Legacy of Loss

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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… Read More

Exhibit Explores Eugenics, Nazi Medicine

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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… Read More

Gluten-Free

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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… Read More

O’Malley Signs Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana Bills

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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… Read More

Legislative Look-Back

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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… Read More

High School Seniors Nominated for National Award

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student Lani Roskes and Pikesville High School student Jesse Fidel will find out in just a few weeks whether either will be one of up to just 141 high school seniors nationwide invited to Washington, D.C., to receive one the nation’s most prestigious awards given to high school students. Their… Read More

Kerry Warns ‘It’s Reality Check Time’

Secretary of State John Kerry has made 11 trips to the Middle East since July to facilitate Israeli-Arab peace talks. Last week, it looked as though his efforts were thwarted, when President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership in international bodies — a move considered off limits by the American-brokered negotiation terms. In response, Israel canceled… Read More

Meant to Be

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Whether you call it “divine providence,” as Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore’s Language Arts department chairwoman Sara Arno did, or “kismet,” as Wee Chic children’s apparel storeowner Bridget Quinn Stickline did, it must have been fate that Stickline and Arno met in Greenspring Station in Timonium. “I was there [at Greenspring Station] to take a child… Read More

Ready to Roll

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This spring a lively group of women bike riders plan to hit the road for friendship and fun. Parkton resident Cathy Myrowitz has organized a new group called the “Annie ‘Londonderry’ Jewish Women and Friends Bicycle Circle.” It’s “AL’s Gals” for short. The name was inspired by the achievements of Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky, a Jewish… Read More

Bald Is Beautiful

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Rabbi Daniel Plotkin, education director of Temple Beth Shalom is bald. Bald as a bowling bowl. And he isn’t alone. He is among 70 other Reform (as well as a few Conservative) rabbis across the country, including Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation, who shaved their heads to raise money for research on pediatric… Read More