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by KATE COLEMAN | October 20, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com It's back. The Jewish Food Festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown. A lady showed up last Sunday - a week early. She had read a poster wrong, but she's among many who have been waiting for the festival's return. "People missed it," said Carole Lafferman Fitzwater, event chairwoman. It was something that was important to the congregation and the community, she added.
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by MARLO BARNHART | November 21, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com Dolores Weibel didn't let being an active Episcopalian deter her from answering a newspaper advertisement nearly 15 years ago for a job at Congregation B'nai Abraham, Hagerstown's Jewish synagogue. "They were looking for a caretaker," Weibel said. "I came and applied, but that's not the job I got. " A few weeks later, another ad appeared, this time seeking a secretary. After interviews with Syd Machat and then-Rabbi Charles Rabinowitz, Weibel got the job. The question of her religious background never came up, she said.
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By DAN DEARTH | April 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department is treating a swastika that was drawn on the exterior of a door at the Congregation B'Nai Abraham synagogue on East Baltimore Street as a hate crime. The swastika, which measures about 8 inches by 8 inches, was drawn in crayon on one of the synagogue's front doors earlier this month, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said. It was reported April 9 to police. He said the police department was investigating whether the graffiti was a prank or something more sinister.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | July 28, 2004
After calling him a "thief," a Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a man to serve one year in jail for illegally cashing checks taken from a Hagerstown synagogue. Lewis Andrew Brown, 22, whose last known address was 35 Manor Drive, apartment 1, in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell to serve five years in state prison, but four years of the sentence were suspended. Brown was ordered to serve the remaining year at the Washington County Detention Center.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Eating the food and meeting the people is the best way to experience other religions, according to Doug Lieberman of Williamsport. Lieberman is president of the Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown, which opened its doors to the public Sunday during its 20th Jewish Food Festival. The last festival was held three years ago. Volunteers said they were expecting at least 250 people to attend the event, which offers at least 15 dishes and a variety of desserts and baked goods, said Sybil Schiffman, who is on the committee that organized the festival.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 9, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com After a successful return last year, Congregation B'nai Abraham's Jewish Food Festival will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, in the synagogue's social hall on East Baltimore Street. The festival returned last year, after a five-year break, and ran out of food quicker than usual, said Lieba Cohen, one of about 50 congregation members cooking for the festival. More than 300 people attended last year. So this year, more food is being made, said Carole Lafferman Fitzwater, festival chairwoman.
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April 2, 2007
The Congregation B'nai Abraham's 5K walk was canceled Sunday due to inclement weather. The walk has been rescheduled for April 22, according to a sign posted at the synagogue. The walk was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at 53 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown, and continue to and around Hagerstown City Park and back to the synagogue. All money raised through registration fees will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.
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September 21, 1999
What does the "B'nai" on synagogue signs stand for? It means "children of," according to Rabbi Janice Garfunkel of B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown. It is a transliteration of Hebrew, which has a different alphabet, and is pronounced, "Ben-AY. " The phrase "B'nai Brith" means "children of the covenant," she said.
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March 28, 2007
Congregation B'nai Abraham will sponsor a 5K walk Sunday. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 1 p.m. at the synagogue at 53 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown. The walk will go to and around Hagerstown City Park and back to the synagogue. There is no pledging, just a registration fee. All money will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. In addition to congregants, friends, family and dogs are welcome. Participants from the Boys & Girls Club are expected.
