Gauging the Impact of BDS Is the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel succeeding?

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In 2005, Palestinian nongovernmental organizations initiated the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to encourage businesses, universities and other global entities to pressure Israel into ending the occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights, giving full equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel and recognizing the Palestinians’ right of return to land they had fled when… Read More

Baltimore Man In Standoff Charged with Attempted Murder

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A Baltimore man who shot at police during an eight-hour standoff was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder in connection with the July 6 incident. Robert Blake, 46, of the 6900 block of Reisterstown Road is also charged with first- and second-degree assault, discharging a firearm within city limits and possession of body armor,… Read More

JCC Members Upset Over Pool Hours

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Members of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC are peeved by the hours at the large family pool, which were adjusted to accommodate campers for the summer. The pool is exclusively used by campers until 3 p.m., at which point it’s open to the public. JCC members, many of whom joined specifically to use the pool,… Read More

Former Cop’s Roots Run Deep City Police Jewish Community Liasion Moving On

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For the past seven years, Baltimore’s Jewish communities have been looked after by Kenneth “Heshy” Dickstein, the Yiddish- and Hebrew-fluent son of a local rabbi. Since August of 2009, the former Officer Dickstein, who retired on June 17, has served as the Baltimore Police Department’s citywide Jewish community liaison, fostering communication between the community and… Read More

Baltimore Remembers Wiesel as Eloquent, Thoughtful, Righteous Mensch

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Elie Wiesel, the iconic Holocaust survivor, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died of natural causes on Saturday, July 2 at the age of 87. While he was a figure of international prominence, there is hardly a Jewish community around the world that didn’t feel his impact, and Baltimore is no different. “It was like… Read More

State Congressmen Rally for Gun Control

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Maryland’s Democratic Congressmen gathered in Baltimore on Wednesday, June 29 to underscore the need for gun control two weeks after a mass shooting in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub killed 49 people and less than a week after Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in in attempt to force a gun control vote. Congressmen Chris Van Hollen, Elijah… Read More

Modernizing Mental Health Dr. Steven Sharfstein reflects on his legacy at Sheppard Pratt

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After a 30-year term at Sheppard Pratt, including 25 years as CEO, Dr. Steven Sharfstein retired on June 30, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and growth. Under Sharfstein’s watch, the Sheppard Pratt Health System maintained quality patient care as the organization underwent exponential growth, expanding its geographic footprint and treatment offerings and shifting to… Read More

Seasons’ Reasons: ‘It’ll Be Worth the Wait’

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Summer has just arrived, but Seasons remains unchanged. The long-awaited New York-based kosher market has been preparing to open a store in Pikesville since as early as 2014, but it has not given an opening date. Seasons currently operates four stores in New York and one in Lakewood, N.J., and also plans to open stores… Read More

Groups Push for BWI-Israel Flights

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There are roughly 350,000 Jews living within the Greater Washington and Baltimore regions, and within that number are many business leaders, politicians and diplomats who travel to Israel multiple times per year. With this in mind, Jewish community leaders have taken steps to bring a nonstop flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Ben-Gurion International Airport… Read More

Reform in the Crosshairs Gun violence spurs call for state, federal action

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Faith leaders, policymakers and experts in the greater Baltimore and Washington regions are refusing to stay silent more than one week after the largest mass shooting in recent history. Whether or not Congress passes legislation this week restricting known terrorists from purchasing guns, the prevailing view among most Jews is that some form of restriction… Read More