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Five Good Reasons why You may Need to Spend HOURS in Urgent Care

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The last time I asked for a show of hands of who wanted to spend one single second more than is absolutely necessary in emergency or urgent care, despite my dramatic attempt at trying to up-sell the charm of the place and the INTERESTING PEOPLE (ahem) WHO WORK THERE, the results were as you would expect. Zero hands raised. We all have busy lives with carefully measured out schedules, and so when the need for unexpected urgent medical care presents itself we hope for the best to solve the problem as fast as possible. Healthcare marketing jumps right on the bandwagon, advertising minimal wait times and quick in and out care. Sometimes this works just great and is exactly what is needed, but sometimes it isn’t, and I want to present to you a few situations in which hanging around for a bit in emergency or urgent care really is to your benefit. Let’s see if I can convince you.

Program Profiles: Learn about what’s offered at Baltimore independent schools

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Independent schools offer more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. The below program profiles, from our annually published “Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools,” explore the classes, internships, experiential learning and more that enrich the curricula at area private schools. Applications are due in December at most schools. Check websites for exact dates.

Beth Tfiloh – College Counseling

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is Baltimore’s only co-educational college preparatory Jewish day school spanning preschool through 12th grade. Faculty members address each individual learner’s needs throughout the rigorous dual curriculum while building creativity, leadership skills, and community ties.

Kick off the Season with a Holiday Hoopla at The Village of Cross Keys on 11/30

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On Saturday, November 30, deck the halls at The Village of Cross Keys at their Holiday Hoopla. Enjoy strolling carolers while you start your holiday shopping. Check out the season’s arts and crafts while you sip hot cocoa. Santa will be there for pictures, checking his list twice, so make sure you are on your best behavior. The Village of the Cross Keys’ Holiday Hoopla is the perfect way to kick off the season.

Zack Garber: Busy Helping Baltimore

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To pin down Zack Garber’s involvement in the Baltimore Jewish community, and the greater Baltimore community, would be difficult. From his professional career as a financial advisor on the Garber Wealth Management team, to his time spent on various boards, task forces and volunteer organizations (not to mention a personal project or two), Zack’s day is filled with one goal – how to help others. Zack sat down with us earlier this month to give us a glimpse into his day-to-day, what inspires him and what advice he has for those looking to change the narrative.

Did you grow up in the area?

I did. I grew up in the Owings Mills area, went to Beth Tfiloh for elementary school and then went to McDonogh for middle and high school. After that I took a training program in London for four months before moving to New York and then ultimately earned my MBA at Penn.

The BMA Presents Major Exhibition Exploring Development of Abstract Art Through the Work of Black Artists

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The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, an exhibition that captures the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present. On view through January 19, 2020, Generations explores the multifaceted power of abstract art as experimental practice, personal exploration, and profound political choice for decades of black artists. The exhibition features nearly 80 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, and Alma W. Thomas. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Research & Programming Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University. The exhibition is co-organized by the BMA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Calling all Baltimore Storytellers

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The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins has recently announced the opening of the latest round of applications to its groundbreaking program to help build a thriving film and media community in Baltimore.

The Fund is open to all Baltimore area residents and applicants are encouraged to apply by December 15 to one of three categories: narrative; documentary; or, VR/AR immersive media.

“We’re looking to help level the playing field for Baltimore creatives of all backgrounds, at all levels and stages of their careers,” says Annette Porter, director of the fund. “As we head into our fifth round, we are excited to open up new avenues for people to share stories that have been unheard or excluded.”

This year’s new Fellows will be announced on January 17. Throughout the Winter, Fellows will receive support of their projects through a series of workshops and mentorships with industry experts and then be eligible to apply for Production Funding in 2019. Over the last three years, the Fund has supported 70 Fellows and awarded over $900,000 to 41 projects.

Q&A: Chef Zack Mills talks oysters, seafood, and creating a menu that celebrates the Chesapeake at True Chesapeake Oyster Co.

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True Chesapeake Chef Zack Mills.

Step into the month-old Hampden restaurant True Chesapeake Oyster Co., and you can almost see and taste the Chesapeake Bay. Jay Fleming’s photos of lighthouses floating on the water grace the walls and the color palette contains various shades of blue. Its signature dish makes its way into the design as thousands of crushed oyster shells are featured in the wraparound bar and oyster cages hang near the entrance.

“There are so many vignettes around the restaurant that make me smile,” says Chef and Partner Zack Mills says of the first restaurant in Whitehall Mill, an 18th century mill undergoing restoration by Terra Nova ventures. “When you’re in a building that’s really beautiful, it’s more fun to come to work.”

Meet Brad and Melissa Hecht

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On November 20, The Associated will present its signature Keynote event, “After Pittsburgh: Pride, People & Power.” Held at Woodholme Country Club, the evening will feature a conversation with Bari Weiss, New York Times staff writer and editor and author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism.

Baltimore natives Bradley and Melissa Hecht are co-chairing the event with Morry and Lisa Zolet. We spoke to the Hechts about Keynote, Weiss and their involvement in the community.

Beth Tfiloh Lower School: Building Lifelong Character and Respect

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Kindergarten students start their day with a positive tone at their morning meeting

By: Dr. Susan Holzman, Lower School Principal, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

 “Your students are so nice!”

That’s what Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School principals and faculty members hear time and again from their colleagues at other schools about the BT students. That kind of niceness is the result of Beth Tfiloh’s mission to grow Jewish citizens who are ready to face the world with poise, knowledge, and humanity.

Our students can trace the roots of this education back to lessons they learned in BT’s PreSchool and Lower School. BT’s Lower School places the highest importance on imbuing classrooms with a spirit of derech eretz — the code of proper behavior that binds us to each other as human beings and as Jews.

Meet Mike Fuld

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Mike Fuld will never forget the first time he saw his wife, Samantha. He was working at Kutz Camp as a staff member; so was Samantha.

Mike and Samantha first met in 2006. They happened to both be assigned to work on an all-camp evening program. The rest, as Mike puts it, was history! They were married eight years later in 2014.

Overnight camp. For Mike, it was not only where he met his future wife, but the place where he spent more than 20 summers as a camper and a staff member. It was where he formed lifelong friendships, enjoyed summers filled with swimming, climbing the tower and rocking out during song sessions. It’s where he celebrated his Jewish identity through immersive, yet creative, programs that emphasized Jewish values and traditions.

“What also really stands out about camp is that you gain independence and the experience of living as a community,” says Mike whose parents also attended Jewish camp.

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