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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | October 14, 2001
Benjamin Rosenbloom, 96, who used his success as a venture capitalist to aid Jewish organizations throughout the world, died of pneumonia in his sleep early Friday at Northwest Hospital. In recent years, he had lived at the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. The beneficiaries of Mr. Rosenbloom's philanthropy include to the Hillel Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
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By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Like many rabbis, David Greenspoon spends a lot of time performing services away from houses of worship - officiating weddings, presiding over bar and bat mitzvahs, visiting the sick. And he recently started noticing something odd: More and more people in these settings were telling him they belonged to no congregation at all. "If I ever joined a synagogue, it would have to have this, that, or the other," he said they'd confide. Greenspoon had run into a notable trend. Among the non-Orthodox, a solid majority of American Jews are unaffiliated with a synagogue today - an impediment for those who, like many, at least want to attend services during the High Holy Days, 10 days of sacred importance that begin Wednesday evening.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2002
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that begins tonight at sundown, is a celebration of freedom filled with the joy of family gatherings and gift giving. But that joy is dampened this year as thoughts turn to the violence and unrest that have engulfed Israel. So the Jewish community in Baltimore is reaching out to fellow Jews touched by the uprising -- Israeli soldiers and victims of violent attacks -- by sending them gifts of music and messages of solidarity. Inviting people to "put a new spin on Chanukah," local Jewish organizations are holding a CD drive, soliciting donations of new or used compact discs and encouraging donors to write a message on a specially designed paper sleeve.
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By Dan Singer | March 11, 2014
More than 1,000 people gathered at Reservoir High School on March 9 for food, games and fun during the Jewish Federation of Howard County's 22nd annual Purim Palooza carnival. Each year, the carnival brings together Jewish families of all denominations to celebrate Purim, a holiday commemorating a foiled plot to destroy all of the Jews in the ancient Persian Empire. Meghann Schwartz, senior associate for campaigns and community engagement for the Jewish Federation of Howard County, said the federation organized the first Purim Palooza more than two decades ago to give all of the area's synagogues and Jewish organizations a place to celebrate Purim together.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2011
Baltimore's Jewish population continues to grow, but younger, non-Orthodox Jews are less likely than others to be actively engaged in Jewish organizations, a recent study of the Jewish community has found. The study, commissioned by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, is described as "a snapshot of Jewish Baltimore," one the organization attempts to capture about every decade. Among the findings: •The Jewish population in the Baltimore area has grown 2 percent, to 93,400, since 1999, when the last survey was conducted.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 5, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The FBI has advised Jewish organizations to be on "heightened alert" because of a threat to kill 1,200 Jewish executives and doctors in the United States unless Israel withdraws its military forces from Lebanon and pays $12 billion in compensation by today.The FBI said in a statement Friday that it learned of the threat through "information received by a private party which turned it over to the FBI." The agency did not identify the party and did not say if the person or organization issuing the threat, which was delivered in a letter, had identified itself.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 30, 1991
JERUSALEM -- The missiles that have hit Israel were more devastating than she expected, but Shoshana Cardin said she and other American Jewish leaders ended a visit here heartened by the resilience of Israelis.The three-day tour by 51 officers of Jewish organizations was "a very moving visit," she said as the group prepared to return to the United States yesterday."It was very important for us to come, to express our solidarity and to see for ourselves exactly what the trauma and the situation was."
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By Norman Birnbaum | July 18, 1999
A MAJORITY OF American Jews do not belong to the groups represented by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; they aren't even found in minor Jewish organizations. Yet this strident minority, uncannily like the Christian Coalition in its self-righteousness, claims to speak for all the rest of us.A set of Jewish organizations has obliged Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, a Missouri Democrat, to drop Salam al-Marayati, the respected director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, from his list of nominees to a newly created national counterterrorism commission.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau | March 7, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State James A. Baker III tried to dampen a mounting crisis in relations with American Jews yesterday and intensified efforts to strike a deal with Capitol Hill on loan guarantees for Israel.Mr. Baker met with two top officials of a major Jewish leadership organization to assure them that the United States was not abandoning Israel, and to voice concern about rising anti-Semitism and anti-ethnic sentiment in this country.Meanwhile, Baker spokeswoman Margaret D. Tutwiler denounced as "false," "outrageous" and "garbage" a column in the New York Post by former Mayor Edward I. Koch accusing Mr. Baker of having said of Jewish supporters of Israel, "F - - - 'em. They didn't vote for us."
