‘Welcome Home’ Now in Israel, former Baltimore-area residents are living their dream, thanks to Nefesh B’Nefesh

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TEL AVIV — At just after 7 a.m. on Aug. 17, their 10-hour ordeal of a flight finally concluded, 233 weary soon-to-be new citizens of Israel staggered off the El Al charter. They couldn’t possibly have imagined what they were in for next. As they walked down the makeshift steps to the Ben Gurion Airport… Read More

Gene Wilder ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’

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Gene Wilder, whose likeness became synonymous with the energetic and mysterious chocolatier Willy Wonka, died on Monday in his Stamford, Conn., home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a widely reported statement from Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman. He was 83. Beyond the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder… Read More

What Would Heschel Say About Black Lives Matter?

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When the Movement for Black Lives published its platform last month, many Jews were shocked that in addition to its call for the end of systemic racism against African-Americans, the platform demanded an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Support for Israel made the United States complicit in the “genocide” against the Palestinians. Israel, the… Read More

Wage Dispute Will the city be at a disadvantage if it raises minimum wage to $15?

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Larry Brenner prepared for the worst when Baltimore officials announced two years ago they would gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated Konstant’s, a stand in Lexington Market, and raises doubts about the ramfications additional increases could have on his… Read More

City Fires Alleged Neo-Nazi Lawyer

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A lawyer for Baltimore had his contract terminated by the city Aug. 18 after it was discovered he had neo-Nazi connections. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the city fired Glen Keith Allen, 65, an independent contractor who defended Baltimore police in civil litigation against misconduct allegations starting this past February. The Southern Poverty… Read More

Baltimoreans Bond with Israel via Cummings Youth Program

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A dozen rising high school seniors, dressed smartly in suits and dresses, listened closely on Aug. 17 at the Park Heights JCC as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings delivered a speech celebrating their return from Israel. “This gives me a chance to touch the future, a future that I will never see,” Cummings said. “But I… Read More

The Mall Comes Down Now just an eyesore, the once-glitzy Owings Mills Mall is being demolished to make way for redevelopment

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When it opened in 1986, the Owings Mills Fashion Mall (as it was called then) was touted as “the cornerstone of one of the biggest building boons on the East Coast,” WJZ’s Frank Luber reported. “Tres chic, that’s probably the one phrase that describes the new mall in Owings Mills,” another report said. Champagne toasts… Read More

Closed Doors for Israel Aid Package

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A 10-year defense deal  between the United States and Israel, reported to be nearing completion, is being  negotiated behind closed doors, giving rise to speculation about its details. Reports say that the agreement, known as the memorandum of understanding, will be worth roughly $3.7 billion per year in military aid to  Israel. The current memorandum… Read More

Jewish-Run Businesses Awarded Medical Cannabis Licenses

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After being inundated with applications from those hoping to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission revealed its 15 grower selections and 15 processor selections on Monday. While a large step forward in a program that has been fraught with delays, these preapprovals means the companies… Read More

Community at Odds Proposed zoning changes at Hidden Waters, Woodholme could mean higher-density housing

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A groundswell of community opposition to proposed zoning changes in Baltimore County has led to spirited standoffs between a country club that is a longtime community  staple and surrounding residents, as well as a developer and nearby residents. As representatives from Woodholme Country Club and Bozzuto Homes — the developer that aims to build on… Read More