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

At Peace

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Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under… Read More

‘If We Didn’t Do It …’

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The July 26 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for, as the editorial put it, “an orderly… Read More

Because We Are Jewish

The Torah reiterates, no less than 36 times, the commandment to love the stranger as ourselves, for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. The Exodus narrative is not just about the suffering and flight of the Jews, but it delivers a universal message about Jewish commitment to human rights and refugee protection…. Read More

Attempted Spy Arrested In Israel

An ultra-Orthodox man, a member of the Neturei Karta sect in Jerusalem, was arrested in July on charges of attempting to spy on Israel for Iran. He apparently contacted the Iranian embassy in Berlin three years ago, offering to spy for them and stating he would, “kill a Zionist.” The Iranians supplied him with an… 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

MMAE Member Champions Pet Memorial Board

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Countless synagogues devote yahrzeit boards and plaques to honor people who have passed. In the coming months, one synagogue will feature a similar memorial … for pets. Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, is planning to erect a memorial board to pay tribute to deceased pets. The idea came from congregant and ardent… Read More

Teen Art Whiz’s Work To Be Featured On Anti-Drug Calendar

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For Rebecca Schuman, 14, artwork has always been a personal outlet. A way to relax, a way to escape. However, one of her more recent works stands to impact (and be viewed by) countless others. In late June, the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore County announced the winners of its annual anti-drug contest, in which… Read More

At Home In The Jewish Home

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When 38 teens returned to Baltimore after a month in Israel, their faces were glowing with excitement from the trip that they all agreed was “awesome” and “amazing.” “People always told me Israel was a home of mine, but I never actually felt that connection until I saw it myself,” said Matthew Rogers, 16. He… Read More