A High Note

Erica Ferguson’s parents like to say she was born singing. “When I cried, my cries sounded like songs,” said Erica, 17. Perhaps the Rockville resident was already rehearsing for her future career as an opera singer. On Aug. 2, she made her Baltimore debut in an original opera, “Ava and Alex,” a production written, performed… Read More

Teen’s Twirling Skills Net ‘Amazing Experience’

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Brooke Goldberg, an energetic and ambitious 17-year-old from Arnold, Md., competed in Almere, The Netherlands in August at the World Baton Twirling Federation’s Seventh International Cup. Aspiring athletes came from 15 countries to vie for top honors. Brooke finished 10th in the artistic A senior division and ninth in the solo A senior division. Besides… Read More

Shirley Howard Leaves Legacy of Advocacy

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Although Shirley Howard passed away on Aug. 14, she will not soon be forgotten. The Baltimore native and longtime Pikesville resident is credited with helping children’s cancer treatment make major strides forward in her lifetime. Howard, who was at 88 at the time of her death, almost singlehandedly raised more than $30 million for treatment… Read More

Lesser Charges in Pikesville Shooting Dropped

Some charges against a Baltimore woman who is accused of harassing and attacking a young Pikesville couple were dropped in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Aug. 28. Stephanie Kamlot has two other cases pending against her in roughly two years of incidents. She is alleged to have placed razor blades under Pikesville resident Leah Efron’s… Read More

Shirley Howard Leaves Legacy Of Advocacy

Although Shirley Howard passed away on Aug. 14, she will not soon be forgotten. The Baltimore native and longtime Pikesville resident is credited with helping children’s cancer treatment make major strides forward in her lifetime. Howard, who was at 88 at the time of her death, almost singlehandedly raised more than $30 million for treatment… Read More

Israel Calls Up Reservists, Deploys Missile Defenses Against Syria

Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria. But an Israeli official briefed on a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet said the Jewish state believed the probability of it be targeted… Read More

Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Northern Israel

 Sirens were heard thought the Galilee this afternoon, as three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel in the Nahariya area. Two rockets fell in open unpopulated areas; one rocket was intercepted by the “Iron Dome” anti-rocket system. No injuries or damage were reported. A few civilians suffering from shock were admitted to hospitals…. Read More

Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?

For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch… Read More

A Passion For Caring

Joe DeMattos is passionate about 
his work and his active life in Jewish Baltimore.
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When Joe DeMattos came to Maryland, his plan was to “finish what he came for” and then return to Hawaii. Now, more than a decade later, DeMattos is still here, married to a Baltimorean and the proud father of two boys DeMattos, 53, is president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), the largest… Read More

True To Their Words

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Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up,… Read More