Ashkelon Delegation Meets with Mayor

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The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership got a boost recently when the visiting Ashkelon delegation sat down with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “We’re trying to see what emerges, just some sort of collaboration, at a municipal level,” said Nina Rosenzwog, Baltimore chair of  the organization. “So the whole meeting focused on the whole concept of inter-city relationships and… Read More

A Monumental Past

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History repeats itself: At times, those words issue a warning, but in the case of historic Mount Vernon Place’s restoration and renovation, echoing the past appears to be the driving force of its future. Located at the intersection of North Charles and Monument streets at the first crest up from the harbor in Baltimore City,… Read More

Collective Anguish

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Members of the Jewish community in Baltimore and around the Jewish world expressed anger and sadness in response to the news that the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, three Israeli teenagers kidnapped on June 12 while hitchhiking near Hebron, were discovered Monday by the Israel Defense Forces. The Israeli government identified… Read More

Mentor, Teacher, Camp Director, Husband, Father

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The phrase “gone but not forgotten” may seem trite in describing the death of a person who left a major mark on the world, but one look at the numerous online tributes to Ed Cohen proves how appropriate the sentiment is. “Every word of it is true,” said Mike Schneider, former Camps Airy & Louise… Read More

‘A Rare Soul’

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They don’t make doctors like Jay Karpa anymore. Just ask Karen Levin, his assistant for 38 years. “He would spend hours sitting and talking to a patient,” said Levin, a nurse who was Karpa’s assistant in private practice. “He was a rare soul, and they just don’t make them like that anymore.” Karpa succumbed to… Read More

Belated Goodbye

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Holocaust survivor Benzion “Nick” Attias, who was a favorite of schools for his presentations about hiding from the Nazis, died on May 1 while talking to a group of high school students in Hanover, Pa. He was 79. Attias was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia to Lina (Bahar) Attias and Salamon Attias. They were an affluent… Read More

Summertime Staycation

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Often the words “summer vacation” can conjure painful images of airport security crowds, delayed train schedules and high gas prices — even higher than normal this year according to AAA, due in part, the association speculates, to the unrest of the Iraq civil war. Sam Rogers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Visit… Read More

All In The Family

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It all started in 2007 with a sick dog named Fonzie. When the Feigelson family dog had surgery in Tennessee, Baltimore resident Margy Resnick Feigelson seized the opportunity to meet her extended family in Knoxville for the first time. Feigelson, who had pored over genealogy websites to trace her family’s roots, immediately connected with her… Read More

The Power of (Puppy) Love

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Some community events can’t help but boost one’s faith in humanity (and canine-ity). That was the case with Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital’s dedication of the Alvin and Elaine Mintzes Fund for the Care of Levindale Animals on June 19. The event also included a plaque-hanging ceremony “in loving honor of employee Paulette Carter… Read More

Business as Usual?

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While national Jewish leaders are predicting a rift in Jewish-Presbyterian relations following last week’s PCUSA General Assembly vote to divest from three American companies doing business with Israel, the situation likely will prove more affable in Baltimore. “We have a lot of very strong relationships with the local Presbyterian Church” said Chana Siff, associate director… Read More