Survivors Haven’t Lost Their Rhythm

Jordon Goodman (top photo) leads a drum circle with members of the Holocaust Survivors Social Club, who danced,sang and played a variety of percussion instruments. (Photos by Marc Shapiro) When Jordan Goodman told a room of about 30 seniors that he is a musician and they are musicians too, he got rounds of laughter. But [...]

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BY Marc Shapiro

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, [...]

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BY Heather Norris

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 [...]

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BY Amy Lynwander

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 [...]

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BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris

Promoting Aliyah

Photos by David Stuck Nefesh B’Nefesh, the non-profit organization that promotes aliyah from North America and the United Kingdom, brought its Israeli immigration message to Baltimore this month, joining with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish National Fund and the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption to host an aliyah fair at the Doubletree Pikesville on Reisterstown [...]

BY Joshua Runyan