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You Should Know … Daniel Gomberg

Cobbling shoes was not the first career choice Daniel Gomberg had in mind growing up, but it is a trade he has mastered in a relatively short period of time. Since opening Charm City Shoe Repair inside Majestic Cleaners in Roland Park this past May, Gomberg, 25, has earned the moniker “shoe doctor” from his… Read More

For Jeremy Fierstien, it is the diversity in Baltimore’s Jewish community that he finds most appealing. (Provided)

New Director, New Direction at UMBC Hillel

Jeremy Fierstien, 33, originally pursued rabbinical school for selfish reasons — he wanted to affirm his own Judaism. But about halfway through his tenure at Hebrew College in Massachusetts, he decided he could use the rabbinate as a vehicle to make sure more Jews grew up with positive Jewish experiences that Fierstien felt were lacking… Read More

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A Jewish Place

I’ve never been to Vermont, but after reading correspondent Liz Spikol’s tale of Jewish life in the Green Mountain State, I’ve added a trip there to my bucket list. Liz, who spent almost a week in the state, begins her story with a quote from Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont, a… Read More

President of the Howard County Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Susan Grossman, testifies at the board of education meeting. (Marc Shapiro)

Interfaith Lecture Aims to Bridge Divide

In a time of sweeping anti-Semitism and Islamophobia rocking minority communities across the country, the push for religious understanding and partnership is on a lot of people’s minds. For the second straight year, Beth Shalom Congregation and the Howard County Muslim Council have offered a class to help shed light on those topics. The class,… Read More

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Addressing the Epidemic of Human Trafficking

As an orthopedic surgeon with nearly 40 years of experience, Dr. Robert Keehn is still eager to learn how he can enhance the type of services he offers. Keehn, who runs his own private practice with offices in Owings Mills, Lutherville and Pikesville, said he is always looking for innovative ways to treat patients suffering… Read More

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Protecting Israel’s Coastline

When Israel comes to mind, it typically evokes thoughts of the country’s rich history or the ongoing conflict in the region today. Few may think in terms of its natural resources, namely its coastline and access to the Mediterranean. But those resources were front and center on Nov. 17 when EcoOcean partnered with the National… Read More

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Parve Nutella and Other Must-Try New Kosher Foods

At Kosherfest, the world’s largest kosher trade show, Yiddish and Hebrew is heard alongside English. Some 6,000 kosher-food insiders packed the massive hall, chatting, networking and tasting samples. The crowd skews male and Orthodox — in fact, it may be one of the only events where the men’s bathroom has a longer line than the women’s one…. Read More

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Jews Onscreen! A Jewish-themed 2016 film wrap-up

With award season rapidly approaching, it’s time to take a step back to reflect on the impressive litany of films that came out in 2016 revolving around explicitly Jewish themes or that were otherwise directly related to the Tribe. A Tale of Love and Darkness Released in the United States this past summer after it… Read More

POLL OF THE WEEK

In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she’s leaving Baltimore in better shape than it was in 2010. Do you agree?