‘Dirty, Smelly Jew’

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Dr. Bert Miller taught math in Baltimore County for almost 40 years. He holds master’s, associate’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics education, has earned two National Science Foundation fellowships, has published software for math teachers, and he even discovered a new theorem in 2009. In his second year of teaching in the county in 1974,… Read More

Reister’s Desire

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The Reisterstown Community Cemetery grassroots restoration effort literally started with grass. Sixth-generation Reisterstown resident Chris Larkin’s mother regularly asked him to check if the cemetery lawn was being kept up, as many of their relatives are buried there. Larkin, other family members and friends maintained it for a while, but the cemetery, with more than… Read More

Smart Meter Debate Rages On

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As the Maryland Public Service Commission debates whether or not utility companies can charge customers to opt out of smart meters, Baltimore residents are working to spread awareness about a technology they feel isn’t so smart. “While it is beneficial for BGE’s bottom line, it is not for us or our families,” said Pikesville-area resident… Read More

Annapolis Mayor Reflects On Term, Historic Election

After a too-close-to-call election day, incumbent Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen lost by 59 votes to Republican challenger Mike Pantelides. The results of the election, held Tuesday, Nov. 5, were announced Friday night, Nov. 8. “I was disappointed that the election didn’t go differently, but I have no regrets about the past four years,” Cohen said…. Read More

Change Afoot: New Rabbi for Beit Tikvah

While he hasn’t yet found permanent living space in Baltimore, Rabbi Larry Pinsker has already found a spiritual home at Congregation Beit Tikvah in Roland Park. Rabbi Pinsker, a native of Chicago who has resided and led congregations in San Antonio, New York City and Toronto, recently moved to Baltimore from Winnipeg, Canada, to become… Read More

Not Home For Chanukah

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For Julie August, coping with her son Josh’s decision to move halfway around the world and join the Israeli Defense Forces last year was not easy. “It would be hard enough to have him serving while I was there,” said August, who lived in Israel for a time before moving to the Baltimore area. “But… Read More

Pikesville Boys Take Aim At State Soccer Title

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The Pikesville High School boys’ soccer team hopes to make history Thursday when it takes on North Carroll in the state Class 1A boys’ soccer championship. “They’re ready to play,” said coach Mark Lavallee, who is in his 11th year of leading the Pikesville team. Pikesville finished regular-season play with an 8-2-2 record, falling only… Read More

Keeping The Conversation Going

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The pope is almost a mythical figure, a person with celebrity status. But Pope Francis is a humble, genuine man of the people, according to Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka. He first met Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, in the 1990s at a celebration of one of Argentina’s two independence days, where Rabbi Skorka… Read More

A Sense Of Awe

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For Rear Adm. Herman A. Shilanski, director of the Assessment Division of the U.S. Navy staff, sharing his Judaism with both those in uniform and civilians is a part of his service to his country and to God. On Nov. 9, the Shabbat before Veterans Day, he will be able to do both. Throughout the… Read More

‘We Want To Hear From You’

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Ten years ago, when Michael and Susie Gelman chaired the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North American in Israel, the focus was on security and solidarity. Susie Gelman remembers that it was during the second Intifada, a time of terror attacks, and many American Jews were staying away from Israel. The GA brought… Read More