Looking Back On 5773

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The year 5773 was packed with successes and challenges. At the Baltimore Jewish Times, our team of reporters wrote 889 articles about the happenings in this community and the rest of the Jewish world.Before Rosh Hashanah starts next week and we move on to 5774, here is a look at the top stories from the… Read More

Be Happy

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“If you want to be joyful, you create the joy.” — Rabbi Zelig Pliskin Betty Cherniak is happy. She defines her happiness as “the intersection of serenity and peacefulness.” And she has a chevra that feels the same way. Each Tuesday evening a group of about 10 to 12 Happiness Club members meet at the… Read More

Good Vibes From ‘The Real Estate Guy’

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Meet David Kowitz, vice president of business development at Resource Real Estate Services LLC for the Owings Mills office. He is an attorney who earned his jurist doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. And he received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University. He is also the host of Baltimore CBS Radio’s “Dave… Read More

Understanding And Intuition

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As a girl in Seattle, Anne Bush evinced little interest in the Holocaust, even though her father, Harry, was a survivor whose mother, sister and brother-in-law had been murdered. But as a mother in Baltimore, by then known as Chana Staiman, she gradually was drawn to the period, spurred in part by her elder son,… Read More

Love Her Sew

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“Had it not been for my granddaughter, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Ellen S. Federoff, 63, of Randallstown. “I died two years ago,” she said. “My heart stopped, my kidneys failed, and I was in a coma. People told me that while I was in a coma, my daughter, Rose, was there. She took… Read More

Inspiring Jewish Community

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In 2005, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore was “Making A World Of Difference.” In 2008, it asked the community, “We Are Associated. Are You?” In 2013, The Associated is “Inspiring Jewish Community.” And last week, the fundraising engine began uprooting and replacing its old lawn signs with placards announcing the new message, a… Read More

Local Political Guru Earns Lofty Croatian Honor

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One of the most prestigious honors imparted by the Croatian government is The Order of Stjepan Radic. The distinction is bestowed upon individuals who have served and sacrificed for the national and social rights of Croatia, and few native Croatians — and even fewer foreigners — have ever been awarded the decoration. Pikesville resident Matthew… Read More

A High Note

Erica Ferguson’s parents like to say she was born singing. “When I cried, my cries sounded like songs,” said Erica, 17. Perhaps the Rockville resident was already rehearsing for her future career as an opera singer. On Aug. 2, she made her Baltimore debut in an original opera, “Ava and Alex,” a production written, performed… Read More

Teen’s Twirling Skills Net ‘Amazing Experience’

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Brooke Goldberg, an energetic and ambitious 17-year-old from Arnold, Md., competed in Almere, The Netherlands in August at the World Baton Twirling Federation’s Seventh International Cup. Aspiring athletes came from 15 countries to vie for top honors. Brooke finished 10th in the artistic A senior division and ninth in the solo A senior division. Besides… Read More

Shirley Howard Leaves Legacy of Advocacy

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Although Shirley Howard passed away on Aug. 14, she will not soon be forgotten. The Baltimore native and longtime Pikesville resident is credited with helping children’s cancer treatment make major strides forward in her lifetime. Howard, who was at 88 at the time of her death, almost singlehandedly raised more than $30 million for treatment… Read More