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by MARLO BARNHART | November 24, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Last week, Jeanne Jacobs was honored inside her beloved synagogue for the work she does outside the synagogue. "They are giving me the Boneh Award, which means 'builder of the synagogue,'" Jacobs said. The first such honor was bestowed last year on Ben Chlebnikow, who like Jacobs is a tireless volunteer at Congregation B'nai Abraham. Jacobs, 78, said the award recognizes her efforts to help the synagogue grow and develop. She said that means growing within the community it calls home, namely Hagerstown.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2013
Rabbi Harold White started off his speech to about 60 people at Congregation B'nai Abraham's synagogue on Sunday by taking a poll. Among his questions were how many people were natives of Hagerstown (about two), how many lived outside Hagerstown and traveled to the city to attend synagogue (about a dozen), and how many people were part of an interfaith marriage (about 10). White said he wasn't surprised by most of the answers, nor should attendees have been surprised about being asked questions after congregation member Rachel Nichols said White was known for his curiosity.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 5, 2013
More than half a century ago, Howard and Esther Kaidanow met on a blind date in Philadelphia, both having traveled long and dangerous roads to survive the Nazi depredations of World War II in Eastern Europe. On Friday night, Howard, 83, and Esther, 77, recounted the horrors of their childhoods at the Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration at Congregation B'nai Abraham, which was attended by about 300 people. “I was 13 years old when my parents were killed” on the same day, Howard Kaidanow recalled before the service.
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April 28, 2010
The social hall of B'nai Abraham Synagogue in Hagerstown was packed on a recent Sunday morning for the final and biggest brunch turnout of the year, organized by the congregation's Lifelong Jewish Learning Committee. In attendance were Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington; Mary Baykan, Washington County Free Library director; and guest speaker Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland state archivist and commissioner of land patents. Gerald Falke of Congregation B'nai Abraham accepted the State of Maryland Thomas Kennedy plaque, which normally graces the walls of the Western Maryland Room at the library.
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By DAN DEARTH | April 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department is treating a swastika that was drawn on the exterior of a door at the Congregation B'Nai Abraham synagogue on East Baltimore Street as a hate crime. The swastika, which measures about 8 inches by 8 inches, was drawn in crayon on one of the synagogue's front doors earlier this month, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said. It was reported April 9 to police. He said the police department was investigating whether the graffiti was a prank or something more sinister.
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December 28, 2008
In his own words, Don Currier's life Editor's note: Donald Currier, for many years a columnist for The Herald-Mail, passed away recently. Currier was fastidious about his work, asking that the titles he submitted be used as headlines. In that same spirit, he wrote his own obituary, which his family asked that The Herald-Mail publish. Because of his many years of service, we are granting that request. Donald R. Currier, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret), died on Dec. 17. He was 87. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen, three children, David, Nancy, and Susan, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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December 11, 2008
Potters Bowl, fundraiser for the Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown Tickets cost $50 per person. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 6. For tickets, stop by Congregation B'nai Abraham's synagogue at 53 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown. The synagogue usually opens by 8:30 a.m. In the past, the event has sold out in two days. For more information, call the synagogue at 301-733-5039 or call Carol Mendelsohn at 301-797-1585.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Eating the food and meeting the people is the best way to experience other religions, according to Doug Lieberman of Williamsport. Lieberman is president of the Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown, which opened its doors to the public Sunday during its 20th Jewish Food Festival. The last festival was held three years ago. Volunteers said they were expecting at least 250 people to attend the event, which offers at least 15 dishes and a variety of desserts and baked goods, said Sybil Schiffman, who is on the committee that organized the festival.
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October 5, 2008
Congregation B'nai Abraham will host its Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, Nov. 16. The first food festival was held more than 20 years ago and still remains a popular event not only for the congregants of B'nai Abraham but for the Hagerstown community. Food such as brisket, stuffed cabbage, blintzes, chopped liver, kugel, matzah ball soup and many other Jewish delicacies will be offered ala carte to eat in or carry out. In addition there will be a "bakery" with homemade baked good and breads.
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April 2, 2007
The Congregation B'nai Abraham's 5K walk was canceled Sunday due to inclement weather. The walk has been rescheduled for April 22, according to a sign posted at the synagogue. The walk was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at 53 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown, and continue to and around Hagerstown City Park and back to the synagogue. All money raised through registration fees will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.
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March 28, 2007
Congregation B'nai Abraham will sponsor a 5K walk Sunday. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 1 p.m. at the synagogue at 53 E. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown. The walk will go to and around Hagerstown City Park and back to the synagogue. There is no pledging, just a registration fee. All money will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. In addition to congregants, friends, family and dogs are welcome. Participants from the Boys & Girls Club are expected.
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