Rabbi Delivers State of the City Invocation

Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum delivered the invocation Monday at Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s State of the City address, which focused on making Baltimore a safer place for residents following 2014’s violent start. “Almighty G-d, grant these public servants wisdom and understanding in their noble pursuit of justice and equality,” said Tenenbaum, as he led city and state… Read More

Centering On Care

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The Reisterstown Road storefront of Renaissance Adult Medical Center is unremarkable, but pass through the secure entrance and you enter a vibrant world. The energy is palpable inside the walls of this spacious facility: The singing, card playing and lively debate from its senior citizens provide a window into how an adult day center can… Read More

Baltimore Community Goes to Annapolis

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More than 100 local community members made their way to Annapolis Feb. 5 to participate in the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Advocacy Day, during which they met with state officials to discuss issues important to the city’s Jewish population. Among the agenda items for the group were the following: allowing the shipment of kosher wine into… Read More

Harry Gets a Kidney

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Five years ago, Harry Burstyn suffered from kidney failure. Although he beat it and got his kidney functioning again, he wound up on dialysis a year-and-a-half later. He needed a donor kidney. “They said the wait’s five to eight years, or come back, bring us a donor, and we can do your surgery tomorrow,” said… Read More

Willard Hackerman

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Willard Hackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, died Feb.10 of natural causes at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 95. Born Oct. 6, 1918, Hackerman grew up in Baltimore’s Forest Park neighborhood. At the age of 16 his parents moved to Hanover, Pa., but he stayed behind in order to… Read More

Community Weathers Storm

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Like so many communities across the country, Baltimore is still reeling from the effects of the most recent storm to hit the East Coast. While some were merely inconvenienced, others suffered the loss of heat and hot water, downed trees and childcare problems caused by school closings and late openings. According to David Buck, spokes-man… Read More

20 Years of Hope

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When her husband, Ed, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006, Elise Ziv knew her family needed more than medical attention to cope with the crisis. Fortunately, someone told her about Hopewell Cancer Support. Ed and Elise Ziv and their two boys, Caleb and Coby, then 5 and 7 years old, all received free services… Read More

Czech Torahs Recovered After Holocaust to Reunite

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On Thursday, Feb. 6, Paula Farbman boarded a plane to London with a treasure sitting on her lap. Inside a zipped clothing travel bag and encased in bubble wrap was a Torah scroll that dated to the 1700s and was used in a small Czech town that was decimated by the Holocaust. The scroll is… Read More

Tackling A ‘Challenging Point’

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Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Greg Simmons, vice president, testified at a hearing of the budget and taxation subcommittee on education in Annapolis. The testimony, which was met with general praise, included plans of innovative course redesign, use of data analytics and collaboration with educational institutions. Most… Read More

Ohr Chadash Setting New Roots

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Ohr Chadash Academy will be moving to a new space for the 2014-2015 school year to accommodate its growing size. The K-8 Orthodox day school will be moving to the second floor of Temple Oheb Shalom, the former home of the Shoshana S. Cardin School, which closed in 2013. Ohr Chadash, which has been open… Read More