‘A Genius Who Transcended Rock’

Lou Reed dies at 71.

  Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the front-man for the band Velvet Underground, as well as a solo artist, died Sunday, Oct. 27. Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, was 71. He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse. A cause of death was not made public. Reed,… Read More

Obama Names Three To Holocaust Council

A former JTA president, an LGBT activist and a member of the AIPAC national council were named to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. President Obama on Thursday named Elisa Spungen Bildner, John Farahi and Dana Perlman to the council, which oversees the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Bildner, a past JTA president, is a… Read More

Five Jews Violently Attacked In Sydney

Five Jews were hospitalized after being beaten in what was described by an Australian Jewish leader as the worst incident of anti-Semitic violence in Sydney in many years. Eight males, mostly teenagers, reportedly taunted the religious Jews — four from the Behar family — with slurs as they were walking home in suburban Bondi from… Read More

IAF Attacks In Gaza Following Rockets Fired On Southern Israel

After rockets and mortars were fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists early this morning, the Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked two concealed rocket launchers in the Northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed, an IDF spokesman announced. Earlier this morning, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. One rocket was intercepted by the… Read More

Judaism Behind Bars

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Elsa Newman was an extremely dedicated Jew before her incarceration. She kept kosher, considered herself knowledgeable about rituals and holidays and made sure her two sons received a Jewish education at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. She once worked on a kibbutz in Israel and spent many summers at Camp Ramah, a Jewish summer camp… Read More

‘Dream Like An Artist, Dress Like A Banker’

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What do classical music, deep-data mining, devotion to Judaism and family and commercial real estate have in common? Gilbert Trout. Speaking very modestly, Trout attributes his talents and successes to genetics and by referring to the remarkable life of his grandfather, Arthur Jacob, who was an entrepreneur ahead of his time, who saved his family… Read More

Take Note

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More than 1,000 Northwest Baltimore residents packed into the Cross Country Middle School auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 16 to voice their opinions on what they consider most important in their neighborhood. The event was organized by a joint effort from Baltimore City and the five Northwest neighborhood groups. Each resident checked in at a table, where… Read More

Community Cornerstone

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In the heart of Mount Washington sits a colorful fabric store that reflects the legacy of three generations. A Fabric Place has weathered natural disasters and changing economic times to bring quality fabrics and service to the area for nearly 45 years. The 6,000-square-foot location at 6324 Falls Road houses thousands of fabrics and attracts… Read More

Father To The Lone Soldiers

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To many of the Israeli Defense Forces’ lone soldiers (servicemen and women without parents in Israel), Lt. Col. Tzvika Levy is more than just an advocate. He is — in a lot of ways — a father figure. Starting as a volunteer, Levy said he has worked with these soldiers for decades, creating a network… Read More

‘We Would Have Lost Our Community’

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A Kassam rocket had just landed across the street, but it couldn’t wipe the smile off David Lhundgim’s face, as he entered his apartment in this embattled town near the Gaza border. Born in the rural provinces of northeast India, Lhundgim has lived in Sderot since he moved to Israel in 2007, and by at… Read More