SNYDER AT STEVENSON

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Navy veteran and Paralympian swimmer Brad Snyder spoke at Stevenson University’s commencement on  Thursday, May 19. The retired Navy lieutenant was injured by an  improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, and during the rehabilitation process, he returned to swimming and earned a spot on the U.S.  Paralympic National Swim Team. He earned two gold medals and … Read More

NIGHT OF THE STARS

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Star of stage and screen Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza on the wildly popular “Seinfeld,” performed at  Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Night of the Stars on May 12,  which benefited the synagogue’s youth community.

HEALTH FOR ALL

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LifeBridge Health’s 2016 Magic of Life Gala raised  a record $3.5 million to benefit patient care, programs, services, capital projects and technology on April 16. Among the more than 2,000  attendees were (from left) Ellen Meltzer, president and CEO Neil Meltzer, Brenda Mandel, Lou Frock and Barbara Bloom.

Out & About | Mazel Tov

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Carol Berkower, a member of Beth Am Congregation, read to an assembled group of about 50 people at Hodson Hall last week, for the Spring 2016 Thesis Readings and Program Awards on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. The excerpt she read was from her piece titled “How to Drown in the Inner Harbor,” which completed… Read More

Out & About | All Together Now

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JQ Baltimore hosted its third annual LGBTQ seder on April 13 at Beth Am Synagogue. The LGBTQ event attendees spanned many faiths, branches of Judaism, races and ages. LGBTQ identified, and their family members, allies and friends enjoyed the seder led by Rabbi Gila Ruskin (pictured). (Provided)

Out & About | Winning Notes

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Music director Jordan Randall Smith conducted a group of local musicians that comprise Symphony Number One, which completed its first season last week. The performance included the “rambunctious and high octane” world premiere of “The Promised Burning” by the Call for Scores competition winner and former Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University student, Andrew… Read More

Annual Tradition

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FutureCare Cherrywood hosted its annual Passover seder luncheon on April 14 for more than 75 residents and  family members. The seder was led by Rabbi Moshe Shualy (left),  pictured with Cherrywood’s new administrator, Dovid Insel.

Winner’s Circle

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Rachel Siegel (center), director of development  for Pearlstone Center, received the first annual Neely Tal Snyder  Community Impact Award during the Darrell Friedman Institute for  Professional Development at the Weinberg Center’s annual celebration of professionals. Other award winners included Cindy Goldstein (left), executive director of DFI who received the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service… Read More

Muscle Men

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JCC trainers practice what they preach! Blake Piesto (left) won third place in the Maryland State Powerlifting Competition, setting a personal record with a 220-pound bench press. Yaakov Bar Am snatched third place at the NPC Philadelphia Body Building Championships in the 40-plus Masters Physique Division.

Out & About:
PLAY BALL!

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Harel and Randi Turkel, along with their two  children, enjoyed a  behind-the-scenes tour of Oriole Park at  Camden Yards as part of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s IMPACT and PJ Library event.  The family made  matzoh-themed pillows following the tour. (Photo provided)