Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 years

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Baltimore City College in northeast Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest public high school and third oldest in the nation, celebrates 175 years this month with a series of events culminating with a black-tie gala on Oct. 25. The kick-off event outside the school’s second home — “the castle on the hill” that was erected in 1939 —… Read More

Beyond the Stutter

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Despite all of his accomplishments, Ben Goldstein of Baltimore still finds it difficult to order a cup of coffee. Since early childhood, Goldstein, 24, has had a stutter. Despite his speech impediment, he spent a year in Israel teaching English, graduated with almost a 4.0 grade point average from college and received a full scholarship… Read More

‘A Great Beacon of Light’

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DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk. Towering over the skyline of this industrial metropolis, the 22-story Menorah… Read More

A Matter of Concern

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Hundreds of members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last weed expressing concern over Iran’s “refusal to fully cooperate” with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s continuing investigation into Iran’s dismantlement of its nuclear program as required by the  P5+1 framework agreement. The letter, signed by 352 members of the House… Read More

Conservative Rabbi Comes Out to Congregants

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In a poignant letter to his congregants, Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that he is gay and that he and his wife of 20 years, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, are divorcing. While members of the congregation are still digesting the news, many have already expressed their support. “I… Read More

Betting on Baltimore

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Many of the more than 25,000 Baltimoreans who live in the area of Northwest Baltimore north of Northern Parkway but within city limits are relatively immune to the traffic, crime and poverty linked to the Pimlico Race Course, but they benefit from their proximity to the track nonetheless. The five neighborhoods north of Pimlico are… Read More

‘Man Up!’

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After a 20-year-long battle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and shame about being overweight, a fateful encounter with a large plate of chicken wings finally convinced fourth-generation Baltimorean Andrew Walen that he was suffering from an eating disorder. It happened one night that February 2004, when Walen, who was especially stressed, tired and irritable, joined… Read More

A Sukkah of Joy

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Forty years ago, Ruth and Sy Hefter built a one-of-a-kind sukkah. Four decades later, their temporary holiday hut has lived in three states, survived two major hurricanes and now resides in Baltimore. “My sukkah is inspired from a sukkah at the Jewish Museum in Jerusalem,” said Sy Hefter. “In that sukkah, all the walls were… Read More

JCC Goes Orange

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The Owings Mills JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center threw its support behind the Orioles on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The school’s approximately 270 students, some dressed in Orioles garb and sporting face paint, gathered in the JCC’s lobby to cheer, dance and rally for their hometown team, as it entered the playoffs. Ilene Meister, director of… Read More

Still Going Strong at 90

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As it turns 90 next month, the Owings Mills-based Central Scholarship Bureau is celebrating the more than 7,000 underprivileged students statewide who have pursued higher education because of its largesse. Originally founded as a solely Jewish organization, today CSB distributes more than $1 million of financial aid annually, offering interest-free loans and scholarships of up… Read More