N.J. Company Introduces Automated LED Yahrzeit Lights

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W&E Baum, a Freehold, N.J.-based company, recently patented a technology that allows synagogue memorial boards to require minimal maintenance and that can automatically turn yahrzeit lights on and off. The automated yahrzeit lighting is available on new boards or can be retrofitted for old memorial boards. The system uses LED lights, which have a long… Read More

Move Over, Ralph Lauren

Native Baltimorean Stuart Andrew Berman has only one week left to “kickstart” his latest menswear design — two-in-one cargo shorts that go from the beach to dinner. What makes this item special is not just that they’re made of a unique fabric — TransDRY, which wicks moisture away from the body; Berman is also designing… Read More

Disappear Fear Releasing New Album Sept. 17 in Baltimore

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For SONiA Rutstein, releasing her new album in Baltimore was a no-brainer. “This is my community,” the singer-songwriter and leader of Disappear Fear said via email. “From my bat mitzvah at Beth El Congregation, [my] classmates at Pikesville High, being a member of Beit Tikvah now … these are my peeps.” Disappear Fear releases its… Read More

What Is Jewish Unity?

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This year, the Torah portions Nitzavim and Vayelech were read together on Aug. 30. However, Nitzavim is considered to be related to Rosh Hashanah and Vayelech to Yom Kippur. Both parshiot have similar messages — they speak about Jewish unity. According to Torah commentators, on Rosh Hashanah (in Nitzavim), the Jewish unity referred to is… Read More

A Strong Personal Connection

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore recently announced the launch of an Israel Engagement Center to develop and fund strategies and initiatives that help connect Jewish Baltimore to Israel. It is not a physical center, it is a concept — of making Israel more central in our community’s mind. Co-chairing the initiative are Michael… Read More

Invaluable Initiative

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Masa Israel Journey and the Israel Action Network recently launched their inaugural Masa-Israel Action Network Fellowship, in which alumni of long-term, immersive Masa Israel programs gain insight about the State of Israel advocacy in the United States and receive tools to help them counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in their communities. The goal of… Read More

Drill And Fill? Uh-uh

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There are many words that one can use to describe Dr. Julie Blumenfeld, such as artist or educator. This past July, she added pediatric dentist to the list, when she took on her first full-time professional role as a member of the team of Stevenson Smiles. Affectionately known as Dr. Julie, Dr. Blumenfeld is focusing… Read More

Meor Maryland Celebrates

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More than 300 people gathered at 4607 Knox Road in College Park to celebrate the grand opening of Meor Maryland’s new home on Monday, Sept. 2. Formally known as the Maryland Jewish Experience, Meor Maryland is part of Meor National, an emerging educational movement that has spread to more than 20 campuses nationwide. Complete with… Read More

Descendent of Polish Rescuers Receives Outpouring of Love

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Excited visitors overflowed a home in Cheswolde on Aug. 26 to honor and thank a descendent of a family of Polish Catholics who laid their lives on the line on behalf of eight persecuted Jews. Dozens of people lined up to welcome Angieszka Wrobel, 29, at a reception, where they showered her with thanks and… Read More

Worldwide Sukkah Directory

A world-wide registry of Sukkahs has been set up, and is listed online at localsukkah.org. The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a Sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every Sukkah, but to try and have a Sukkah… Read More