NSA Director Defends Surveillance Programs

The director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, opened a talk on cyber security Thursday, Nov. 11 in Baltimore by reminding attendees of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “Every one of us remembers 9/11,” Alexander said, adding that the NSA office has a big photo of firemen running into the World Trade… Read More

Leading The Way

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One more step. Seize every moment. There is a famous poem by Israeli author Yehuda Amichai in which he describes the visits of tourists. “Visits of condolence is all we get from them. They squat at the Holocaust Memorial, they put on grave faces at the Wailing Wall, and they laugh behind the heavy curtains… Read More

Stamping Out Intolerance

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Six Million. For the past five years, since 2008, students at Mount Hebron High School have been working on a project trying to comprehend what those words stand for and to create something tangible that could adequately represent their meaning. As part of their curriculum, incoming freshmen read “Night,” a memoir by Elie Wiesel about… Read More

Aim For The Stars

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Hagit Yaso is an Israeli icon. She won the ninth season of “Kochav Nolad,” Israel’s version of “American Idol,” in 2011. And at only 24 years old, she is considered a role model for young Ethiopian girls. Yaso, who was in town earlier this week for performances through Jewish National Fund at the University of… Read More

‘Lean In’

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“Lean In” has become a slogan of sorts for working woman across the country. When Sheryl Sandberg wrote and published, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” which chronicles her personal journey and navigation of work and life — she served as the chief operating officer of Facebook at the time of its… Read More

Innovation Station

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Baltimore has landed itself, once again, on the list innovators. Last week when “The Slingshot 2013-2014 Guide” was released, two area organizations, the Pearlstone Center and the Jewish Community Center, both agencies of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, made the list of North America’s Top 50 innovative Jewish organizations. This is the third… Read More

Dinner And A Movie

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“This is my Bible,” said a smiling Ira Miller, referring to a large book called “Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore” by Robert K. Headley. “The Pikes opened in 1938 and closed in 1984. It was built by John Eyring and originally had 650 seats. It was art deco and located on the Eastern edge of… Read More

Breaking The Cycle

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When Americans think about Israel, what generally comes to mind is the Western Wall, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict andthe Iranian nuclear threat. What many people are not aware of is that 1.8 million Israelis live below the poverty line — 860,000 of whom are children. Nonprofit organization Meir Panim is working not only to feed hungry… Read More

The Man Who Dresses Baltimore’s Best

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For Baltimore clothier Judah Estreicher, growing up with three sisters made at least one huge impression. “Looking good was pretty important,” he said. Today, Estreicher owns and operates JBD Clothiers, a high-end custom-clothing business that dresses a wide range of people from Ravens stars Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith to Bank of America board member… Read More

Talking Health

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Dr. Joshua Sharfstein has worked in a variety of diverse capacities. He worked on community health projects in South America before medical school, worked as a pediatrician, served as Baltimore’s health commissioner and deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under President Barack Obama and is now the secretary of Maryland’s Department of… Read More