Breaking The Color Line

For Beverly O’Neal, Gwynn Oak Park represents mostly positive memories. The longtime Baltimore-area educator remembers visiting the former amusement park as a child on trips from her home on the Eastern Shore. What O’Neal didn’t grasp at the time was just how lucky she was to be freely enjoying the rides, games and other Gwynn… Read More

EATS Chaim

“Good food. Cool cars.” Those four words, from 22-year-old Adam Leve, may not have completely summed up Etz Chaim’s Raise the Steaks last Sunday night, but they were certainly two key highlights that helped draw more than 150 men to the upscale event. Hosted at the Pikesville home of Steve and Linda Hurwitz, Raise the… Read More

Blogger Ruchi Koval Visits Baltimore

On Sunday, June 23, a group of 15 women gathered at Etz Chaim: The Center for Jewish Living and Learning for Do Sweat the Small Stuff by popular blogger Ruchi Koval. It was part of Etz Chaim’s young family division’s Raising Kids To Love Being Jewish, coordinated by Rabbi Yisroel and Chaya Porter, co-directors of… Read More

Annual Conference, A Wonderful Blend

Several hundred people turned out for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s 2013 Annual Meeting, which was held last week at Beth El Congregation. The evening honored outgoing campaign chairs Yehuda Neuberger and Judi Fader and celebrated 10 years of Marc B. Terrill as president of the local federation. In addition to the festivities,… Read More

All About Family

Love knows no bounds. That’s the message in a new book by Baltimore native Nathaniel Hoffman and co-author Nicole Salgado. In “Amor & Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s Borders,” Hoffman, a journalist, and Salgado, a biologist and educator, have exposed an aspect of the contentious immigration debate that readers may have overlooked until… Read More

Never Too Old

Last Friday morning the Edward A. Myerberg Center was all about Mary Shofer. A day before Shofer’s 105th birthday, the fitness center regulars packed the workout area for a surprise birthday party. There were also family and friends and a variety of desserts and drinks. Countless photos were snapped. A reporter from a local news… Read More

B-a-a-a-con Up A Storm

Ever wondered what it’s like to savor a delicious piece of bacon but can’t because you keep kosher? Well, members of the kosher community have reason to rejoice because kosher bacon has come to Pikesville. Chaim Silverberg, founder and creator of Lamb B-a-a-a-con (pronounced as if sounded by a lamb), is a special-needs teacher at… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope… Read More

Taxed & Overtaxed

Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Over The Red Line?

The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because… Read More