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Former Adas Israel executive director admits he took funds from California synagogue
BY Suzanne Pollak
February 20, 2014

The just departed executive director of Washington, D.C.’s Adas Israel Congregation has admitted to intentionally stealing at least $390,000, deceptive record keeping and the illegal transferring of funds from a California synagogue during the time he was executive director there. Eric S. Levine, who was asked to resign on Tuesday from Adas Israel after being CONTINUE »

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New substance-abuse treatment center opens in Towson
BY Simone Ellin
February 20, 2014

The death of revered actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this month has refocused the attention of the nation on the epidemic of drug addiction. Hoffman, who reportedly died from a heroin overdose, was discovered alone in his New York City apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm on Feb. 2. Although heroin is widely CONTINUE »

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Mizeur pushing marijuana legislation; Brown, Gansler open to discussion
BY Marc Shapiro
February 20, 2014

Maryland gubernatorial candidates have voiced their support for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Delegate Heather Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, introduced House Bill 879, which would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. Individuals under 21 caught with marijuana would be required CONTINUE »

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Aleph Learning Institute promotes power of one
BY Melissa Gerr
February 20, 2014

Flitting around the Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland building with the busy energy of a hummingbird, Rochelle Kaplan, founder and director of the Aleph Learning Institute, set out warm drinks on a very cold day in anticipation of her students. The latest snowfall and frigid weather did not deter her, as the full-day program of Aleph CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan Editor-in-Chief
February 20, 2014

You have to hand it to the sisterhood of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Greengate Jewish Center in Baltimore. The Tuesday afternoon meeting was billed as a chance to meet the JT’s new editor, but in the space of about an hour, the group of about 40 women — and one man — cut to the CONTINUE »