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BY Maayan Jaffe Photos Provided
June 20, 2013

Twelve communal leaders and two professionals from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore returned on May 26 from a mission to Baltimore’s sister city, Odessa, in the Former Soviet Union. The seven-day trip was in the works, according to Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Committee Co-chair Andrew Razumovsky, for upwards of nine months. “We tried to model CONTINUE »

Danny Valencia says that even though he doesn’t have a starting role with the 
Orioles, he wants to 
contribute in any way he can. (Todd Olszewski)
Jewish Oriole Valencia embraces bench role, religious uniqueness
BY David Snyder
June 20, 2013

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your CONTINUE »

Soon-to-be centenarian celebrates life
BY David Snyder
June 20, 2013

On several occasions during their nearly 60 years of marriage, Emily Velelli would tell her husband, Emmanuel, that she wished to die before him. She didn’t believe she could live after he passed on. Nonsense, Emmanuel, who died in 1993, would staunchly tell her. “He would say, ‘No. You’re strong. You have to stay here CONTINUE »

Baltimore native launches international translation service
BY Ron Snyder
June 20, 2013

Ryan Frankel turned a potentially dangerous health situation into something lucrative. A few years ago, Frankel was on a trip to China when he fell violently ill. He staggered into a pharmacy, but the pharmacist spoke no English, and Frankel tried in vain to describe his symptoms. Frustrated, Frankel eventually made his way back to CONTINUE »

Lois Blum Feinblatt reflects on changes in the American family
BY By Simone Ellin
June 20, 2013

“The good news is that I’m old.” That was how Lois Blum Feinblatt, 92, opened the discussion that she and Chris Kraft, Ph.D., therapists in the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit (SBCU), led  June 10.  The talk — “The Modern Family in America” — was a follow-up to a recent TEDx Baltimore presentation by CONTINUE »