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The challenge to remember
BY Simone Ellin | Photos by David Stuck
April 17, 2014

Alice Herz-Sommer was 110 years old when she passed away in February. Born in Prague, but living in London at the time of her death, she was believed to have been the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust. Sommer’s passing, as well as the recent deaths of several prominent survivors in Baltimore’s Jewish community, are CONTINUE »

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‘Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race’ is at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore until April 30
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

The idea of eugenics, the study and practice of improving mankind through selective reproduction, was widespread in the scientific community decades before the Nazis took power. Many credit 19th-century British anthropologist Francis Galton as the father of eugenics, which was popular before much was known about hereditary traits. “He had a very positive vision focusing CONTINUE »

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Passover is THE holiday for those with dietary restrictions
BY Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For the many members of the Jewish community who more or less avoid consuming chametz year-round, Passover brings welcome relief. “Passover is a big treat for everybody,” said Chana Fishkind, who, along with her two sons, maintains a gluten-free diet. Her husband, she said, just goes with the flow. Two years ago, Fishkind discovered that CONTINUE »

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Bills make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil fine and establish an effective medical marijuana program
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a new medical marijuana bill and a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine, and a bill that allows doctors to prescribe CONTINUE »

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Local Jewish Organizations Hail 2014 Session as a Success
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in CONTINUE »