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Etz Chaim presents inaugural Women’s Day of Wisdom
BY Simone Ellin
May 1, 2014

Since 2010, Rabbi Yisroel Porter and his wife, Chaya Porter, of Baltimore’s Etz Chaim Center have been offering programs for young families of all Jewish affiliations through their Jewish Family Institute. Programs for Jewish women such as free women’s trips to Israel through the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, Roughly Rosh Hodesh and the Jewish Moms CONTINUE »

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Modeling activity creates a connection that spans generations
BY Melissa Gerr
May 1, 2014

Architect Stephen Schwartz and his wife, Bunny, hauled 70,000 Lego pieces from their Building Blocks Workshops in New Jersey to Beth El Congregation last weekend to host Lego Jerusalem — an event one had to see through to the end to believe. At 10:15 last Sunday morning, about 130 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Beth CONTINUE »

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BJC marks diamond anniversary
BY Heather Norris
April 24, 2014

When news broke earlier this month of shootings at two Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kan., Arthur Abramson, Cailey Locklair and the rest of the Baltimore Jewish Council sprang to action. Within minutes of the initial reports, the organization halfway across the country from the crime scene was fielding calls from local political and news CONTINUE »

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Renfrew Center Jewish track comes to Towson
BY Simone Ellin | Photo by David Stuck
April 24, 2014

Observant Jewish women who struggle with eating disorders now have a religiously sensitive treatment option close to home. Last fall, the Renfrew Center, long recognized as a leading provider of eating disorders treatment, opened a site in Towson. On May 21, the center will present “Feasting, Fasting and Eating Disorders” a seminar for health and CONTINUE »

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Verified Volunteers provides invaluable service tailored to nonprofits
BY Melissa Gerr | Photo by David Stuck
April 24, 2014

Volunteers are often considered precious currency for a nonprofit organization. Donating their time and skills, they help organizations serve the often vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly or disabled, they aim to assist. Verified Volunteers, started in 2012 and connected to the 40-year background screening veteran Sterling Infosystems, is working to help those organizations CONTINUE »