JMM Awarded Fund For New Health-Care Exhibit

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has been awarded a $150,000 grant to develop a comprehensive exhibit exploring Jewish approaches to health care. The Institute of Museum and Library Services issued almost $30 million in grants to museums across the country and held a recognition ceremony for the grantees at the Capitol Visitors Center Wednesday afternoon…. Read More

BCPL Opening Sundays

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The Baltimore County Public Library has expanded its hours into Sundays. As of Sept. 8, all branches are open for four hours, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., every Sunday. The change, said Heidi Gillis, BCPL’s marketing and development manager, was something many in the community were anxiously awaiting. “Customers wanted Sunday hours,” said Gillis…. Read More

Clergy Calls For U.S. To Get Creative In Syria

A group of 64 rabbis and cantors last week bucked the call of many Jewish organizations for a military attack on Syria and urged the U.S. government to pursue “creative nonmilitary action toward Syria.” “We believe that a military attack on Syria is far more likely to bring on more horror and more violence, rather… Read More

Bringing Health Care To The People

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As the Affordable Care Act is implemented nationwide, millions of uninsured Americans will have a variety of health-care options to choose from. A healthier, insured population will bring a myriad of short- and long-term benefits to Maryland and the U.S. “Think of the [Maryland Health Benefit Exchange] as Travelocity or Expedia for health care and… Read More

Cerebral Celebration

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Some 400 people are expected to turn out for four weeks of Jewish learning, packed with courses taught by Baltimore rabbis from all denominations. The 65th Annual Adult Institute of Jewish Studies, organized by the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, begins Oct. 1 and will run every Tuesday through Oct. 22 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (7401… Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jewish Baltimore

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“Our music is very influenced and inspired by the idea that every person has their own special note to play in this world, and we plan to get everyone excited and involved in the show, from the front row to the back,” said Bentzi Marcus, whose Jewish rock band, 8th Day, will hit Jewish Baltimore… Read More

The Makings Of A Mission

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore earlier this summer unveiled new mission, vision and value statements — not too dissimilar from what the organization had on its website before. But there is a change. The vision statement now states clearly that The Associated “will secure the resources necessary to address the evolving landscape of… Read More

The Precious Gift of Frieda Pertman

Frieda Pertman, 96, who lost her parents and six siblings to the Holocaust, displays her aunt’s more-than-100-year-old crocheted lace. At right, Frieda at 26 in Russia with son Allan, daughter Rita and late husband Chaim.

The first thing Frieda Pertman did during an interview late last week was lovingly display delicate tendrils of crocheted lacework and embroidery on her lap. She had just received them in the mail from a newly discovered cousin.  But the lace was more than a thoughtful gift.  It helped weave together pieces of an extended… Read More

Sweet & Savory

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It happened so fast. Who pressed the fast-forward button on summer? It felt as if Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur got the bum’s rush from the Jewish calendar. I went from the hot sweat of August to the cold sweat of preparing my Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur menus. Now, just as I take a deep breath,… Read More

Say No To Sukkot Weight Gain

Rosh Hashanah has its shofar, apples and honey. Yom Kippur has its tefillot (prayers) and fasting. Chanukah has its menorah and draidel. Pesach has its Seders. Shavuot has its Torah. Sukkot, except for several symbols, is really about the joy of eating in the sukkah and enjoying the friends and family you have invited. This… Read More