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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 4, 2001
Two of the most important gifts Judaism has to offer the world - its music and its adherence to the commandments known as "mitzvahs" - will be on display at 7 Saturday evening when Howard County's Jewish congregations join to sponsor "Oy Vey! A Children's Klezmer Concert" at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. The "mitzvah" dimension to this evening of Jewish singing, dancing, storytelling and humor geared to youngsters and their parents is that proceeds will be used to sponsor the building of a home for a local low-income family.
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
On a date marked on many calendars as a holiday celebration with family and friends, members of the Jewish Federation of Howard County followed suit - sort of - on Dec. 25 by making the day a festival of community service. Some 250 people took part in Mitzvah Day activities organized by the federation, a Columbia-based group that works to support and serve the county's Jewish community. On Wednesday, youngsters and adults visited Lorien Columbia and Harmony Hall nursing centers to spend time with residents and sing holiday songs.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1997
About 1,000 Jews from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation celebrated the final day of Passover yesterday by participating in Yom Mitzvah, a day of good deeds.Clearly, the day was one of action -- not talk -- as men, women and children joined in 26 service projects on and off the grounds of the Park Heights complex.Several hundred set out to perform deeds such as planting crops in Butler and trees in Randallstown, and serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House, a city hospice for families of gravely ill children undergoing treatment in area hospitals.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
Four-year-old Kate Grossman held out the white paper bag, one of the 500 she and her two siblings were handing out to the needy at Our Daily Bread's downtown employment center on Christmas Day. But the woman approaching smiled and shook her head. "I just want a hug," she said. Without hesitation, all three Grossmans rushed forward for a group embrace that brought the woman to tears. The Grossmans were among the 600 or so who took part in the ninth annual Mitzvah Day, preparing gifts at the Jewish Community Center in Pikesville and taking them to charities around the city.
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August 27, 2010
Mazel tov to the University of Baltimore community and Peter Angelos for this grand mitzvah (Law center groundbreaking," Aug. 27). Gene Roman, Riverdale, NY
FEATURES
By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | September 11, 1990
GIGI (REGINA) Bormel, a Romanian who came to the United States in 1953, organizes transportation for hundreds of Jewish Family Services clients and sees that they get to medical appointments and other errands on time.She is a volunteer coordinator of Mitzvah Mobility, a volunteer transportation program, and she spends some part of every day in the JFS offices at 5750 Park Heights Ave.Bormel received this year's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award from JFS and says in her soft Romanian accent, ''I feel good giving, but a person should not necessarily expect something in return.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer | February 22, 2010
An in-depth profile of underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab by National Public Radio suggests that he was a rebellious teenager offended by his parents' bourgeois lifestyle and preoccupied with thoughts of sex. Any of us who grew up in the 1960s can understand where this kid is coming from. We thought of ourselves as free spirits caged by our parents' narrow, middle-class values and, like young Umar Farouk, their excesses truly offended us. Like Umar Farouk, we thought constantly about sex -- although this determinedly chaste young man could not wait to marry, while we happily embraced the sin of love-the-one-you're-with.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | December 19, 2007
A former bar mitzvah lessons teacher in Baltimore's Orthodox Jewish community has been charged with sex offenses against two boys that are alleged to have occurred more than a decade ago, according to the city state's attorney's office. The boys were learning to chant passages from the Torah at Israel Shapiro's home on Olympia Avenue on separate occasions in September 1988 and June 1994 when the offenses are said to have occurred, according to court documents. Shapiro was charged Dec. 4 with felony child abuse, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense in both cases.
