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BY Allie Freedman
October 9, 2014

A local book club examined the life of Si Kalderon, whose story is among many mentioned in “Haven,” Ruth Gruber’s account of rescuing 982 refugees from 18 countries as World War II raged. Kalderon, who was just 9 years old when he fled the Holocaust aboard the troop transport Henry Gibbins and sailed for Ellis CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
October 9, 2014

Although Ronen Barokas went to culinary school in Israel and worked as a chef there and in New York City before coming to Baltimore two years ago, he still asks the rhetorical question, “What is Israeli food?” “We take it from all over the world, and we make it better” is his answer. The Israeli CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
October 9, 2014

Baltimore City College in northeast Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest public high school and third oldest in the nation, celebrates 175 years this month with a series of events culminating with a black-tie gala on Oct. 25. The kick-off event outside the school’s second home — “the castle on the hill” that was erected in 1939 — CONTINUE »

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Determined not to let speech impediment define him, Ben Goldstein has turned the tables
BY Allie Freedman
October 9, 2014

Despite all of his accomplishments, Ben Goldstein of Baltimore still finds it difficult to order a cup of coffee. Since early childhood, Goldstein, 24, has had a stutter. Despite his speech impediment, he spent a year in Israel teaching English, graduated with almost a 4.0 grade point average from college and received a full scholarship CONTINUE »

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Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
October 9, 2014

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk. Towering over the skyline of this industrial metropolis, the 22-story Menorah CONTINUE »