Four Questions for Jeffrey Rosen

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Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was… Read More

Winning Shot

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LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the… Read More

Mentor, Teacher, Camp Director, Husband, Father

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The phrase “gone but not forgotten” may seem trite in describing the death of a person who left a major mark on the world, but one look at the numerous online tributes to Ed Cohen proves how appropriate the sentiment is. “Every word of it is true,” said Mike Schneider, former Camps Airy & Louise… Read More

‘A Rare Soul’

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They don’t make doctors like Jay Karpa anymore. Just ask Karen Levin, his assistant for 38 years. “He would spend hours sitting and talking to a patient,” said Levin, a nurse who was Karpa’s assistant in private practice. “He was a rare soul, and they just don’t make them like that anymore.” Karpa succumbed to… Read More

Kindred Spirits

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Religious freedom, family values, fiscal policy and Israel were the primary drivers of discussion, as faith activists and Republican politicians gathered in Washington last weekend for the Road to Majority 2014 Conference put on by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition. Despite the group’s reputation as mostly evangelical, Jewish speakers, pundits and issues were prominent… Read More

Belated Goodbye

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Holocaust survivor Benzion “Nick” Attias, who was a favorite of schools for his presentations about hiding from the Nazis, died on May 1 while talking to a group of high school students in Hanover, Pa. He was 79. Attias was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia to Lina (Bahar) Attias and Salamon Attias. They were an affluent… Read More

Summertime Staycation

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Often the words “summer vacation” can conjure painful images of airport security crowds, delayed train schedules and high gas prices — even higher than normal this year according to AAA, due in part, the association speculates, to the unrest of the Iraq civil war. Sam Rogers, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Visit… Read More

All In The Family

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It all started in 2007 with a sick dog named Fonzie. When the Feigelson family dog had surgery in Tennessee, Baltimore resident Margy Resnick Feigelson seized the opportunity to meet her extended family in Knoxville for the first time. Feigelson, who had pored over genealogy websites to trace her family’s roots, immediately connected with her… Read More

The Power of (Puppy) Love

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Some community events can’t help but boost one’s faith in humanity (and canine-ity). That was the case with Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital’s dedication of the Alvin and Elaine Mintzes Fund for the Care of Levindale Animals on June 19. The event also included a plaque-hanging ceremony “in loving honor of employee Paulette Carter… Read More

Business as Usual?

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While national Jewish leaders are predicting a rift in Jewish-Presbyterian relations following last week’s PCUSA General Assembly vote to divest from three American companies doing business with Israel, the situation likely will prove more affable in Baltimore. “We have a lot of very strong relationships with the local Presbyterian Church” said Chana Siff, associate director… Read More