Double-Edged Sword

As the idea of expanding prekindergarten in Maryland becomes more and more popular on both sides of the political aisle, the details involved in just how to implement the different programs are still a work in progress. State officials heard from panels of advocates Feb. 12, when discussion began on Senate Bill 332 and House… Read More

History Lesson

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Dozens of boys packed into the school theater at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland last week to listen to Holocaust survivor Rubin Sztajer’s story. “You people are the future of this country,” Sztajer, an 88-year-old native of Poland, told the standing-room-only crowd assembled in front of him. “You go home to your parents, tell… Read More

Stevenson Student Connects with Panamanian Jewry

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When Stevenson University senior Avi Miller decided to take a winter class on international marketing in Panama, he knew he wanted to seek out the country’s Jewish community. Miller, who went to Krieger Schechter Day School and the Shoshana S. Cardin School, wound up having a brief but fulfilling visit to a Reform congregation just… Read More

OU’s Our Way Hosts Melave Malka

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More than 40 people braved the cold last Saturday night to honor Rabbi Yehudah and Yael Zelinger at Our Way’s first-ever statewide melave malkah at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. The Feb. 8 event, hosted by the Orthodox Union’s division for the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing, featured food, drinks and company for… Read More

USY Hosts 40th Annual Shabbaton

For the 40th straight year, the local branch of United Synagogue Youth will host a Shabbaton Feb. 14-15 in memory of the late Claire Sodden. In addition to religious services, the weekend event will feature fun and games for area eighth- through 12th-graders. “Our chapter is the Chapter of the Year for Seaboard Region USY,… Read More

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