Meet The Mayor

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Meet Itamar Shimoni. The new mayor of Ashkelon, 45, is the father of three children between the ages of 21/2 and 7. In late October, Shimoni beat out four-time incumbent Benny Vaknin. So what? “The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership has become one of the crown jewels among the long list of programs within The Associated and its… Read More

Good Karma

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Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for… Read More

‘Like Dreamers’

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Yossi Klein Halevi is an American immigrant to Israel and the author of a new and powerful book, “Like Dreamers,” in which he adds an important dimension to the story of Israel from the euphoria of the 1967 Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the subsequent 40 years. Halevi’s work as a journalist and… Read More

Health Fix

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State officials say fixing Maryland’s flawed heath-care website and increasing enrollment is their No. 1 priority. “I am frustrated and disappointed with how the launch of the website has gone,” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at a recent news conference. He and Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a variety of steps Monday to boost enrollment and… Read More

JT Welcomes New Editor-In-Chief

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The Jewish Times welcomed a new editor this week. Joshua Runyan, a rabbi and former flight instructor, will add “JT editor-in-chief” to his already-extensive resume. Runyan’s journalism career began at 16, when he landed a job as an assistant news producer at USA Radio News. Since then, he has worked as an intern at The… Read More

Another Dimension

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No matter what your tech IQ, chances are the Bmore 3D Store in Canton will blow your mind. But you’ll have to hurry. It’s only open through the end of December. The pop-up store sells unique items such as jewelry, vases and Baltimore-themed gifts, all created by 3-D artists using 3-D modeling software and fabricated… Read More

Seasons Kosher Market Pursuing Baltimore Property

The Fields of Pikesville building won’t be getting a kosher market anytime soon, the realtor redeveloping the building said. Seasons, a New York-based kosher market, is instead planning to open at 401 Reisterstown Road, which was once home to Danielle’s Bluecrest Caterers. “We feel it’s a good growth neighborhood,” said Mayer Gold, Seasons’ owner. “It’s… Read More

Trying To Revive

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In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, instantly murdering about 20,000 Jews and bombing approximately 50,000 Jewish-owned factories, workshops and stores in more than 120 local communities. Several hundred synagogues were also destroyed. Within a month, all Polish Jews were either confined to ghettos or in hiding. Then the Nazis began liquidating the ghettos. Within 18… Read More

Warning Signs

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It’s a day he may never forget. And while it is painful to remember as well as to talk about, Dr. Jonathan Lasson, 42, a certified school psychologist for the Maryland State Department of Education, believes it’s a day that warrants memory, and a memory that must be shared. Oct. 4, 2012 began like any other… Read More

All Inclusive

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Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyahs, sitting shiva and even trips to Israel. These are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. But for Liz Weintraub and her husband, Philip, full inclusion in life events such as these wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. That is, until they became members of… Read More