Somewhere In The Middle

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“What we have now are politicians and not statesmen,” said Hillel Schenker, co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. “Statesmen [are people] who are ready to take risks for the long term — on both sides.” Think Pericles of Athens, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill; for all three men, their bedrock of principles rested on the ideal… Read More

Not For Women Only

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Since before Alan Blassberg’s birth, breast cancer had taken a heavy toll on the 43-year-old Los Angeles-based television producer and his family. His grandmother succumbed to breast cancer two weeks before he was born; his aunt died from the disease at age 49, when he was 27; and his sister, Sammy Blassberg, learned she had… Read More

Mitzvah Day

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Upward of 1,000 people packed rooms at both the Park Heights and Owings Mills branches of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for this year’s Mitzvah Day, assembling winter care packages, making peanut butter sandwiches and taking part in other activities to benefit those less fortunate in the Baltimore area. “Mitzvah Day brought out… Read More

Holocaust Survivors Teach Israeli Chefs

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When Itzik Yaacobi was a hungry teenager in the Auschwitz concentration camp, he used to dream about food he didn’t have — a pear, an apple, a watermelon — but he never dreamed that one day he would cook with a dean of Israeli chefs, in this case Shalom Kadosh. Yaacobi is sitting in Kadosh’s… Read More

Annapolis 2014

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With the fast-approaching 2014 midterm elections looming over local politics, the Maryland General Assembly will have a lot on its agenda when it goes into its 434th session Jan. 8. Last year, the state legislature repealed the death penalty, adjusted campaign finance rules that more closely regulate how much any one entity can give to… Read More

Opportunity Knocks

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Once her children, Seth and Hannah, were old enough to go to school, Cindy Perlow, a stay-at-home mother from Reisterstown, found herself at a bit of a loss. What was next? For several years, Perlow taught at the Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Preschool at Beth Israel, but eventually she felt ready for a change. When… Read More

Oseh Shalom In Laurel Gets Something New On Top

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What a difference a dome makes. Oseh Shalom in Laurel has a new dome atop its sanctuary, replacing one that had crowned the Reconstructionist synagogue since 1991. Made of fiberglass sheets that are usually used for skylights, the dome was badly deteriorating, said Barry Nove, Oseh Shalom’s facilities manager. “The light that was coming in… Read More

Maryland’s State Sport Takes To The Holy Land

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Five teens — four boys and one girl — from Baltimore joined a select group of Jewish American lacrosse players for an international competition that took place late last month in Israel and Poland. Sponsored by the Israel Lacrosse Association, the U-19 [under 19] National program saw Lilly Pollak, Jordan Abel, Jake Gavilow and Max… Read More

Burglaries Hit Pikesville Area

Residents of the Upper Park Heights area straddling Baltimore City and County have experienced several burglaries, an attempted break-in and a robbery, according to Shomrim of Baltimore and local police. Baltimore County police said there were two daytime burglaries in the Ranchleigh community between Dec. 18 and Dec. 20. Shomrim, meanwhile, reported several thefts over… Read More

Wave of Palestinian Attacks Evokes Intifada Debate

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An Israeli civilian contractor for the Ministry of Defense was killed by a sniper as he worked to repair a section of the country’s border fence along the Gaza strip damaged by last week’s storm. After the shooting, Israeli jets struck targets inside Gaza, reportedly wounding an 18-year-old man, according to Palestinian medical sources. As… Read More