Baltimore Heart Ball, remembering Dr. Barry Lever and Agi Rado and more

Baltimore Heart Ball raises $900K

More than 600 people attended the 34th annual Baltimore Heart Ball on Feb. 23 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The evening raised nearly $900,000 for the Maryland affiliate of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Baltimore restaurateur Tony Foreman, founder and co-owner of the restaurant company Foreman Wolf, served as chair of this year’s gala. The event featured dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions, and music by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. February is “American Heart Month.” The Heart Ball annually brings together medical and community leaders to raise funds and awareness for cardiovascular research.

Read more: Heart Ball Raises Nearly $900,000 for Cardiac Research

Also see: Tony Foreman on Facebook Live

Sandee and Barry Lever

Sandee and Barry Lever (Photographed for Jmore by Evan Cohen)

Dr. Barry S. Lever dies

Dr. Barry S. Lever, a retired periodontist known for his passion for the story of the Exodus 1947, the Chesapeake Bay freight passenger ship forever linked to the founding of Israel, died on Feb. 24. A Pikesville resident and Chizuk Amuno congregant, he was 84. Lever, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was the son of Samuel and Doris (Hankin) Lever. He received his bachelor of science and doctor of dental surgery degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958. He served as a postdoctoral fellow with the U.S. Public Health Service and received certificates in periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Boston University Graduate School of Medicine. Lever served as a dental officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He and his family moved to Baltimore in 1963, and he ran a private practice here until 1997. Services will be held Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery-Chizuk Amuno Congregation, N. Rogers Ave. Contributions in Lever’s memory may be sent to CO/LAB Theater Group, P.O. Box 727, New York, N.Y. 10108, or any other charity.

Read more: Dr. Barry S. Lever, Preserver of the Exodus 1947 Legacy, Dies

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Agi Rado

Agi Rado

Concert pianist Agi Rado dies

An internationally known concert pianist and Holocaust survivor, Agi Rado died Feb. 22 at her home at Springwell Senior Living Community in Mount Washington. She was 90. The Budapest-born Rado was the daughter of Imre Rado and Valerie Bjor Rado, and her mother was her first piano teacher. Rado made her performing debut at age 11 and graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She was a protege of famed composer Zoltan Kodaly. A graveside service for Rado will be held on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at  Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, followed by a 7 p.m. service at Bolton Street Synagogue. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21210, or CHANA, 101 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Md., 21201.

Read more: Remembering the Life of Concert Pianist Agi Rado

Buenos Aires Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich

Buenos Aires Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich (Courtesy of AMIA)

Chief rabbi of Argentina attacked in home invasion

The chief rabbi of Argentina was brutally assaulted by a gang of people who entered his home before dawn on Feb. 25. The attackers broke into the apartment in the Jewish neighborhood in Once in Buenos Aires at around 2 a.m. shouting: “We know that you are the AMIA [Jewish center] rabbi,” and then beat him. Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich was hospitalized with serious injuries, including nine broken ribs, according to  Jewish political umbrella DAIA President Jorge Knoblovits. His wife was home at the time of the incident. The attackers restrained her and stole money and belongings from the apartment.

Read more: Chief rabbi of Buenos Aires beaten and seriously injured in home invasion attack


Stutthof camp

A view of a gas chamber at the former Stutthof camp. (Christian Holmér/Flickr Commons)

Trial of former Nazi SS guard, 95, likely over because of his ill health

The trial in Germany of a former Nazi SS guard, now 95, likely cannot be restarted after it was suspended due to his ill health. Johann Rehbogen is accused of being complicit in the mass murders of several hundred prisoners at the Stutthof concentration camp. More than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof during World War II. His trial was suspended by the judge in December because Rehbogen was hospitalized with heart and kidney problems. On Feb. 25, the Muenster state court said it seems unlikely that the trial will be restarted after a doctor determined that he is still unfit to stand trial, The Associated Press reported. Rehbogen, who uses a wheelchair, was younger than 21 when he worked at the camp between 1942 and 1944 and thus is being tried in a juvenile court in the western German city of Muenster. The trial started in November and only met twice a week on non-consecutive days to accommodate his age and poor health.—JTA


Stanley Donen

Stanley Donen, left, with Cary Grant after the completion of their film “Indiscreet,” Feb. 12, 1958. (Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Director of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ dies at 94

Stanley Donen, the filmmaker and choreographer best known for the 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” has died. Donen died Feb. 21 from heart failure in New York City. He 94. As a child in Columbia, S.C., Donen faced anti-Semitic bullying and used the movies as an escape from the tensions of being one of the few Jews in his community, The Associated Press reported. He became an atheist as a youth. The movies turned him on to the world of dancing and acting. He met Gene Kelly when they worked on the original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hart’s “Pal Joey,” when Donen, then 16, was in the chorus and Kelly was cast in the lead. They met again in Hollywood and began working together, first with Donen as Kelly’s assistant, choreographer and later as co-director. Donen also worked with actors including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire. Some of his other notable films include “On the Town” (1949), “Royal Wedding” (1951), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), “Funny Face” (1957), “Indiscreet” (1958), and “Charade” (1963).

Read more: Filmmaker Stanley Donen, director of ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ dies at 94

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