In Sickness And In Health

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Jan Schein was just 39 when her husband, Dr. Jay Schein, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Although the Northwest Baltimore OB/GYN functioned well for some years after the diagnosis, in 2002, he was forced to retire because he could no longer perform surgery. “There was a gradual decline,” recalled his wife. “First, we made the… Read More

Speakers Bring Middle East Realities to HoCo

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It’s nearly impossible to boil the Middle East’s recent history down to an hour-long presentation, but if there is anyone up for the challenge, it’s intelligence analyst Avi Melamed. The former Israeli senior official on Arab affairs painted a sobering, comprehensive picture of the tumultuous region through discussion of political and radical Muslim groups and… Read More

Pearlstone Celebrates New Eco-Friendly Cabin

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, six young adults discussed which homemade mezuzah should hang on the doors to their new rooms. But these were no store-bought mezuzahs — the bright-colored covers were made from recycled materials. And this is no ordinary home. The “high-efficiency, four-season cabin,” as its designer and builder described it, married sustainability… Read More

What’s App?

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Not many 13-year-old boys have created their own apps. But Nachshon Fertel isn’t just any 13-year-old boy. The Park Heights resident, one of five children born to Ari and Mort Fertel, has been creating his own businesses since he was 8, when he sold used electronics on Amazon. Now, he’s launched Frum Finder, an app… Read More

Cash for Candy

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Elliott Einbinder wants your candy. He’ll even pay you for it. That’s the proposition Einbinder, a local dentist, had for Baltimore’s youngest Jews, although, with no takers by Tuesday afternoon, it appeared the kids preferred the candy to the cash. After hearing about a trend involving dentists trading money for Halloween candy, Einbinder decided to… Read More

Eyes on Ukraine

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The increasing political and economic unrest in Ukraine has prompted The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to launch the Ukraine Assistance Fund in order to provide urgent funds needed for the care and security for more than 300,000 Jews in Ukraine. According to The Associated, Ukraine is home to some of the world’s poorest… Read More

Costuming a City

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Thanks to one young Baltimore man, Purim was a little brighter for needy kids in Ashkelon this year. Mazlow Cohen, 20, organized a costume drive earlier this year that sent used and unwanted costumes to Baltimore’s sister city last month. The college student, who splits time between Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore… Read More

Victory at Sea

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An Israel Defense Forces captain serving on the vessel that intercepted an Iranian ship two weeks ago told a rapt audience at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville how the missiles, grenades and ammunition destined for Gaza were captured. “This time, the intelligence was very, very accurate. We knew months before,” said the captain, who… Read More

Dressing the Part

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Photos by David Stuck Lions, tigers, ninjas, super heroes and crayons are just some of the characters that will be wandering the streets in celebration of Purim in a couple days. “I’m very into themes,” said Rachel Lasson, who attended Ner Tamid’s Pre-Purim Carnival last weekend. She picks a theme each year for dressing up… Read More

Promoting Aliyah

Photos by David Stuck Nefesh B’Nefesh, the non-profit organization that promotes aliyah from North America and the United Kingdom, brought its Israeli immigration message to Baltimore this month, joining with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish National Fund and the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption to host an aliyah fair at the Doubletree Pikesville on Reisterstown… Read More