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By Elizabeth Pachoda and Elizabeth Pachoda,special to the sun | March 16, 1997
"The Journey Home," by Joyce Antler. The Free Press. 385 pages. $27.50.A wise woman once said, "History happens to you while you're doing the dishes." But that's only part of the story because after history knocks on the kitchen door, women, anchored in the important routines of the everyday, have been uniquely prepared to step out into the theater of history and make a difference.The line about history and dishes belongs to the writer/activist Grace Paley, who knew why kitchen life might lead a woman to found a settlement house or march against "wars men plan for their sons."
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October 3, 2014
Candidates forum The League of Women Voters will host an evening of debate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis. The debate features the county executive candidates, Democrat George Johnson and Republican Steven Schuh. Event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the National Council of Jewish Women. All are welcome. Information: 410-849-8832 or info@aa.lwvmd.org . Lighthouse tour A tour of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors can learn about how lighthouse keepers lived, other lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay and how many are still around.
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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 L'Oreal Thompson and For The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
Wedding day: Sept. 2, 2012 The bride: Julie Straus-Harris, 32, grew up in Potomac. She is a law clerk in the Baltimore chambers of Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Her late father, Dr. Stephen E. Straus, was the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Her mother, Barbara E. Straus, retired as the assistant to the principal at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff | March 28, 2004
Neither one medium nor one dimension can contain the lives depicted in Weaving Women's Words: Baltimore Stories. The exhibition, which opens today at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, features a vibrant melange of installations, collages and canvases by 11 artists from around the country. Their mixed-media works are inspired by the oral histories of 30 remarkable women whose experiences, memories and accomplishments in an eminent Jewish community span the 20th century. In disparate pieces, the artists, all Jewish women themselves, are united by a profound sense of empathy with their subjects, most of whom they have never met. Tammra Sigler's Neighborhoods Gameboard: Harmonious Cacophony Remembered portrays women in constant motion with energetic paint strokes, tinted images of local landmarks and fine pencil work that leads to sundry vanishing points.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2002
Ruth Levy, who turns 80 today, has a "very fine recollection of Baltimore." She grew up in Reservoir Hill, on a block of Whitelock Street since razed. But her memories can still take you door to door of the "intensely Jewish neighborhood" where she once went on foot, collecting payments for her father Albert Surosky, a kosher butcher. The 900 block of Whitelock Street, chock-full of dairy stores, groceries, cleaners, bakeries, a barbershop and drugstore, was a place "to exchange gossip and to shop," Levy says.
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By Diane Reynolds and Diane Reynolds,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 23, 2001
Freedom for all people was the theme of a women's seder this week at the Oakland Mills Meeting House. Woman-oriented and contemporary, and discussing current scourges as AIDS and pollution likened to the plagues that befell ancient Egypt, the seder's modern tone marked a contrast to the traditional seder service. With the National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section, as host, the seder focused on the struggles and triumphs of women in humankind's fight for freedom, with an emphasis on the often overlooked role of Jewish women in the Passover story.
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June 25, 1993
Jewish group plants treesMembers and supporters of the National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section, gathered at Centennial Park recently to mark the national organization's 100th anniversary by planting 100 trees.The planting was designed to enrich the environment and symbolize the council's dedication to social, educational and charitable activities.Established in 1893, the 100,000-member National Council of Jewish Women is America's oldest, Jewish women's volunteer organization.
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September 26, 1990
The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section, will sponsor a program examining the issue of reproductive freedom 7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia.Sen. Paula Hollinger, D-Baltimore County, a member of the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Health Subcommittee, will be the featured speaker. She will discuss "Maryland and the the Issue of Reproductive Freedom: Looking Ahead."Information: Call Phyllis Nash at 730-0966 or Toby Devens Bernstein at 997-4394.
