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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | September 23, 1995
COCHIN, India -- On this island of ancient Indian culture, with its red-tiled roofs and winding alleyways, the question seemed XTC out of place:"Will you join us for Sabbath prayers?" Mr. Ashkenazi asked.And so, instantly, a visitor becomes linked to the dwindling Jewish heritage of Cochin, India's beguiling and mysterious trade center, where the world's cultures have mingled and merged and existed peacefully for two millennia.There on the road stood six men, at the foot of the steps of the synagogue built in 1568, when Portugal ruled this part of the Indian subcontinent.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
According to Jewish tradition, those who atone over the High Holidays for the sins of the past year will be granted peace, prosperity and life. As thousands of area Jews prepare to begin the solemn season Wednesday night amid high tensions in the Middle East, local rabbis say they've been praying that God might bestow similar good fortune on Israel. The topic of the Jewish homeland has long been an integral part of the religious observations for Rosh Hashana, which starts at sundown Wednesday, to Yom Kippur on Sept.
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By Aron U. Raskas | June 15, 1997
ON JUNE 4, (the 28th day of the Jewish month of Iyar), Jews in Baltimore and across the world celebrated Yom Yerushalayim -- Jerusalem Day. This occasion underscored the centrality of Jerusalem in the life of a Jew, and marked a day of thanksgiving for the Israeli reunification and restoration of Jerusalem after the 1967 Six-Day War.The Jewish legacy of Jerusalem is firmly established, and is particularly significant as Palestinians and others seek to...
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2012
After mounting menorahs atop minivans and gathering in Park Heights, members of Baltimore's Jewish community paraded in a caravan south to the Inner Harbor, where they ate latkes and jelly doughnuts, danced and listened to traditional music before lighting the city's 30-foot-tall menorah in McKeldin Park. Under a misty rain Sunday evening, another Hanukkah season was marked downtown, with celebrants of the festival of lights proudly announcing their faith on Light Street. "Hanukkah has a special message, not only for people of the Jewish community but also for the larger community," said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, director of Chabad Lubavitch in Maryland, which helped organize the event.
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February 13, 2003
The Officers, Board of Trustees and Professional Staff of Beth El Congregation, express a deep sense of loss on the passing of our member PAUL SNYDER. His affiliation with our synagogue was a meaningful expression of his love of the Jewish tradition and his concern for the perpetuation of its spiritual values. We extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
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February 13, 2003
The Officers, Board of Trustees and Professional Staff of Beth El Congregation, express a deep sense of loss on the passing of our member ESTHERGOLDBERG. Her affiliation with our synagogue was a meaningful expression of her love of the Jewish tradition and her concern for the perpetuation of its spiritual values. We extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
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February 23, 2003
The Officers, Board of Trustees and Professional Staff of Beth El Congregation, express a deep sense of loss on the passing of our Member DOROTHY MARKS. Her affiliation with our synagogue was a meaningful expression of her love of the Jewish tradition and her concern for the perpetuation of its spiritual values. We extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
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By Diane Reynolds and Diane Reynolds,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 14, 2000
When Rabbi Barry Rubin leads the Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation's Columbia community Seder next week, Passover matzo will be eaten as the words of Jesus are read. At Emmanuel, the deliverance from sin brought by Jesus is woven into the Seder, the traditional Jewish Passover dinner commemorating the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage to Egypt. Passover begins Wednesday at sundown and ends April 27. Thus, the drinking of the third cup of Seder wine -- the cup of redemption -- will be used to remind worshipers that this cup also symbolizes the blood shed by Jesus when he was executed.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1999
With approximately half the country's Jews marrying gentiles, the survival of American Judaism has become an open question.To encourage Jews to marry within the faith, several local Jewish organizations are sponsoring tomorrow's "The Love, Dating & Ultimately Marriage Seminar," a seminar that applies the wisdom of the Torah to the world of romance. It begins at 5 p.m. at the Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave., in Pikesville."In Judaism, the continuity of the Jewish people is in the forefront of everyone's mind," said Rabbi Shlomo Porter, director of Etz Chaim, The Center for Jewish Living and Learning in Upper Park Heights, one of the program's sponsors.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 25, 1992
On the first night of Hanukkah last Saturday, Michael and Shelley Eizelman gave their daughter Emily a cassette tape called "Schlock Rock." On the second night, the 9-year-old got a nightgown, robe and slippers.But when the adult members of the Eizelman family got together for potato latkes on Sunday night, they exchanged no gifts.Instead, Michael and Shelley Eizelman of West Bloomfield, Mich., donated the $250 they once might have used to buy Hanukkah gifts to a Detroit-based parenting and educational group called the REACH Project (Realizing Education Achievement and Community Health)
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By Nina Beth Cardin | September 18, 2011
During a break in the action, my son's friend came into the kitchen, glass in hand, seeking some water to drink. He looked at the refrigerator door - but saw no dispenser there. He turned toward a corner where a water cooler might be, but saw no dispenser there. A bit confused, he scanned the room, glass still in hand, looking for something, anything, that resembled a spigot from which drinking water might flow. Finally, defeated, he asked me where, please, he might find some water.
