A Time for Renewal

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For those of the East Bank Havurah, it seems that spiritual seeking is a part of their DNA. Steve Siegel, 67, of Pikesville strayed far from Judaism after his bar mitzvah at a large Reform congregation and found himself on such a spiritual quest as a young adult in the 1970s. Like many of his… Read More

Pulpit Swap

When the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted in June to divest from three American companies that do business with Israel, Rev. Andrew Foster Connors of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church wasted no time to call his friend, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Andrew Busch. This week, on the heels of a 50-day war between Israel and… Read More

The Heart of the Matter

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Jack Rose’s father and two half-brothers died from heart disease before they were 50, and when Jack suffered a heart attack in 1984 in his 40s, he feared he might follow in their footsteps, especially after doctors told him “not to bother putting more money in my pension” and gave him about five years to… Read More

Baltimore Gets a Glimpse of Obama

Photo by Marc Shapiro

More than 200 people lined the streets of Northwest Baltimore last Friday afternoon in the hopes of catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama on his way to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Yosef Wiener and his wife left their Shabbat meal cooking to walk about a half mile from their… Read More

Gilead Sciences Comes to Capitol Hill

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U.S. biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences briefed members of Congress last week about the impact and developments of new Hepatitis C medications. Led by Gilead Vice President Coy Stout, the event showcased physicians’ and patients’ perspectives on the liver disease, bringing a panel that included Dr. Natarajan Ravendhran, chief of gastroenterology and liver disease at St…. Read More

Picnic Time

An expanding BBYO held its first-ever Howard County family picnic and parent information session. The afternoon gathering on Sunday, Sept. 14 brought together members of the Jewish youth organization’s area chapters, their parents, friends and communal leaders to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. According to Jonah Potasznik, BBYO’s regional director in Howard County, the event… Read More

JFHC’s Pre-Rosh Hashanah Celebration Is ‘Huge Success’

A family event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County brought almost 80 children, parents and grandparents to the National Trolley Museum in Colesville for a pre-Rosh Hashanah celebration of Jewish literacy. Dressed in costume, Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen read from her book “Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride” for the Sunday, Sept…. Read More

JEA Celebrates 105 Years

The Jewish Educational Alliance celebrated its 105th year with a reunion at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation on Sunday. WMAR’s “Square Off” host Richard Sher hosted the evening, which saw the induction of WJZ-TV reporter Ron Matz into the JEA’s Hall of Fame. The group has a long history in Baltimore dating to the early… Read More

County GOP Passes Pro-Israel Resolution

The Baltimore County Republican Central Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of Israel’s self-defense on Sept. 8. “The Central Committee is effectively the face of the Republican party for the county,” said Rudy Stoler, the primary author of the resolution and a county council candidate for District 2. “We wanted a way to connect… Read More

Nowhere to hide

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The Maryland Institute College of Art celebrated Constitution Day last week with a symposium headlined by 1970s-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a diverse panel of other guests. Described in his instruction as “the first person in America to be arrested for leaking top-secret documents,” Ellsberg was responsible for the release of “The Pentagon Papers” and… Read More