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Men’s groups carry traditional roots but fill a modern-day purpose
BY Melissa Gerr
January 16, 2014

On a recent Sunday morning more than 60 people attended the Brotherhood breakfast at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) featuring storyteller and Baltimore oracle Gilbert Sandler. It was pouring rain and near freezing, but the social gathering and sounds of old and new friends catching up while sharing a meal warmed the synagogue hall. The Brotherhood CONTINUE »

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Area women mourn the closing of longtime retailer
BY Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

On the afternoon of Jan. 9, the parking lot at Loehmann’s in Timonium was busier than usual. When the 93-year-old retail establishment announced its bankruptcy and plans to close its remaining 39 locations in 11 states by March 31, droves of the store’s faithful customers rushed to the discount designer fashion haven to grab some CONTINUE »

BY Heather Norris
January 14, 2014

Attorney General Doug Gansler made a final push Monday to publicly pressure Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown into testifying today at the General Assembly, when legislators will look into the possibility of emergency legislation to retroactively insure Marylanders who could not sign up due to glitches in the state’s online health-care exchange. “In order to fix CONTINUE »

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New trend toward intentional communities is sparking interest in the Jewish world — and in Jewish Baltimore
BY Maayan Jaffe
January 9, 2014

Americans are far more socially isolated today than they were more than two decades ago, according to research funded in 2006 by the National Science Foundation. A quarter of Americans said they have no one with whom they can discuss personal troubles, more than double the number who were similarly isolated in 1985. Overall, the CONTINUE »

BY Suzanne Pollak (Washington Jewish Week)
January 9, 2014

A huge floor-to-ceiling map at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Wheaton was taken down Monday, following complaints that it depicted a distorted version of the Middle East: omitting Israel while including Palestine, misplacing Tel Aviv, misrepresenting the shape of the West Bank and not mentioning Gaza. Following numerous emails on a local Jewish community listserv CONTINUE »