Hope and Appreciation Inaugural Times of Israel Gala focuses on best, brightest

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In what was decidedly planned by organizers as a nonpolitical event, former Israeli President Shimon Peres raised eyebrows Sunday night at the inaugural Times of Israel Gala in New York City when he seemingly lambasted current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent calls for Jews under attack in Europe to settle in Israel. “Don’t come to… Read More

Proposed Stevenson Road Chabad Faces Opposition Synagogue would serve area’s Russian Jews

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A Pikesville neighborhood is up in arms over a proposed Chabad synagogue that would be built on a three-acre property on Stevenson Road. The Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue, a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation for Russian immigrants, plans to build a 4,000-square-foot, one-story synagogue in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road. While congregants would be excited to… Read More

A Public Concern Health officials gather in Baltimore to address measles outbreak

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Baltimore’s medical establishment stood shoulder to shoulder on Monday, Feb. 9 to declare unequivocally: Vaccinations work. Standing in front of her colleagues from Johns Hopkins University, Mercy Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Sinai Hospital and other regional partners at the special Measles Symposium at the Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly appointed… Read More

A Neighborhood’s Fix Epidemic opiate crisis hits home

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Over the course of the past few weeks, Baltimore’s Mount Washington neighborhood has become a ground zero of sorts for the debate surrounding how to handle a problem that many say has taken over the city: the resurgence of heroin. Tensions ran high last week when residents and local professionals packed into the Mount Washington… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

From Awareness to Inclusion Quarter century after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how far have we come?

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When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago this July, President George H.W. Bush aimed to change the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities. According to Virginia Knowlton Marcus, executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center, the broad-based law mandated access to governmental services, employment, business and… Read More

The Hogan Era Budget delivers on promise of cuts

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Newly sworn-in Gov. Larry Hogan started his tenure in office with a bang last week when he announced his 2016 budget, following through on his campaign promise to close the state’s looming budget gap. “Maryland’s FY 2016 budget establishes balance without slashing agencies, laying off workers and while fully funding education and all of our… Read More

Spring into Performing Arts Baltimore’s hot performing arts scene warms up the start of the spring season

Amy Herzog (Photo provided)

The Jewish community will take an active role in the Baltimore County Dance Celebration, Feb. 1 to March 9, when the Gordon Center of Performing Arts plays host to many events including four major performances, dance workshops, seminars and smaller ensemble and solo performances. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on dance this February… Read More

Negotiating the Negev The coexistence of development, preservation and growth

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David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, and native Bedouin tribes against an influx of immigrants and longtime Israeli urban-dwellers. Only 8 percent of Israel’s population lives in the vast Negev region, an… Read More