turn voters’ attention away from social issues such as gun control and abortion and toward the economy. “When we… Read More

Dollar for Dollar

The well-funded, highly influential pro-Israel lobby goes both ways in political support. In 2013-14, a variety of political action committees gave money to both Democrats and Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics. J Street, known for its liberal advocacy, gave away about $1 million… Read More

A Time for Renewal

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For those of the East Bank Havurah, it seems that spiritual seeking is a part of their DNA. Steve Siegel, 67, of Pikesville strayed far from Judaism after his bar mitzvah at a large Reform congregation and found himself on such a spiritual quest as a young adult in the 1970s. Like many of his… Read More

Pulpit Swap

When the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted in June to divest from three American companies that do business with Israel, Rev. Andrew Foster Connors of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church wasted no time to call his friend, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Andrew Busch. This week, on the heels of a 50-day war between Israel and… Read More

The Heart of the Matter

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Jack Rose’s father and two half-brothers died from heart disease before they were 50, and when Jack suffered a heart attack in 1984 in his 40s, he feared he might follow in their footsteps, especially after doctors told him “not to bother putting more money in my pension” and gave him about five years to… Read More

Baltimore Gets a Glimpse of Obama

Photo by Marc Shapiro

More than 200 people lined the streets of Northwest Baltimore last Friday afternoon in the hopes of catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama on his way to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Yosef Wiener and his wife left their Shabbat meal cooking to walk about a half mile from their… Read More

Gilead Sciences Comes to Capitol Hill

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U.S. biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences briefed members of Congress last week about the impact and developments of new Hepatitis C medications. Led by Gilead Vice President Coy Stout, the event showcased physicians’ and patients’ perspectives on the liver disease, bringing a panel that included Dr. Natarajan Ravendhran, chief of gastroenterology and liver disease at St…. Read More