Blogger Ruchi Koval Visits Baltimore

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On Sunday, June 23, a group of 15 women gathered at Etz Chaim: The Center for Jewish Living and Learning for Do Sweat the Small Stuff by popular blogger Ruchi Koval. It was part of Etz Chaim’s young family division’s Raising Kids To Love Being Jewish, coordinated by Rabbi Yisroel and Chaya Porter, co-directors of… Read More

Annual Conference, A Wonderful Blend

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Several hundred people turned out for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s 2013 Annual Meeting, which was held last week at Beth El Congregation. The evening honored outgoing campaign chairs Yehuda Neuberger and Judi Fader and celebrated 10 years of Marc B. Terrill as president of the local federation. In addition to the festivities,… Read More

All About Family

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Love knows no bounds. That’s the message in a new book by Baltimore native Nathaniel Hoffman and co-author Nicole Salgado. In “Amor & Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s Borders,” Hoffman, a journalist, and Salgado, a biologist and educator, have exposed an aspect of the contentious immigration debate that readers may have overlooked until… Read More

Never Too Old

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Last Friday morning the Edward A. Myerberg Center was all about Mary Shofer. A day before Shofer’s 105th birthday, the fitness center regulars packed the workout area for a surprise birthday party. There were also family and friends and a variety of desserts and drinks. Countless photos were snapped. A reporter from a local news… Read More

B-a-a-a-con Up A Storm

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Ever wondered what it’s like to savor a delicious piece of bacon but can’t because you keep kosher? Well, members of the kosher community have reason to rejoice because kosher bacon has come to Pikesville. Chaim Silverberg, founder and creator of Lamb B-a-a-a-con (pronounced as if sounded by a lamb), is a special-needs teacher at… Read More

Converting A Happy Pig Into A Kosher Cow

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The thick scent of a peppery rub wafted through the Margolin Heb-rew Academy, and Corky the Pig embroidered his chef’s hat with a K and became a cow. Just before Purim, the famed Memphis barbecue joint Corky’s, with a hog for its mascot, koshered one of its smokers for a brisket fundraiser on behalf of… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

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I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope… Read More

NSA And The Jews

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The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the government gathers and stores data on the public’s phone and Internet use as part of the PRISM program in the name of national security has renewed debate on questions over security versus privacy in the modern world. For the Jewish community, questions about… Read More

Taxed & Overtaxed

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Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Over The Red Line?

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The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because… Read More