Odessa Gives Back

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By Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Hundreds of people gathered this Saturday night for a wonderful event in Odessa – Party for Charity. This party combined both fun and philanthropy and featured three local DJs. The project was created by Hillel student Kate Gilenkova for the Youth Leadership Project Metsuda. Her project is aimed at collecting… Read More

Latest Police Moves Keep Stability In The Community

Baltimore City Police has promoted a former captain who oversees the Northwestern District and has brought in a new captain, as well. Marc Partee, formerly a captain, was promoted to major, and Capt. Byron Conaway joined the forces. “You’re basically just ramping it up,” Partee said. “You have two operational guys — myself and the… Read More

University Of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation Launch Pioneering ‘American Jewish Studies’ Program

Amos Shapira, president of the University of Haifa, speaks at the university's 41st Board of Governors meeting in June 2013. Shapira says the new Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa "will create a new generation of educated and engaged citizens who share a deeper understanding of the American relationship." 
Photo credit: University of Haifa Communications and Media Relations.

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, and others. “What’s happening in the American Jewish community?” and how those events impact future support for… Read More

Best Music Festival

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The Hot August Blues and Roots Festival has come a long way since the first show 21 years ago at Brad Selko’s farm in Monkton. “A friend of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you want to have a picnic in your backyard with Charlie Musselwhite?’” Selko said. “I said, ‘Are you crazy?’”… Read More

Inquiring Minds

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Who should be first in line for a life-saving kidney transplant? Should the victim of a terrorist attack take precedent over the terrorist when it comes to receiving medical treatment? These were two of the questions discussed at Bioethics: The Catch-22 in Medicine and Healthcare, part of Hadassah’s National Business Meeting & Symposium held at… Read More

Always Thinking of Others

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Often when people refer to someone as a “legend,” it is assumed that the person is larger-than-life, unapproachable or perhaps even arrogant. Rabbi Hirsch Diskind was none of these. Rabbi Diskind, the dean emeritus at Bais Yaakov School for Girls and a cornerstone figure in Jewish Baltimore, was personable, warm, compassionate and straightforward. And it… Read More

Frosh Start

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Early last week, state Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County) threw his hat into the ring of candidates bidding to become Maryland’s attorney general in 2014. And, if elected, Frosh said it’s a position in which he hopes to remain for the foreseeable future. “I’m not seeking the office of the attorney general as a springboard… Read More

Bringing Music To The Needy

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Anyone who drives through downtown Baltimore has probably passed by the Perkins Homes. The six square blocks, which border Fells Point and Little Italy, are home to Baltimore’s largest public housing project. While most people likely keep their eyes on the road or play with smartphones as cabs drive them through, Baltimore native Kenny Liner,… Read More

A Birthday to Remember

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Lori Baylin are co-directors of the Maryland branch of 
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Every child deserves a special birthday. That’s the idea behind a new Maryland nonprofit started by Lori Baylin of Reisterstown and Kim Steller of Owings Mills. The two, who attended McDonogh School and the University of Wisconsin together, were reacquainted when their daughters, now 7, were classmates at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Early Childhood… Read More