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May 20, 2001
Columbia Council seeks residents for 4 committees The Columbia Council is seeking residents to serve one- or two-year terms on four council committees: risk management; budget; design and covenant; and communications. One resident will be selected to serve on the Risk Management Committee. The candidate should have experience in general liability insurance. The other three committees will each have three additional members. A letter of interest with a resume should be mailed by June 6 to Ann Blimmel, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Md. 21044 or faxed to 410-740-0887.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Sun reporter | December 26, 2007
A gene mutation strongly identified with Jewish breast cancer patients has also turned up in a small but significant percentage of Hispanic patients, scientists are reporting today. In their study of more than 3,000 women with the disease, scientists also found a surprisingly high prevalence among young black women with breast cancer. The finding has led some oncologists to suggest genetic screening for patients of different ethnic groups, because carriers have a greater chance of recurrence and can pass that risk to their daughters.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic | October 10, 2007
"The horrors of the material are such that I have to go slow or I shall go mad!" wrote artist Judy Chicago soon after beginning the research for the emotionally wrenching series of mixed-media artworks titled Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light, which she embarked on in the mid-1980s. By then, the Chicago native, who was born Judith Sylvia Cohen in 1939, had already won worldwide renown as a pioneering feminist artist and creator of The Dinner Party (1979), a monumental installation honoring great women throughout history that has since become an icon of the women's movement.
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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | March 15, 2007
Religious decree would be required for Orthodox Jewish women After a spirited debate about the separation of church and state yesterday, the Maryland Senate moved a step closer to passing a bill to require that Orthodox Jewish women seeking a divorce also be granted a get, the religious decree that ends the marriage. Some men hold the get over their wives in exchange for custody agreements or visitation schedules. Without it, a woman is not allowed to remarry within the faith. The legislative proposal would require those filing for divorce or not contesting one to file an affidavit stating that they would not mount a religious opposition to remarriage.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,Sun reporter | January 22, 2007
It wasn't their mother's Sunday Hebrew School class, what with the panel discussions on cosmetic surgery and Jewish sex manuals and the yoga in the library. But the room was packed all the same. More than 100 people - 20-somethings, grandmothers and even a few teenagers - came to the Jewish Museum of Maryland yesterday to hear a half-dozen experts talk about everything from prayers said during pregnancy to what the Torah and other sacred texts have to say about intercourse. The event, "Women's Sexuality: Bodies, Beauty and the Ethics of Intimacy," was part of Rashi's Daughters, a Jewish education organization that, until now, has focused on teaching women about sacred texts in small groups during monthly gatherings.
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER | December 12, 2005
When Dameon Robinson approached the charity gift-wrap station on the second level of The Mall in Columbia with two jewelry-sized boxes, the three women behind the table knew just what to ask. "What kind of paper would you like?" "Is the price tag off?" And, most important: "Can we see?" Robinson proudly showed off two gold bracelets he'd bought for out-of-town recipients, and the women oohed approvingly. Then Ruth Zlotowitz of Ellicott City and Sami Klein and Marsha Ansel, both of Columbia, hurried to get the gifts covered in bright paper, shiny ribbons and fluffy bows.
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By KARA WEDEKIND and KARA WEDEKIND,SUN REPORTER | November 3, 2005
Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad is not a Fox television special or the newest spinoff from the Girls Gone Wild video industry. It is a comedy-burlesque-spoken word hybrid that aims to challenge stereotypes of Jewish women through song, dance and parody of Fiddler on the Roof. The show's creator is New York-based singer/comedian Susannah Perlman, whose transition from member of the cheery group Up with People to the producer of this show's Hasidic striptease gives the show's title a little added significance.
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July 4, 1993
Name: Phyllis Nash of Clary's Forest in Columbia.Hobbies and other activities: Mrs. Nash likes to read, exercise and travel in her spare time. She and her husband, Bernie, own the New Zevon Inn in Lewes, Del. She is the past president of the National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section. Mrs. Nash is the representative from the Howard County Jewish Federation to the Baltimore Jewish Council. She is also the state public affairs chairwoman for the National Council of Jewish Women.
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By Fay Lande | May 1, 2003
Caryn Andrews will give a presentation about breast health awareness next week to about 150 senior girls at River Hill High School. The program also is aimed at reaching their mothers. "If one of them takes it home and gives her mother a shower card [with instructions for breast self-examination] and one lump is found and that lump is cancer, it will be worth it," said Andrews, a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. "It will be worth it if that lump is found five years from now."
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | September 23, 2005
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin heaved a rattan chair into the concrete trash pit. Robin Yasinow tossed a stack of papers from a project that didn't go well, and said good riddance to a stuffed bear given to her by an old flame. Claire Landers unloaded scrap wood from building a deck this summer and weeds and dead leaves from her garden. Then, she shouted, "Happy New Year, everyone!" For the small group of women, the Baltimore County landfill in Cockeysville became nothing less than a holy site yesterday.
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