Conversation Of The Century

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At 100 years old, the Conservative movement feels it still has the juice to be “the vital center” of the Jewish religious world. And during its three-day Centennial conference this week, the movement’s rabbis and members, along with a large cast of idea people and performers, constructed an ideal Conservative Jewish community at the Marriott… Read More

Run, Rabbi, Run!

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Eleven years ago, Rabbi Eli Glaser was severely overweight. A year and a half ago, he had never run farther than a couple miles. Later this month, he will run the 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. “This is my birthday present to myself,” he said. “As long as I finish it.” Rabbi Glaser,… Read More

Jacob Levin

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Listening to Jacob (Jake) Levin hold court in the lobby of the Envoy with his fellow residents and some family members in Pikesville, one can easily imagine him chatting up customers at his family’s bakery in the 1940s with as much vitality and interest. “As soon as I jumped out of my playpen, my father… Read More

Out Of Fear

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Rabbi Steven Schwartz said he speaks about Israel all the time — in the context of his sermons, in his adult education classes, in Torah study sessions. “I don’t know how you cannot,” he said. But it appears that Rabbi Schwartz — and many of Baltimore’s local rabbis who responded to the question, “To what… Read More

A Sense Of Pride

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Forty-three percent of Israeli Jews consider their lives “so-so,” according to the 2013 Democracy Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 6. The annual report, which takes the pulse of Israeli Jews and Arabs, was conducted between April 8 and May 2 and included 1,000 respondents. According to the IDI, the maximum sampling… Read More

Cha, Cha, Cha … Ole!

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It was opening night at the Club Hatikvah on Sunday, Oct. 6, and members of Chizuk Amuno who are over the age of 50 took to the dance floor for a spectacular evening of … Spanish! Flamenco guitarist Marija Temo and flamenco dancer Anna Menendez entertained. Both have appeared with many symphony orchestras, including the… Read More

Sizzling Fun At The Firehouse

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The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company held its inaugural Craft Beer and Food Pairing event, in partnership with Zeffert & Gold Catering and Max’s Taphouse of Fells Point, on Oct. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event, which brought out hundreds of people, benefited PVFC, one of the busiest fire and emergency medical services volunteer… Read More

At The Helm

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Janet Yellen, the vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, has been nominated as the central bank’s next chairwoman. President Barack Obama made the announcement last week. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen. 67, would succeed Ben Bernanke, be the first woman to hold that position and be the third consecutive Jewish economist to head the… Read More

Lenny Krayzelburg, Operation Exodus Olympian

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As part of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s The Journey, Together: 25 Years after Operation Exodus celebration, the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center hosted four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg on Sunday, Oct. 13. Krayzelburg conducted a competitive swimming clinic at the JCC Aquatic Center. He also shared his life’s story,… Read More

Ha’Posek

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This past weekend members of the Baltimore Jewish community and congregation Shearith Israel, in addition to the Rosenbergs of Monsey, N.Y., gathered to commemorate and dedicate newly created headstones for Rabbi Abraham Yosef Rice and his wife, Rosalie, who are buried in the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation cemetery on Belair Road. Rabbi Abraham Rice (1800-1862) first… Read More