Star-Studded Sendoff

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The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at… Read More

Filmed in Baltimore

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Academy Award-nominated and three-time Emmy Award-winning director Robert Gardner releases his latest masterpiece, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story” to the silver screen next week on PBS. Airing Sept. 9, the Gardner Films and Unity Production Foundation docudrama shares the story of Noor Inayat Khan, a young Muslim woman who sacrificed her… Read More

Reisterstown Keeps Eye on Prize

Nearly four years after the Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA) formed, the Northwest Baltimore County town is making headway on revitalizing its often-overlooked Main Street area. With the help of a dedicated county employee, Amy Mantay, as town manager, the Main Street Committee formed and set up Reisterstown to apply for Maryland Main Street status, which… Read More

Marylanders Volunteer in Israeli Hospital

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Hospital officials were showing Evan Feuer around the emergency room at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon when they heard tires screeching outside. A woman in the car was in cardiac arrest. Within minutes, and before doctors had arrived, the woman was intubated, had an IV placed and was breathing thanks to Feuer, who managed the… Read More

Bikur Cholim Hosts First Bike-A-Thon

Bikur Cholim of Baltimore expects to raise around $70,000 at its first bike-a-thon on Sunday, Sept. 7. The organization, which provides services to Jewish patients with medical issues in hospitals and in the community, expects about 150 riders to participate in the ride through rural Baltimore County. “It’s a good way to raise money and… Read More

Federoff Approaches 200 State Fair Ribbons

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Three years after emerging from a coma, Randallstown resident Ellen Federoff continues to be recognized for the hobby that is keeping the largely bedridden woman active. Federoff’s needlepoint work, as of this year’s Maryland State Fair contest, has earned her 199 ribbons in various contests. “I’ve already started for next year, and I’m really into… Read More

Jewish Patriots

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As Baltimore and Maryland commemorate the American victory over the British in the War of 1812 and honor Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” — inspired by the sight of Fort McHenry’s tattered flag that “was still there” after the 1814 Battle of Baltimore — local institutions are shedding light on the contributions of Jewish… Read More

Battle Scars

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With the news that Maryland will be home to some of the latest efforts to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, the deadly outbreak taking place on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is seemingly getting closer and closer. At American Jewish World Service, the outbreak resulted in a halt in regular programming in… Read More

‘Robbery, Extortion, Trafficking’

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With concern over the apparent growing strength and spread of the Islamic State, the terror group that has beheaded two American journalists in as many weeks, Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), despite the Senate’s summer recess, have sent a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the administration to… Read More

Moving On

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PRAGUE — When the novel “Altschul’s Method” hit the shelves in Czech bookstores in March, it was hailed as a brilliant political and psychological thriller combining elements of science fiction, alternate history and Jewish mysticism. But it became a true literary sensation when it was revealed a week later that the book’s supposed author, Chaim… Read More