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Maller Honored By Lincoln Financial



Peter Maller, founder and president of Maller Wealth Advisors, and registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors (LFA), was named LFA Planner of the Year for 2013. Planner of the Year is awarded each year to the three leading advisors among thousands affiliated with Lincoln Financial.

“Planner of the Year is the highest acknowledgement our company bestows on a financial planner,” said John DiMonda, head of LFA. “It is a direct reflection of Peter’s commitment to his clients and a testament to his professionalism and loyalty to our company.”

Maller has been named LFA Planner of the Year six times in the last seven years. With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Maller founded Maller Wealth Advisors in January 2014. The firm, headquartered in Hunt Valley, is a wealth management firm providing sophisticated investment strategies, comprehensive financial planning, risk-management services, business succession planning and employee benefits to successful business owners, accomplished professionals and high-net-worth individuals.

Israeli Arab lawyer indicted for aiding Hamas

The Haifa District prosecution has indicted Mohammed Abed, a 42-year-old attorney from the village of Baana near the northern Israeli city of Acre, for a series of security offenses concerning his contacts with senior Hamas operatives.

A gag order placed on the case was partially lifted Monday, revealing that Abed was arrested Feb. 24 in a joint Israeli police, Shin Bet security agency and Israel Defense Forces operation.

Abed was charged with multiple counts of contacting a foreign agent and providing services to an illegal association. The indictment alleged that for years, while legally representing Hamas members jailed in Israel, Abed has been a go-between for several senior Hamas operatives — including Abbas al-Sayed, who planned the 2002 Passover bombing at Netanya’s Park Hotel — and Hamas officials in Gaza and the West Bank.

China’s ancient Jewish community returning to its roots

China’s ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng is set to celebrate a traditional Passover Seder for what may be the first time in centuries.

The Seder is being sponsored by Shavei Israel, an Israeli organization that helps “Lost Tribes” and other forgotten Jewish communities return to their roots. The Seder will be conducted by Tzuri Shi, a Kaifeng Jew who formally converted and immigrated to Israel a few years ago.

“We are proud and excited to organize this historic event,” Shavei Israel chairman and founder Michael Freund stated. “Kaifeng’s Jewish descendants are a living link between China and the Jewish people, and it is very moving to see the remnants of this community returning to their Jewish roots as they prepare for Passover.”

Persian or Iraqi Jewish traders first arrived in Kaifeng, one of China’s imperial capitals, during the Middle Ages. At its height, the Jewish community there likely numbered around 5,000 people.

IISHJ Names Outreach Director

The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) has announced that Noach Dzmura is its new campus outreach coordinator/rabbinic student recruiter.

Dzmura has 20 years’ experience as an instructional designer for the software industry and for higher education. Since obtaining an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., he has garnered six years’ experience in outreach, marketing and communications specific to the Jewish nonprofit world.

Dzmura’s duties will include strategically targeting campuses for outreach that will maximize IISHJ’s impact in relation to available speakers and existing congregations, updating the promotional materials used for the IISHJ Rabbinic Program to reflect its current aims and goals and updating other materials used to advance Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Races Raise $487K for CMNH

Credit Union Miracle Day, the title sponsor group of a family of races, presented a $487,000 donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) nationwide representing two popular races on the East and West coasts. Of that amount, $111,781 has been raised online by 282 credit union members, runners and their families and friends.

“We are extremely grateful for everyone’s commitment to making this amazing donation a reality,” said Theresa Mann, chairman of Credit Union Miracle Day and president/ CEO of The Partnership FCU in Washington, D.C. “Hundreds of volunteers from our credit unions and business partners have given their time and talent to this vital cause that helps kids receive quality medical treatment.”

A record number of members of Congress — 231 — representing all 50 states signed on to be honorary race chairs