AVAM Mosaic Nears Completion

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  The American Visionary Art Museum exterior mosaic is nearing completion, with the western wall facing Federal Hill now adorned with a rendering of the aurora borealis. The LeRoy E. Hoffberger Shining Youth/Shining Walls program was started in 2001 to be built by at-risk youth. “It’s a living social justice and physical beauty project,” said… Read More

The Jewish Vote

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Marylanders will head to the voting booths to decide who will be the state’s next chief executive. While the Baltimore Jewish community is generally concerned about many of the same issues as others in the state, there are some areas Jewish locals are following closely. Judging by interviews and anecdotal evidence,… Read More

Conversations in a Sukkah

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Community Conversations, an organization that works to improve communication and understanding between the Orthodox Jewish population and the African-American population in the Glen, Falstaff, Cheswolde, Cross Country and Mount Washington communities, took 20 fourth-graders from Cross Country Elementary School through the neighborhood this week to gain an appreciation for the holiday of Sukkot. The Sukkah… Read More

Holocaust Refugee Shares His ‘Small Slice of History’

A local book club examined the life of Si Kalderon, whose story is among many mentioned in “Haven,” Ruth Gruber’s account of rescuing 982 refugees from 18 countries as World War II raged. Kalderon, who was just 9 years old when he fled the Holocaust aboard the troop transport Henry Gibbins and sailed for Ellis… Read More

New Mediterranean Restaurant Coming to Owings Mills

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Although Ronen Barokas went to culinary school in Israel and worked as a chef there and in New York City before coming to Baltimore two years ago, he still asks the rhetorical question, “What is Israeli food?” “We take it from all over the world, and we make it better” is his answer. The Israeli… Read More

Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 years

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Baltimore City College in northeast Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest public high school and third oldest in the nation, celebrates 175 years this month with a series of events culminating with a black-tie gala on Oct. 25. The kick-off event outside the school’s second home — “the castle on the hill” that was erected in 1939 —… Read More

Beyond the Stutter

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Despite all of his accomplishments, Ben Goldstein of Baltimore still finds it difficult to order a cup of coffee. Since early childhood, Goldstein, 24, has had a stutter. Despite his speech impediment, he spent a year in Israel teaching English, graduated with almost a 4.0 grade point average from college and received a full scholarship… Read More

Betting on Baltimore

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Many of the more than 25,000 Baltimoreans who live in the area of Northwest Baltimore north of Northern Parkway but within city limits are relatively immune to the traffic, crime and poverty linked to the Pimlico Race Course, but they benefit from their proximity to the track nonetheless. The five neighborhoods north of Pimlico are… Read More

‘Man Up!’

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After a 20-year-long battle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and shame about being overweight, a fateful encounter with a large plate of chicken wings finally convinced fourth-generation Baltimorean Andrew Walen that he was suffering from an eating disorder. It happened one night that February 2004, when Walen, who was especially stressed, tired and irritable, joined… Read More

A Sukkah of Joy

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Forty years ago, Ruth and Sy Hefter built a one-of-a-kind sukkah. Four decades later, their temporary holiday hut has lived in three states, survived two major hurricanes and now resides in Baltimore. “My sukkah is inspired from a sukkah at the Jewish Museum in Jerusalem,” said Sy Hefter. “In that sukkah, all the walls were… Read More