Gathering of faith communities in Baltimore
Thank you for your coverage of the forthcoming Interfaith New Year’s Eve service at St. Ignatius Church downtown. Although the headline was of a “New Year’s Eve concert to bridge religious faiths, offer voices in song” (Local News, Dec. 16), there was no mention of our Jewish contribution to the music. And we do indeed make a significant contribution!
As Cantor at Kol HaLev Synagogue, I have participated in this service for the past 10 years and will be doing so again this year, concluding the service with the “Litany of the Shofar” and a final sounding of the shofar. And this year, we will be honored by having Cantor Thom King of Temple Beth El singing “Sim Shalom.”
It will once again be a wonderful gathering of the faith communities of Baltimore with representatives from virtually every element of life in the city — the arts community, safety and health, education, law and justice, political leaders, charitable organizations and the media. But the music is truly the centerpiece. Nothing carries the hopes and prayers for the coming year better than music.
And I’m always proud and happy to represent our Jewish community at this wonderful gathering!
CANTOR GEORGE HENSCHEL
Kol HaLev Synagogue Community
Relatives ran delis in Baltimore and Annapolis
My grandfather Isadore ran the New York Corned Beef House in downtown Baltimore; it was about 1966. And my dad had two delis: Manhattan Memories in Annapolis and the Wall Street Deli at the outlet in Queenstown, Md. (Opinion, “I’m a Jewish historian, and my grandparents ran a deli. Maybe we’re in the same business,” Dec. 9)
ANDREA SPECTOR FOSLER
Match made over a sandwich on rye
My husband and I had our first date at Rubin’s in 1986 (Opinion, “I’m a Jewish historian, and my grandparents ran a deli. Maybe we’re in the same business,” Dec. 9).
Ten minutes after meeting, I ordered a liverwurst sandwich with coleslaw and onions on rye, and when he said, “I’ll have the same,” the deal was done!
BETH KESSELMAN NEWMARK
(originally from Randallstown)
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