Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family

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Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More

In the Epicenter of Unrest Pikesville developer hopes to redevelop parts of West Baltimore

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After the protests that turned violent with clashes between residents and police, looting and fires in the Penn North area as well as other parts of the city, Pikesville developer Carl Verstandig got a phone call from Burt Greenwood. The third-generation owner of Greenwood Towing in Penn North wanted to see if Verstandig would be… Read More

Dreams Derailed As Amtrak resumes service, communities cope with loss

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With mandated Federal Railroad Administration safety measures and rail improvements in place, Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor reopened Monday, just shy of one week after a deadly train derailment north of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station claimed eight lives and injured more than 200 people. Among the dead were two Jewish victims, Rachel Jacobs, 39, the CEO… Read More

The Obvious Choice Relief for Britain’s Jews as Cameron elected to second term

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LONDON — A large chunk of Britain’s Jewish community breathed a sigh of relief on May 8, when David Cameron secured a second five-year term as prime minister. The Conservative’s win of an outright majority in the House of Commons shocked the nation, as nearly all pre-election polls suggested that the Labour party led by… Read More

The Debate on Policing Jewish organizations in position to help make change

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WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talks with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody. Officials were short on specifics, but several said that protests in Baltimore following… Read More

Continuing a Legacy Day school thrives in former Beth Jacob building

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Children wearing crowns decorated with glitter rode their bicycles and scooters into the courtyard of their school on Park Heights Avenue and dashed inside for an icy treat and further Lag B’Omer celebrations. Whether children would be seen at all in the large building that was once the home of Beth Jacob Congregation, a pillar… Read More

Hanging on to Heritage Baltimore’s Iranian Jewish population maintains identity decades after fleeing

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The chorus of 30 men engaged in their morning prayer rituals filled the bottom floor room at Ohr Hamizrach Congregation Sephardic Center just before 7 a.m. on a Monday. The men, some of whom have been there since 5 a.m. to study Talmud, joined together for the Torah service around 7:30 a.m., when a Torah… Read More

Protests and Peace Baltimore’s Jewish community engages in marches, vigils to promote justice for all

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Following the announcement on May 1 from Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that six police officers were charged in the death of Sandtown resident Freddie Gray, downtown streets were host to several demonstrations and rallies, each demanding a follow-through of justice and calling for calm and peace to return to a fractured city. About… Read More

Senate Candidates Square Off Van Hollen’s history contrasts with Edwards’ grassroots ideology

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (left) and Terry O’Neill, NOW president, listen as Rep. Donna Edwards makes a point.

Rep. Donna Edwards was the first to take a direct swipe at her main Democratic rival for the open seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Speaking Sunday at a candidates forum in Rockville hosted by the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Prince George’s County Democrat and District 4 congressional… Read More

My Israel Puzzle Project

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In celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, more than 100 students from area congregational schools filled the auditorium of the Park Heights JCC on Sunday to participate in the My Israel Puzzle Art Installation and Collaborative Project hosted by the Macks Center for Jewish Education, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. The… Read More