Junior Maccabi Games coming to town

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More than 700 young Jewish athletes from 15 cities will pour into the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center next week to compete in the Junior Maccabi Games. “It’s looking pretty good,” said Bradley Kerxton, middle school program director at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, of the local delegation’s odds of success this year. As the… Read More

Finding Inspiration

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Since 2010, Rabbi Yisroel Porter and his wife, Chaya Porter, of Baltimore’s Etz Chaim Center have been offering programs for young families of all Jewish affiliations through their Jewish Family Institute. Programs for Jewish women such as free women’s trips to Israel through the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, Roughly Rosh Hodesh and the Jewish Moms… Read More

Yerushalayim Shel Lego

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Architect Stephen Schwartz and his wife, Bunny, hauled 70,000 Lego pieces from their Building Blocks Workshops in New Jersey to Beth El Congregation last weekend to host Lego Jerusalem — an event one had to see through to the end to believe. At 10:15 last Sunday morning, about 130 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Beth… Read More

75 Years & Counting

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When news broke earlier this month of shootings at two Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kan., Arthur Abramson, Cailey Locklair and the rest of the Baltimore Jewish Council sprang to action. Within minutes of the initial reports, the organization halfway across the country from the crime scene was fielding calls from local political and news… Read More

Help for Jewish Women

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Observant Jewish women who struggle with eating disorders now have a religiously sensitive treatment option close to home. Last fall, the Renfrew Center, long recognized as a leading provider of eating disorders treatment, opened a site in Towson. On May 21, the center will present “Feasting, Fasting and Eating Disorders” a seminar for health and… Read More

Background Check

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Volunteers are often considered precious currency for a nonprofit organization. Donating their time and skills, they help organizations serve the often vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly or disabled, they aim to assist. Verified Volunteers, started in 2012 and connected to the 40-year background screening veteran Sterling Infosystems, is working to help those organizations… Read More

Kosher Wine Compromise

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Maryland residents looking for a wider variety of kosher wines should have more options by 2015. A compromise reached between the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association (MSLBA), Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland, Inc., and the state comptroller’s office will create an online list of wines available, increase the number of wines… Read More

Bonds that Bind

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Commitment to common goals, rigorous training and game participation — whether from the field or bench — for the Johns Hopkins University baseball team creates a strong bond among its teammates, say several players and coach Bob Babb. But when a shared background of Judaism and all that it represents — observances, upbringing, ethics, food… Read More

Rabbis Reflect on New Oriole’s Anti-Semitic Past

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When Pikesville resident Avi Harris heard that Delmon Young would be playing with the Orioles this year, he was less than excited. “It was disconcerting,” Harris revealed recently. “I did not want him here.” What bothered Harris was an incident in April 2012, when the then-Detroit Tigers player allegedly got into a tussle with an… Read More

Free Books for Milbrook Students

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Students were in a festive mood at Milbrook Elementary School. Not for recess, not for a party, but for a book fair. And this wasn’t an average book fair. Students in first through fifth grades were able to choose three books to take home for free. Those with younger siblings could grab two more books… Read More