Hands-On Help

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It’s not the typical Israel tour itinerary that entices visitors with an opportunity to power wash desert sand from armored personnel carriers, sleep on thin-mattress army bunk beds or dine on military food with Israel Defense Forces officers-in-training. But for a group of Baltimoreans who signed on for a Volunteers for Israel (VFI) trip, their… Read More

A Safe Haven

A concern for safety pushed Julie and Nathanael Weill and their sons Eytan and Lior to move from France to Montreal.

TORONTO — When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a yearlong attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career as a special-effects artist in Quebec’s thriving film and television industry. They agreed to fly home if the… Read More

Soldier for His People

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch stands at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport, where he was arrested in 1970.

ST. PETERSBURG — Through the backseat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals. It was June 15, 1970, and the 23-year-old Mendelevitch had just been arrested along with 11 accomplices for trying to hijack a plane to escape the Soviet Union. On the… Read More

United Stand

At least four protests took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the day following the grand jury announcement, including those at Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, McKeldin Square and Baltimore City Hall.

Throughout the past four months, between officiating bar mitzvahs and weddings and leading her congregation, Rabbi Susan Talve, of  St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation, has been traveling north to Ferguson, Mo., to join the protests. “There was moral outrage,” Talve said of the nights immediately following last week’s announcement that charges would not be brought… Read More

Lexington Lady Bows Out

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“Lexington Lady! More than a woman to me. It’s the look that you wear that shows on your face you’re a Lexington Lady. Lexington Lady,” crooned the singer in the Lexington Lady jingle that ran for years on Baltimore radio and television stations. But now the iconic plus-size women’s clothing and accessory shop on Reisterstown… Read More

Smash Success

A new podcast has quickly become possibly the most successful of all time. “Serial,” in its first season, has been downloaded or streamed more than 5 million times from iTunes and averages around 1.5 million listeners per episode, according to reports. It has been written about in The New York Times and The Washington Post… Read More

Shalom USA Signs Off

After 15 years as a Sunday morning staple, Jay Bernstein, host of Shalom USA, signed off the Baltimore airwaves for the final time this past weekend. The increasing difficulty in finding advertisers and donors to cover the radio station fee was the primary reason for ending the weekly broadcast. Shalom USA, which began as Shalom… Read More

Behind the Scenes

Zili Grossman, a former PR 
professional for Eilat’s hotel scene, now runs an aid organization for the city’s poor.

EILAT, Israel  — Zili Grossman did public relations for “half the hotels” in Eilat, she says. She was the mayor’s press adviser. Her job took her to festivals, bowling alleys, theaters and miniature golf courses — the gamut of tourist attractions in Israel’s best-known resort town. After a career shift, she opened up a fashion… Read More

Ner Tamid Charters New Scout Troop

Ner Tamid Congregation has a new Cub Scout troop through its youth program. Pack 1299 received its charter from the Boy Scouts of America and started meeting in September.   Ner Tamid youth group director Sam Wach has recruited parent volunteers to be pack and den leaders, and the cub master will be Rivka Trapp…. Read More

Storch Featured at Security Conference

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Baltimorean Frank Storch traveled to Israel earlier this month to share with the international Jewish community his guide to keeping schools safe.   “As we all know, there’s always room to improve security,” said Storch via email. He presented his “Keep Your School Safe” guide at the third annual International Conference on Homeland Security, which… Read More