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BY Marc Shapiro
September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

BY Carol Katzman
September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
September 4, 2013

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, classmates at Pikesville High, being a member of Beit Tikvah now … these are my peeps.” Disappear Fear releases its CONTINUE »

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Despite our differences, can we get along?
September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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New Israel Engagement Center offers opportunity for Jewish Baltimore to better connect to Israel
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »