Purim for All

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For Elaine Gerstenfeld, Purim is a tale of Jewish unity. In the biblical story, Queen Esther gathered the Jews to unite against Haman, a royal official on a mission to kill the Jews of Persia. “When he describes the Jews, he describes them as divided and dispersed,” explained Gerstenfeld, who is organizing the second annual… Read More

Soul Daughter Sings

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At 39, Neshama Carlebach says she is seeing herself clearly for the first time. The daughter of the legendary “Singing Rabbi,” Shlomo Carlebach, and a successful vocal artist in her own right, she will perform at Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia on March 8. As Beth Shalom’s scholar-in-residence, and in observance of Shabbat Across America… Read More

Jewish Museum Buys Building Next to Synagogue

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The Jewish Museum of Maryland purchased the warehouse directly north of the Lloyd Street Synagogue at an auction in late February. The 4,800-square foot warehouse, located at 5 Lloyd Street, will allow handicap access to the Lloyd Street Synagogue, said Marvin Pinkert, the museum’s executive director. The purchase price at the Feb. 27 auction was… Read More

Minimum Wage Bill Passes Committee

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Maryland is one step closer to becoming the 22nd state to raise the minimum wage above the federal standard of $7.25. The House Economic Matters Committee voted 13 to 8 on March 3 to approve legislation backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley that would raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 over the course of the… Read More

Jacob Levin

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Jacob (Jake) Levin was known to family and friends as a man with a huge heart of gold. Levin died March 1 at the age of 98. Many remember him from his years behind the counter at Levin’s Bakery on Patterson Park and Fairmount avenues or from his longtime membership in the Jewish Educational Alliance…. Read More

That’s Debatable

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It’s rare that the left-leaning J Street, a 5-year-old political advocacy organization that supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the conservative voice in the room. But that was the case on a recent Sunday, when about 75 people gathered at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library to hear Mark… Read More

Home Invasion Shakes Pikesville Community

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A man and his teenage daughter were tied up and robbed after two men forced their way into a home in the 3200 block of Hatton Road in Pikesville Tuesday night. The men stole computer tablets, jewelry, a camcorder, a wallet, cash, an iPod Touch and a cell phone, according to a statement from Baltimore… Read More

AIPAC Shapes Priorities

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Coming off of what many observers characterized as an off year in terms of getting its agenda implemented in Washington, D.C., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee will be welcoming upward of 14,000 attendees at the March 1-4 annual policy conference that will set the pro-Israel organization’s 2014 initiatives. Chief among the organization’s priority items… Read More

Hadassah’s Woes Continue

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The dust may have settled at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, but the underlying financial troubles that caused workers to go on strike earlier this month remain, as an organization that predates the State of Israel struggles to move on. Staffers at the two Hadassah hospitals in the Jerusalem enclaves of Ein Kerem and… Read More

Ukraine’s Jews Hunker Down

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The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge. After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, and parliament installed an interim leader to take the still-contested reins of power. Like their compatriots, Ukraine’s Jews… Read More