Black Friday Watch

Somewhere between turkey and stuffing and pie and ice cream, many retailers hope you and your family find the time to shop for some televisions, tablets or toys. The ever-growing Black Friday phenomenon of price-slashing sales expanded in 2012 for the first time ever into Thanksgiving Day when Wal-Mart announced that it would be opening… Read More

ASA’s Hot-Button Issue

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LOS ANGELES — Members of the American Studies Association gathered last year for their annual meeting and a vociferous debate on the wisdom of initiating an academic boycott of Israel. One year later, the debate is over, and the boycott resolution has long since passed — but the aftereffects are still being felt. Attendees at… Read More

Getting to Know Each Other

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WASHINGTON — There were bagel breakfasts, a Friday night kiddush in English and Hebrew and plenty of talk about how to keep the grandkids Jewish. In some ways, the inaugural conference earlier this month of the Israeli American Council was much like other Jewish gatherings, except the Jews were Israelis and a lot of what… Read More

Synagogues Rally for Alzheimer’s Awareness

At recent Shabbat services, Baltimore-area congregations joined more than 125 churches in observance of the Purple Sabbath. It wasn’t for the Ravens, though, and instead raised Alzheimer’s awareness, purple being the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Temple Oheb Shalom, Beth El Congregation and Temple Emanuel of Baltimore encouraged members to attend… Read More

BMA Gets Ready to Reopen Merrick Entrance

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The Baltimore Museum of Art is set to reopen its grand Merrick Historic Entrance after more than 30 years and also premiere its renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing on Sunday, Nov. 23.   The reinstalled wing will display approximately 850 works of American art, some of which have not been exhibited in many years,… Read More

An Israeli Ambassador

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Tal Brody, star of the 1977 Israeli European championship team, visited students at Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School last week during a sweep through the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region. Nicknamed “Mr. Basketball,” Brody gave up a career in the NBA and made aliyah, eventually leading the Maccabi Tel Aviv team to… Read More

‘Her World Was Family’

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Goldie Miller, a devoted wife and mother, and a rare super-centenarian, passed away of heart failure at 111 on Oct. 16 in her daughter’s Pikesville home. Miller was born in Baltimore on April 25, 1903, the second of seven children — three boys and four girls — of Sam Kirson, a property manager, and Anna… Read More

Horror in Har Nof

Israeli police and rescue workers remove the body of one of the four victims. One witness said, “This is one of the most shocking scenes ... people just bled out.” (Photos Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Robin Kahn and her husband, Simon, have lived in the Jerusalem suburban neighborhood of Har Nof for more than 22 years. This past Tuesday, their morning began like any other with Simon leaving at 7 o’clock for early morning prayer services at his synagogue. Normalcy ended soon thereafter. “He called me, which is strange because… Read More

Commission Passes Marijuana Regulations

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The state of Maryland is one step closer to implementing a medical cannabis program, but some estimate that patients won’t be able to legally acquire the medicine until mid-2016 at the earliest. The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously adopted its proposed regulations at a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13. The regulations, which run… Read More

Gansler Looks Ahead

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On June 25, calls started pouring in to Doug Gansler’s office with job offers. Maryland’s attorney general didn’t need to use a head hunter to get about 60 propositions, which came from firms of all sizes, from small practices to multinational firms with thousands of lawyers. After losing the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Lt. Gov…. Read More