The War That Changed American Jewry

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In the middle of the night on Feb. 23, 1861, three individuals tread quietly through the darkened streets of Baltimore. One was Allen Pinkerton, head of a private detective agency. Another was serving as a bodyguard. The third, wearing an overcoat draped over his shoulders and a soft felt hat, and hunched over to disguise… Read More

BJC Passes Minimum-Wage Policy

The Baltimore Jewish Council passed a policy statement on minimum wage that advocates for a wage above the federal poverty line. “… The Baltimore Jewish Council supports an equitable minimum wage that enables workers to earn over the federal poverty line, but at the same time does not unduly burden Maryland business,” the statement says…. Read More

Mayor, Police Commissioner Address City Crime

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Although crime in Baltimore City has been on the decline for the past three years, homicides are up 6 percent over last year, which deeply concerns Baltimore officials. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts spoke at a Baltimore Jewish Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 about the triumphs and challenges in… Read More

Jewish Christian?!

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Thousands of residents from Owings Mills and Reisterstown to as far as Silver Spring received an oversized postcard in the mail earlier this week asking the question, “Is it possible to be both Jewish and Christian?” Prominently juxtaposed to the inquiry were five distinct logos — those of Jews for Judaism, the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

Iranian Spy Captured In Israel

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran, Ali Mansuri,  was arrested on September 11, 2013.

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran was arrested on September 11th 2013 in Tel Aviv, this according to a statement released by Israel’s General Security Service (GSS). The man, named Alex Menes, aged 55, was arrested as he tried to leave Israel via Ben Gurian airport. In his interrogation it became apparent that he is… Read More

A Facelift for Lenny’s

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  After 28 years in the Owings Mills shopping center Valley Village, Lenny’s Deli owner Alan Smith thought it was time for a facelift. The quality of the food hasn’t wav-ered, the sandwiches are still thick, and customers are still loyal, but Smith said he felt it was time for his deli to get an… Read More

Works Like A ChaRm

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For Laura and David Alima, owners of The Charmery in Hampden, ice cream isn’t just a treat, it is destiny. “I guess we were connected by desserts early on,” said David. “Because the first thing I ever did to try to impress [Laura] was I ate an entire chocolate cream pie.” The pair, who married… Read More

Broad Shoulders

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For victims of domestic violence in the Jewish community, CHANA: Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women offers an opportunity to escape a dangerous situation without having to make sacrifices when it comes to maintaining their religion. Last year, the organization hosted its first speaker series, which featured talks from Jewish women involved in… Read More

‘I Will Beautify Him’

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In Judaism, there’s an obligation to offer a prayer, a personal thought or an intention upon entering a holy space.  The idea is that you must give in order to receive. In the case of a bais medrash or house of study, you must enter with something because you walk out with something.  You are… Read More

‘Mums’ the Word

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The Mummies Are Coming! The Mummies Are Coming! Yes, you heard right. The largest collection of real animal and human mummies ever assembled will be taking up residence at the Maryland Science Center and welcoming visitors as of Sept. 28. The collection includes a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru and an entire mummy family. The… Read More