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

Chametz Burned, Donated at Pimlico

The Baltimore community gathered at the Pimlico Race Course Clubhouse parking lot on Monday, April 14, to burn and donate its chametz just before the start of Passover. The pre-Passover tradition involves ridding homes of leavened foods to prepare for the holiday. For the second year, community members were not only able to burn their… Read More

Jewish Times to air on Shalom USA Radio

Beginning May 4, “Get with the Times,” a 15-minute radio segment featuring Baltimore Jewish Times news, staff and guests will air each Sunday at 9 a.m. on Shalom USA radio, 1370-AM. Jay Bernstein, host and producer of the show, which airs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, provides Baltimore’s Jewish community programming on diverse… Read More

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