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By Dan Rodricks | September 23, 1996
Those who have never been to Attman's Deli on Lombard Street -- what can we say to these people? You've been deprived. You've missed not only one of Baltimore's great pleasures but one of Baltimore's great scenes, especially at lunch hour. Rich atmosphere, campy signage, smells that compound cravings, loud and friendly sandwich makers, a mob of customers, all of them mad for good deli, all of them calling out answers to the question, "Who's next?" as they wait in line along the glass counter.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2010
Some 300 volunteers converged Friday morning on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Center in Park Heights, where a couple of rooms thumped like a disco and looked like a strange combination of package assembly line, craft workshop and youth basketball practice. The noise and frenetic activity has become a seasonal custom for the Jewish Volunteer Connection, as it commands troops of people at the city center, another in Owings Mills and other locations around the area.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
Carrying on what's become a Baltimore tradition, hundreds of area Jews spent Tuesday up to their elbows in craft paper and care packages, working on community service projects for Mitzvah Day, now in its eighth year. At the hub of the action, the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, about 300 people of all ages, those who don't celebrate Christmas, used their day off trying to help others, while about 300 more worked from 16 other locations across the city for Jewish Volunteer Connection's annual event.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2011
Many teens associate a 16th birthday with wheels and the first chance to drive, but for Alexander E. Hill, that milestone means tools and the chance to build a home for a needy family. When Alexander turns 16 in two years, he will be eligible to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, an international nonprofit organization that makes homeownership possible for low-income families. In the meantime, the 14-year-old Owings Mills teen who plays baseball and the harp and excels in academia, woodworking and karate can add fundraising to his accomplishments.
NEWS
August 27, 2010
Mazel tov to the University of Baltimore community and Peter Angelos for this grand mitzvah (Law center groundbreaking," Aug. 27). Gene Roman, Riverdale, NY
NEWS
By Susan Reimer | February 22, 2010
An in-depth profile of underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab by National Public Radio suggests that he was a rebellious teenager offended by his parents' bourgeois lifestyle and preoccupied with thoughts of sex. Any of us who grew up in the 1960s can understand where this kid is coming from. We thought of ourselves as free spirits caged by our parents' narrow, middle-class values and, like young Umar Farouk, their excesses truly offended us. Like Umar Farouk, we thought constantly about sex -- although this determinedly chaste young man could not wait to marry, while we happily embraced the sin of love-the-one-you're-with.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | December 19, 2007
A former bar mitzvah lessons teacher in Baltimore's Orthodox Jewish community has been charged with sex offenses against two boys that are alleged to have occurred more than a decade ago, according to the city state's attorney's office. The boys were learning to chant passages from the Torah at Israel Shapiro's home on Olympia Avenue on separate occasions in September 1988 and June 1994 when the offenses are said to have occurred, according to court documents. Shapiro was charged Dec. 4 with felony child abuse, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense in both cases.
NEWS
By Stephen G. Henderson and Stephen G. Henderson,Special to the Sun | May 22, 2005
It's a typically clamorous construction site, yet the battered sign hanging on a half-finished wall hints that something atypical is being built. Printed in large letters are words from Psalm 100: "Enter into his gates with Thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise." Another clue is that stonemasons are assembling limestone slabs quarried from Israel's Mount Hebron into a replica of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall. Racing toward completion in Annapolis is the Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy, named for Levy (1792-1862)
FEATURES
By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | October 9, 1991
GRANDPARENTS squabble over the lighting of ceremonial candles. A father expounds on the virtues of his young son while the boy eagerly counts the checks in the gift envelopes. A waiter carries in a tray of lobsters for the hungry guests but a grandfather hastily takes them back to the kitchen. "They are not kosher," he declares.These are among the amusing incidents that form "Bernie's Bar Mitzvah," a new audience participation piece premiering tonight and playing through Dec. 15 at the Fell's Point Cabaret Theatre.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2005
Super Bowl XXXIX isn't all about football. Reebok International, for one, will wine and dine its clients and celebrity endorsers - from rapper Jay-Z to Ravens star Ray Lewis - in a pimped-out suite in Jacksonville, Fla., that boasts mini-lounges, a 21-foot mahogany bar, an Xbox video-game station, flat-screen televisions and pool table. The company behind the hangout is Fandango Special Events, a small Baltimore event-planning firm that got its start arranging bar mitzvahs but has since gained fans among big corporations for its funky decor and off-the-wall ideas.
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