Party Time

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Israel is turning 66, and you are invited to the party. From feasting on falafel to bopping to Israeli beats, Jewish organizations across the area want you to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day in style at Yom Ha’atzmaut events next week. Fells Point’s contemporary bar, Vale Tudo, will be decked out in blue and white on… Read More

Striking Out

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Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away,… Read More

Postmarked Jesus

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Israel Restoration Ministries, the same California-based Messianic Jewish organization that distributed postcards in the fall displaying the logos of numerous local Jewish organizations, is back at it. Postcards with the headline, “Seder without a Passover or Seder with a Passover?” arrived in mailboxes across some of Baltimore’s most densely Jewish neighborhoods just in time for… Read More

Remembering in Howard County

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In sharp contrast to the spring-like weather and bright skies this past Sunday, a standing-room-only crowd filled Howard County’s Oakland Mills Interfaith Center to commemorate what most believe is the darkest period in modern history. This year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration was dedicated to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, said Rabbi Seth… Read More

Hackerman-Patz House Celebrates Decade

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For the last decade, more than 30,000 people from 8,000 families from all over the United States and the world have had a second home at the Sinai Hospital campus. The Hackerman-Patz House has served as a place to rest and make new friends for patients undergoing a variety of extended treatments and their families…. Read More

Junior Maccabi Games coming to town

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More than 700 young Jewish athletes from 15 cities will pour into the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center next week to compete in the Junior Maccabi Games. “It’s looking pretty good,” said Bradley Kerxton, middle school program director at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, of the local delegation’s odds of success this year. As the… Read More

Finding Inspiration

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Since 2010, Rabbi Yisroel Porter and his wife, Chaya Porter, of Baltimore’s Etz Chaim Center have been offering programs for young families of all Jewish affiliations through their Jewish Family Institute. Programs for Jewish women such as free women’s trips to Israel through the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, Roughly Rosh Hodesh and the Jewish Moms… Read More

Yerushalayim Shel Lego

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Architect Stephen Schwartz and his wife, Bunny, hauled 70,000 Lego pieces from their Building Blocks Workshops in New Jersey to Beth El Congregation last weekend to host Lego Jerusalem — an event one had to see through to the end to believe. At 10:15 last Sunday morning, about 130 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Beth… Read More

Questioning Palestinian Unity

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Now that Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a Palestinian unity government, opinions are mixed on what this means for Israel, for the Palestinians and for the future of the peace process. Israel suspended peace negotiations a day after the April 23 announcement that the rival factions agreed to bridge their differences. It calls… Read More

Convicted Murderer of Orthodox Girl Will Not Get New Trial

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A man who was found guilty of killing an 11-year-old Orthodox girl in 1969 was denied a new trial Thursday, according to reports. Wayne Stephen Young will continue to serve jail time for the murder of Esther Lebowitz after Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Edward Hargadon made his decision Thursday. The possibility of a new trial… Read More