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'Beyond Chicken Soup' exhibit explores close connection between Jews and medicine

'Beyond Chicken Soup' exhibit explores close connection between Jews and medicine

It isn't the oldest item of the more than 400 objects on display in the Jewish Museum of Maryland's new exhibit, "Beyond Chicken Soup," and its cash value is practically nil.

But the tiny engagement ring crafted of red plastic by an impoverished dental student tells a very human tale about a young Baltimore-area couple who fell in love at the turn of the 20th century. Edmund Kahn made the ring in 1904 from materials lying around the students' laboratory at the University of Maryland. In place of a diamond, he inserted a fake but realistic-looking tooth.

His bride-to-be, a sprightly Baltimore girl named Gertrude Fried, accepted his proposal — and the ring has...

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