An All-Too-Real Hardship

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Beth Newman has been working as a statistician at the Census Bureau for more than a year, but when she arrived at the office early Tuesday morning it wasn’t because she was eager to get a jump on the day’s work but because she, like tens of thousands of other federal employees, had to sign… Read More

NJDC Names Rabbi Moline

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Jack Moline, the rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation of Northern Virginia since 1987, is stepping down to become executive director at the National Jewish Democratic Council He replaces David Harris, who left the NJDC in December 2012 following what some saw as decreased Jewish support for the Democratic Party. He had led the organization for… Read More

Styling Made Simple

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Right off Pikesville’s Hooks Lane, Baltimore native Lauren Rutkovitz  and her team of styling experts are busy making Baltimore women look and feel their best. With its warm turquoise walls, A Style Studio is a full-service makeup studio mixed with a clothes and accessories boutique, dedicated to providing women — all women — the opportunity… Read More

Levin Eyecare’s Unique Business Model

Howard (left) and Richard Levin’s Pikesville eye care group is expanding. (Marc Shapiro)

Every aging doctor needs a safety net and a way to retire comfortably, but some don’t have that. Those who run independent practices might not have the means to keep their practice going when they decide it’s time to step away. That’s where Levin Eyecare comes in. The father-and-son team of Howard, 67, and Richard,… Read More

Remembering The Humanitarian Project That Time Forgot

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Asbury Park, N.J., is widely known for the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen. While these certainly make the city a noteworthy place, Asbury Park is also the setting of an extraordinary tale of humanitarianism that started with one couple simply doing what they thought was right, a story time has forgotten. In August 1952, Rose… Read More

Philanthropic Revolution?

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“Revolutionize sounds very in vogue,” said Marc B. Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. “But I don’t think the core principles of philanthropy and tzedakah are altered at all. The core principles are going to endure.” As president of an organization that raises upward of $30 million per year, Terrill is… Read More

The Great Outdoors

Bye, bye iPads and Game Boys. Hello, earthworms and squirrels and stones. A new lunch ‘n’ learn initiative at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Stoler Early Childhood Education Center is taking kids out of their classrooms and into the great outdoors. The concept is not a new one for the JCC, which has had a… Read More

Informed, Impassioned and Involved

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Last week, gathered inside Beth Israel Congregation’s sukkah, Julie Sakin, chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation, launched the organization’s 11th year. JWGF is a unique philanthropic group of intelligent, informed and impassioned women with varied backgrounds and of all ages. Now with more than 90 members, JWGF has… Read More

Boys’ Latin Club Builds Sukkah

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While many local high school students were sitting in class or relaxing at lunch on a recent Wednesday afternoon, 16 boys from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School gathered in a sukkah to celebrate the final day of Sukkot. “Introduce yourselves. Say what grade you’re in and what your favorite holiday is,”… Read More

Pew Survey of U.S. Jews

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There are a lot more Jews in America than you may have thought — an estimated 6.8 million, according to a new study. But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their children Jewish or connect with Jewish institutions. The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only… Read More