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

At Sukkot, Turning Oy Into The Season Of Joy

In open opposition to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which tells us on Sukkot “there is nothing new under the sun,” I decided to build a solar sukkah this fall. To energize my plan, I went to the 99 Cent Store to buy some solar yard lights to adapt for use on the roof. However, while driving home… Read More

A Tough Split

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For eight years, Irina Goldsmith has been taking her children, Jaxson, 12, and Payton, 10, to the youth duckpin bowling league at AMF Pikesville Lanes. This year, she said, league members will be traveling to the Westview lanes or dropping out entirely. No one is more surprised about this change than the league members themselves…. Read More

November Trial For Pikesville Harassment Case

The trial for a Baltimore woman accused of harassing and attacking a young Pikesville couple has been set for Nov. 18 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Stephanie Kamlot, 41, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, stalking, harassment, malicious destruction of property, fourth-degree burglary and intimidating a juror. The disposition for the first assault… Read More

Wellwood To Get Air Conditioning In One Year

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Wellwood International Elementary School is one of five Baltimore County schools that will have air conditioning installed, thanks to a new pledge by the county executive. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced $17.2 million in funding to cover the county’s share of the $29.2 million cost of installing air conditioning at Wellwood and four other… Read More

Poll Suggests Jewish Organizations Not Accessible

Results from a new poll conducted by RespectAbilityUSA and Jerusalem U found that many Jews support the inclusion of disabled Jews in Jewish organizations and events, but suggest that many of these venues and organizations aren’t practicing what their members preach. Of 2,607 Jews surveyed, 223 reported having a disability, and 594 reported having a… Read More

Fish Farming

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When Ellen Perlman heard about aquaponics through a chance meeting, it perked up the environmentalist in her. “I am very interested in saving the planet and sustainability,” she said. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d be farming fish.” After taking a course in Florida taught by James Rakocy, the father of modern aquaponics, Perlman… Read More

‘Immoral Conduct’ Costs Area Physician His License

A local Jewish doctor, who served patients through the White Square Obstetrics and Gynecology practice on Franklin Square Drive, earlier this summer had his medical licensed suspended. Dr. Saul J. Weinreb, former president of the board of Ohr Chadash Academy, was charged by the Maryland Board of Physicians in summer 2013 with “immoral conduct in… Read More