Mining A Medical Mystery

Miryam Magaziner was diagnosed with primary 
hyperoxaluria at 6 months old. Since then, parents 
Lori and Jake have been fighting to keep her healthy. (Jacqueline Hannah)

Last June, when 2-year-old Matthew Ouimet of Antioch, Calif., underwent transplant surgery for his kidneys and liver, Californians followed the story closely, rooting for this little boy and his family. Because of Matthew, who faces a long, bumpy road to recovery, many people have now become aware of a little-known medical condition, primary hyperoxaluria (PH)… Read More

Super Kids

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Like all good counselors, Danny Gross, 17, is willing to go that extra mile to make his campers smile. So the Owings Mills resident gamely donned a frilly apron, as he helped out with the afternoon’s activity, which was making pudding parfaits. Only his campers weren’t raucous kids. They were residents of Weinberg Woods Independent… Read More

Inquiring Minds

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Who should be first in line for a life-saving kidney transplant? Should the victim of a terrorist attack take precedent over the terrorist when it comes to receiving medical treatment? These were two of the questions discussed at Bioethics: The Catch-22 in Medicine and Healthcare, part of Hadassah’s National Business Meeting & Symposium held at… Read More

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