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BY Ron Snyder
June 19, 2013

In many ways, the past year has represented a homecoming for me. It was a year ago that I joined the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times as a reporter. The move allowed me to return to my roots. I grew up in Pikesville, went to Milbrook Elementary School, Pikesville Middle School and Pikesville High CONTINUE »

BY Jacob Shapiro
June 19, 2013

I grew up in Owings Mills and my parents sent me to Hebrew school. Before each session came the complaint: “Why do I have to do this if I don’t want to?” My parents would respond: “You’ll understand when you’re older.” Against my will, I worked toward my bar mitzvah, signaling the completion of my CONTINUE »

BY Frank Storch
June 19, 2013

Summer is here. Bicyclists once again are riding on our streets. From small banana-seat 10-inchers with training wheels to 10-speed racing bikes, we see them all. How many cyclists wear protective helmets and reflective gear? I did my own research and found that, thank God, most riders are wearing helmets. Inevitably, though, a few children CONTINUE »

June 19, 2013

When the Jewish Education Services of North America (JESNA) closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central address for CONTINUE »

Parshat Chukat
BY Rabbi Yisrael Motzen
June 13, 2013

The story is told that Itzhak Perlman once came on stage to play a violin concerto. Having contracted polio at age 4, greatly impacting his ability to walk, he made his way across the stage laboriously using his crutches. He laid the crutches down, picked up his Soil Stradivarius and began tuning the instrument. All CONTINUE »