Worth Its Salt

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One of the most common stops on a first tour of Israel is the Dead Sea, in Hebrew Yam HaMelach. It’s the place where visitors can change into their bathing suits, saunter to the water’s edge and float — literally unable to immerse in the water due to its high concentration of salt. After the… Read More

New Super-Size Kitchen Awaits Jewish Pilgrims To Uman

Jewish volunteers have finished building a kitchen the size of a basketball court in Uman, Ukraine, where they plan to prepare 105,000 meals to serve to pilgrims next month. The new kitchen, donated by philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Bogomilsky of Florida, replaced a smaller setup used in previous years by volunteers and employees of Uman’s… Read More

Journey to Uman

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Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of… Read More

Pioneering Program

A new program at the University of Haifa (pictured) will focus on American Jewish studies.

Michael Privorotsky via Wikimedia Commons

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, among others. What’s happening in the American Jewish community and how those events impact future support… Read More

Megacycle

Rabbi Ari Solomont’s Cycle for Unity is in gear to revolutionize Jewish 
activism and philanthropy. 
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Rabbi Ari Solomont thinks a bike is a perfect vehicle for raising money earmarked to benefit good causes. The Hashmonaim, Israel, resident’s recently launched Cycle for Unity (cycleforunity.org) is in gear to revolutionize Jewish activism and philanthropy. He rolled out this initiative to get young adults and professionals excited about connecting to charities, both Jewish… Read More

A Labor of Love, Survival

Holocaust survivor Israel Gruzin, 84, feels blessed that his woodworking skills have provided a valued service to the community.
Photo by David Stuck

Lithuania native Israel Gruzin stood silently, grimly watching his cabinet-making shop engulfed in flames. It was his first very own business since immigrating to Baltimore in 1955. The year was 1976, and the Pikesville Lumber Yard — adjacent to Gruzin’s workshop — had caught fire. There was nothing he could do as his projects, materials… Read More

Missing Etan Savir

Etan Savir was an 
esteemed teacher, 
father and friend of the community.
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On Sunday, July 21, the world lost an esteemed teacher, father and friend of the community, as Etan Savir of Silver Spring and formerly of Baltimore passed away. He was 51. Born in New York on Oct. 10, 1961 to David and Elizabeth Savir, Savir graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1983 and… Read More

What’s “NEXT?”

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Earlier this month, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation launched its High Holidays Initiative as a continuing commitment for connecting young Jewish adults both nationally and locally with the Jewish community. With a newly enhanced interactive map, it is now easier than ever to locate upcoming High Holiday services and events. “Birthrighters wanted to… Read More

Police Investigating Levindale Homicide

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Ave., on July 30 after officers responded for a reported sick case, according to a police news… Read More

Politics-Free Prayer

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Rabbi David Greenspoon, formerly of Adat Chaim Synagogue, will be running a new independent service in Reisterstown this High Holiday season. Rabbi Greenspoon told the JT that his decision to go solo stemmed from interested former congregants and from not wanting to “go through the process of finding some High Holiday rabbinical position that would… Read More