Never Met a Stranger Linda Greenberg’s care for the homeless and needy was felt throughout Maryland and beyond

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Linda Greenberg, a prominent humanitarian in Anne Arundel County, died at the age of 72 on Friday Oct. 30 as a result of complications from heart-valve replacement surgery. Greenberg was well known in the Jewish community for her founding of the Christmas Eve charity “Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy.” Greenberg started the drive in 1989 as… Read More

One in Several Million Journalist searches for grandfather’s ‘true love’

Sarah Wildman reads excerpts from her book “Paper Love” during a presentation at Chizuk Amuno 
Congregation, which was moderated by Suzy Snyder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

When people hear about the atrocities of the Holocaust, they most likely are told how enormous it was. Millions of victims killed; thousands of work camps established throughout Europe. But Sarah Wildman’s book, “Paper Love,” tracks the life of only one person: Valerie Scheftel (nicknamed Valy), who Wildman discovered was her grandfather’s “true love” (according… Read More

FIDF Gala Raises Record Amount

Gary and Julie Applebaum pose with Ligal Atias, an Israeli soldier they 
sponsor through the FIDF’s IMPACT! program. (Marc Shapiro)

The Baltimore chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces raised a record amount of money at its annual gala on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. The organization’s seventh annual event raised more than $500,000 and drew about 450 people, both numbers higher than past galas. “I think it was a very emotional… Read More

World Zionist Congress Passes Green, Pro-LGBT Resolutions Baltimore delegate’s slate runs into dead end

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized for telling the World Zionist Congress that a Palestinian leader convinced Hitler to exterminate  the Jews, but “on one side of the room it was well received,” said Rabbi Jack Luxemburg. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Jim Schiller came out of the World Zionist Congress, held over two days last month in Jerusalem, empty-handed. Schiller, chairman of the Baltimore Zionist District, was one of seven  delegates on the Zionist Spring slate, whose platform called for greater  accountability in the World Zionist Organization and the appointment of leaders based on their qualifications… Read More

Congregational Awareness Clergy from around the state learn how to address domestic violence

Shmuel Fischler speaks to clergy at a domestic violence workshop in Annapolis. (Daniel Schere)

More than 270 clergy members from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis on Oct. 14 for the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition’s third annual training session. The event features a number of speakers from various faith and advocacy groups aimed at educating members of the faith community on how they can provide resources to their congregations. Baltimore… Read More

Not Your Typical CEO HoCo-based health executive honored by ADL

ADL national chair Marvin D. Nathan (right) presents MedStar CEO and president Kenneth Samet with ADL’s Achievement Award. (ImageLinkPhoto.com)

The Anti-Defamation League presented MedStar Health CEO and president Kenneth Samet with its Achievement Award at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington on Oct. 8. Columbia-based MedStar Health is the largest health care provider serving the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region with 10 hospitals, 30,000 associates and 6,000 affiliated physicians. “The principles by which Ken lives… Read More

A Guest from Ashkelon Mayor’s wife visits Chizuk Amuno preschool

Back row, from left: Orly Purrio, Revital Shimoni, Michelle Gold and Rabbi Ronald Shulman pose for a photo with a class at Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center. (Photo by Justin Katz)

When one walks into a preschool classroom, there is an expectation that children will be talking loudly, and in English. But when Revital Shimoni, wife of Itamar Shimoni, mayor of Ashkelon, Israel, walked into a classroom at Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center on Oct. 20, she was greeted by 11 relatively quiet children… Read More

Influential Optimist Local businessman Charles Baum was a problem solver, devoted family man

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Charles Baum, a prominent businessman in Baltimore’s Jewish community, passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 73. Baum, who had served as the president of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, a sister organization of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. Marc Terrill, president of The Associated,… Read More

Gordon Center Turns 20 Performing arts center continues to grow as it enters its third decade

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When the $4 million facility opened, it was of the highest caliber. No detail was overlooked in the creation of the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, from its masonry block design, lightweight concrete roof, ceiling panels and acoustic curtains — all of which contribute to the venue’s acoustic superiority — to its… Read More