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By New York Times News Service | July 6, 2008
JERUSALEM - A 3-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars say they believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a Messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, because it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | December 4, 2007
There's no uncertainty in the Lindenbaums' living room about what holiday they are celebrating this year. The husband and wife once made merry in winter with a Christmas tree for Amanda, who was raised Catholic, and a Hanukkah menorah for Heath, who grew up Jewish. But now menorah stickers cling to the windows of their Pikesville home, which is strung indoors and out with blue and white lights in preparation for the holiday beginning tonight. Amanda and her husband decided last year to maintain a Jewish home for their two children, though they will still visit her parents for breakfast on Dec. 25. "We have a festive home, but it's not a Christmas tree home," she said.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2004
When Mark Neumann was growing up in the 1970s, he spent hours sitting in the den of his great-grandfather's Park Heights Avenue apartment, drinking in stories about the family's history. Using hand-drawn genealogy charts, the old man explained how his father, Henry Sonneborn Sr., came from Germany in the mid-1800s, worked as a peddler and built the well-known Baltimore clothier, Henry Sonneborn & Co. Missing from this classic immigrant success story, though, was any sense of religious heritage.
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By Rabbi Robert A. Nosanchuk | June 14, 2004
Steven Oken was sentenced to death 13 years ago for the rape and murder of Dawn Marie Garvin of White Marsh, and the Maryland Court of Appeals refused Wednesday to delay his execution by lethal injection. If Mr. Oken is put to death, it will be the first execution in Maryland in six years. Mr. Oken is seeking clemency from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. WHEN THE STATE enters a case for the death penalty, the state is not a nameless, faceless entity. We are the state. You and I, our families, the governor and lieutenant governor and their families, everyone is involved.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2003
When Yury Ronzhes arrived in the United States from his home in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, he was proud of his Jewish heritage, but he knew nothing about the history, traditions or customs of his own religion. Since meeting Rabbi Velvel Belinsky - a Russian-speaking spiritual leader who specializes in helping Russian Jews learn more about Judaism - Ronzhes has taken Jewish-related classes and is happy to be attending Yom Kippur services with his wife and mother-in-law. Millions of Jews around the world will usher in Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - with Kol Nidre services at sundown today, starting 25 hours of fasting, prayer and repentance.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2002
Devora Pontell doesn't mind if you ask about the items that dangle from chains around her neck. She wants you to know that someone is sitting next to you who felt the Sept. 11 attacks to her very core, that it shook her in ways she never could have fathomed. She wants to make it more real to you. She doesn't want you to forget. She won't. On Sept. 10, the newlywed Pontells - Devora and Darin, her husband of less than six months - spent much of the day together. An intelligence officer in the Navy, Darin H. Pontell was working overnight shifts at the Pentagon.
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November 9, 1996
BALTIMORE has lost one of its most creative journalists and the Jewish community one of its most influential figures with the passing of Charles A. Buerger, publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and half a dozen other English-language Jewish publications.RTC In 1994, as the Jewish Times celebrated its 75th birthday, we described it in these columns as "at once irreverent and deeply committed to the nurturing of the Jewish tradition." The same words apply to Chuck Buerger himself, who took over a dull, community bulletin-board weekly and made it into what is widely regarded as the best newspaper of its kind in the country.
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February 23, 2003
The Officers, Board of Trustees and Professional Staff of Beth El Congregation, express a deep sense of loss on the passing of our Member DOROTHY MARKS. Her affiliation with our synagogue was a meaningful expression of her love of the Jewish tradition and her concern for the perpetuation of its spiritual values. We extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
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February 13, 2003
The Officers, Board of Trustees and Professional Staff of Beth El Congregation, express a deep sense of loss on the passing of our member PAUL SNYDER. His affiliation with our synagogue was a meaningful expression of his love of the Jewish tradition and his concern for the perpetuation of its spiritual values. We extend our sincerest condolences to the entire family.
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