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | July 6, 1995
A longtime B'nai B'rith official has been appointed executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, which serves as an umbrella group for Jewish organizations in the county.Neil C. Rosen, who was selected from several candidates, started work July 1. He will work part time for the federation. His predecessor, Steve Shaw, was full time. The federation's president, Jacques Fein, said the change was a cost-cutting measure.For the last five years, Mr. Rosen was national director of field services for B'nai B'rith in Washington.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
The likely new owner reassured staffers of the Baltimore Jewish Times on Monday that nothing will change in the 93-year-old weekly's commitment to reporting on the local community. Louis Mayberg met with employees around lunchtime at the Park Avenue office of Alter Communications Inc., which publishes the Jewish Times and Style Magazine, answering questions about possible changes and explaining his business background. Mayberg's Rockville-based company, an affiliate of Washington Jewish Week, won the three-way bidding at a bankruptcy auction Monday morning with an offer of $1.26 million.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2011
Baltimore's Jewish population continues to grow, but younger, non-Orthodox Jews are less likely than others to be actively engaged in Jewish organizations, a recent study of the Jewish community has found. The study, commissioned by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, is described as "a snapshot of Jewish Baltimore," one the organization attempts to capture about every decade. Among the findings: •The Jewish population in the Baltimore area has grown 2 percent, to 93,400, since 1999, when the last survey was conducted.
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By Liz F. Kay and Gadi Dechter and Liz F. Kay and Gadi Dechter,Sun reporters | June 5, 2007
Baltimore Hebrew University announced yesterday its president will step down after a major donor decided to cut nearly in half its financial support over the next five years. Rela Mintz Geffen, a sociologist, had led the predominantly graduate institution for seven years. Geffen's planned departure comes just weeks after The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore stated it will cut its annual contribution to the university from $1.1 million to $600,000 over the next five years.
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By Jonathan Tilove and Jonathan Tilove,Special to The Sun | November 19, 2006
OK, so George Allen won't be returning to the U.S. Senate in January, and chances are he'll never occupy the White House. But, at the end of what had to be one of the worst weeks of his life, the Jewish newspaper the Forward named Allen the 51st member of its annual Forward 50 list of the most influential American Jews. It was the Forward that earlier this year revealed the Virginia Republican's Jewish roots, and Allen's flustered response may have contributed to his narrow defeat and the Democratic takeover of the Senate.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2004
An advance screening of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ drew scathing reviews yesterday from an interfaith group of 600 Baltimore-area Christians and Jews, who called the film gratuitously violent, historically inaccurate and just plain bad. The criticism transcended faith as rabbis and priests alike trashed most aspects of the movie, from its inclusion of scenes not found in the Bible to its portrayal of the Jewish High Priest Caiaphas and the...
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 2003
Vocolot is a women's a cappella ensemble specializing in Jewish music. Directed by Linda Hirschhorn, a songwriter and Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro, Calif., the ensemble draws from a variety of musical styles including liturgical, folk, jazz and a host of international influences ranging from the Arab world to South America. The group's name, by the way, is a play on the English word "vocal" and the Hebrew word kolot, which means song. "They're like a Jewish [version of]
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By Jonathan Tilove and Jonathan Tilove,Special to The Sun | November 19, 2006
OK, so George Allen won't be returning to the U.S. Senate in January, and chances are he'll never occupy the White House. But, at the end of what had to be one of the worst weeks of his life, the Jewish newspaper the Forward named Allen the 51st member of its annual Forward 50 list of the most influential American Jews. It was the Forward that earlier this year revealed the Virginia Republican's Jewish roots, and Allen's flustered response may have contributed to his narrow defeat and the Democratic takeover of the Senate.
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By Mona Charen PPTC | June 25, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Speaking to a conference on Judaism and conservatism a couple of years ago, I began my remarks by noting that Jews are the most religious people in America -- unfortunately, their religion is liberalism.I was joking. But Elliott Abrams' eye-opening new book, ''Faith or Fear,'' proves, to my astonishment, that it is quite literally true. The overwhelming majority of the dwindling American Jewish population has all but abandoned traditional Jewish religious observance -- the dietary laws, keeping the Sabbath and attending synagogue.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2003
More than 500 Jewish leaders from around the country meeting in Baltimore yesterday heard dire warnings of a drastic rise in anti-Semitism, increasingly expressed in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric by European populist politicians and Arab religious and civic leaders. Irwin Cutler, a human rights lawyer and member of Canada's Parliament, told the members of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs that he sees a convergence between traditional anti-Semitism and an exhortation to genocide that "calls for the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews wherever they may be."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2002
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that begins tonight at sundown, is a celebration of freedom filled with the joy of family gatherings and gift giving. But that joy is dampened this year as thoughts turn to the violence and unrest that have engulfed Israel. So the Jewish community in Baltimore is reaching out to fellow Jews touched by the uprising -- Israeli soldiers and victims of violent attacks -- by sending them gifts of music and messages of solidarity. Inviting people to "put a new spin on Chanukah," local Jewish organizations are holding a CD drive, soliciting donations of new or used compact discs and encouraging donors to write a message on a specially designed paper sleeve.
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