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Life In The Fast Lane

More than pizza and sharks motivate Owings Mills JCC Barracudas swim team member Alan Cherches. He also calls upon goal setting, time management and technique improvement. And at the age of 9, he has the track record to back it up. Last year, Cherches broke many of 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’ 8-and-under records,… Read More

A Golden Opportunity

For the first time since the event was founded in 2000, the Greater Baltimore JCC played host to more than 700 middle school athletes, their families and their coaches for last Sunday’s Junior Maccabi Games. The young athletes, ages 10 to 12, competed in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and table tennis at the Owings Mills… Read More

Out of Pikesville Comes Cantors

Longtime Pikesville High School music teacher Richard Disharoon can’t say for sure that he pushed students to the cantorate, but it’s at least an interesting coincidence that four former members of the Pikesville choir are now cantors. “I don’t know how much that had to do with [it],” said Disharoon. “But it’s a proud thing… Read More

Remembering in Howard County

In sharp contrast to the spring-like weather and bright skies this past Sunday, a standing-room-only crowd filled Howard County’s Oakland Mills Interfaith Center to commemorate what most believe is the darkest period in modern history. This year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration was dedicated to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, said Rabbi Seth… Read More

Bombs Away

Alarmed by what they believe to be diplomatic failures by the Obama administration in nuclear negotiations with Iran, leading scholars of a Washington-based think tank have proposed that the United States provide Israel with the largest bunker-buster bombs in the U.S. arsenal to help restore the administration’s leverage in its negotiations. In an op-ed published… Read More

Chametz Burned, Donated at Pimlico

The Baltimore community gathered at the Pimlico Race Course Clubhouse parking lot on Monday, April 14, to burn and donate its chametz just before the start of Passover. The pre-Passover tradition involves ridding homes of leavened foods to prepare for the holiday. For the second year, community members were not only able to burn their… Read More

America’s Other Pastime

For years, the clicking of the colorful tiles taunted Donna Beth Joy Shapiro. She wanted to learn the game, but she couldn’t find anyone to teach her. “It was the most mysterious thing my mother did,” said Shapiro of her mother’s regular mah jongg games. Finally, Shapiro attended an instructional event hosted by the Jewish… Read More

The Fight for Pigtown

Photos by David Stuck The revitalization of Baltimore’s most un-kosher neighborhood, historic Pigtown, is being led — perhaps surprisingly — by a Jew. Ben Hyman is the executive director of Pigtown Main Street, one of 10 Main Street programs sponsored by the Baltimore Development Corporation. Though he doesn’t eat pork, his world, in many ways,… Read More

Son of a Stitch

Photos provided The sewing machine looked harmless enough until it almost shot him. Mike Peisach, a veteran of the Korean War, fished a live .32-caliber bullet from under the needle plate of a machine during a routine repair. Peisach, who started repairing sewing machines when he was 15, has handed down death warrants on many… Read More

Dressing the Part

Photos by David Stuck Lions, tigers, ninjas, super heroes and crayons are just some of the characters that will be wandering the streets in celebration of Purim in a couple days. “I’m very into themes,” said Rachel Lasson, who attended Ner Tamid’s Pre-Purim Carnival last weekend. She picks a theme each year for dressing up… Read More