Always Thinking of Others

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Often when people refer to someone as a “legend,” it is assumed that the person is larger-than-life, unapproachable or perhaps even arrogant. Rabbi Hirsch Diskind was none of these. Rabbi Diskind, the dean emeritus at Bais Yaakov School for Girls and a cornerstone figure in Jewish Baltimore, was personable, warm, compassionate and straightforward. And it… Read More

Frosh Start

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Early last week, state Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County) threw his hat into the ring of candidates bidding to become Maryland’s attorney general in 2014. And, if elected, Frosh said it’s a position in which he hopes to remain for the foreseeable future. “I’m not seeking the office of the attorney general as a springboard… Read More

From Darkness To Light

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In I Kings, Chapter 19, Elijah the Prophet pleads for God to take his life. Instead, the Lord responds by sending an angel, who instructs Elijah to undertake a 40-day journey before reassessing the situation. “The journey from darkness to light is one that many great individuals have walked, and one is never as alone… Read More

Model Student

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Zach Ranen could be our first Jewish president. He’s that impressive. With preppy good looks, impeccable manners and a resume as long as his arm, Zach, a 17-year-old Gilman student, inspires confidence. At Gilman, Zach plays lacrosse, and this coming year, when he’s a senior, he will be captain of the water polo team. A… Read More

Obstacle Illusion

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Adam Grossman knows what’s at stake. One slip, one lost grip, one poor jump. That’s all it takes to be eliminated from contention on “American Ninja Warrior,” an all-around athletic contest that has aired on NBC, and its sister network, G4, since 2009. However, that demanding physical challenge is what keeps Grossman, 29, coming back… Read More

Happy Birthday!

The Jewish Community Center’s Camp Milldale celebrated its 60th birthdaty this week with a cake, special activities and a visit by Mama Doni, who performs funky music with a Jewish twist. Mama Doni, whose real name is Doni Zasloff Thomas, is a mom, music teacher, songwriter and lead singer in the Mama Doni Band, which… Read More

Crime Watch

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Over the last month there have been several incidents of rocks being thrown through car windows in Northwest Baltimore. One of these incidents turned into a media scene, when on July 17 a local Jewish resident was in his car, making a left from Gist Avenue onto Labyrinth Road, and a rock was thrown through… Read More

MMAE Member Champions Pet Memorial Board

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Countless synagogues devote yahrzeit boards and plaques to honor people who have passed. In the coming months, one synagogue will feature a similar memorial … for pets. Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, is planning to erect a memorial board to pay tribute to deceased pets. The idea came from congregant and ardent… Read More

Teen Art Whiz’s Work To Be Featured On Anti-Drug Calendar

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For Rebecca Schuman, 14, artwork has always been a personal outlet. A way to relax, a way to escape. However, one of her more recent works stands to impact (and be viewed by) countless others. In late June, the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore County announced the winners of its annual anti-drug contest, in which… Read More

At Home In The Jewish Home

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When 38 teens returned to Baltimore after a month in Israel, their faces were glowing with excitement from the trip that they all agreed was “awesome” and “amazing.” “People always told me Israel was a home of mine, but I never actually felt that connection until I saw it myself,” said Matthew Rogers, 16. He… Read More