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Interfaith leaders share visions for Baltimore
BY Simone Ellin
April 3, 2014

From the moment he took the microphone at the 54th annual Interfaith Institute at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, it was clear that keynote speaker Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, senior pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, meant business. This year’s topic was “When There is No Vision, Community Will Perish.” Connor began by referencing BHC’s CONTINUE »

Group shares stories of struggles after coming out
BY Ian Zelaya
April 3, 2014

The night Gidon Feen came out as gay at his Orthodox high school after-graduation party, he said he could feel his stomach boiling. While he had come out to his close friends in 11th grade, this was his entire high school. “Oh, by the way, I’m gay and I’m coming out tonight,” he said. And CONTINUE »

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Jewish community welcomes Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch
BY Simone Ellin
April 3, 2014

High school and middle school students from the Bais Yaakov School for Girls gathered in the auditorium at the school’s Mount Washington location to hear famed refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch share his story of fighting Russian oppression from behind the Iron Curtain. Mendelevitch, whose “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage and Survival” was CONTINUE »

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Drum therapist leads a group of Holocaust survivors in a lively drum circle
BY Marc Shapiro
April 3, 2014

Jordon Goodman (top photo) leads a drum circle with members of the Holocaust Survivors Social Club, who danced,sang and played a variety of percussion instruments. (Photos by Marc Shapiro) When Jordan Goodman told a room of about 30 seniors that he is a musician and they are musicians too, he got rounds of laughter. But CONTINUE »

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Rabbi Hillel Baron creates indelible edible experience for generations
BY Melissa Gerr
April 3, 2014

For the past 28 years, starting just after Purim and continuing until one week before Passover, Rabbi Hillel Baron, director of the Chabad Lubavitch Center in Columbia, has been educating and entertaining between 50 and 150 children per day at his Model Matzah Factory. During his reign as “Matzah Man,” an estimated 40,000 children have kneaded, CONTINUE »