It’s Close, But Baltimore Voters Chose Pugh, Schleifer

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In two hotly contested primaries, Baltimore City voters ultimately threw their support behind state Sen. Catherine Pugh for mayor and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer for District 5 councilman. In a mayoral race with a large pool of candidates, Pugh narrowly defeated former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon, who garnered much support, but ultimately fell short. Many Pugh… Read More

HoCo Preschool Counts the Omer and Clothing

From left: Marcie Cissel, Barbara Frederick and Jodi Fishman. (Provided)

With Passover in full swing, so begins the tradition of counting the Omer, the ritual of counting each of the 49 days between the 16th of Nisan and Shavuot. But that’s not the only thing students at the Bet Yeladim preschool in Columbia will be counting this year. “All teachers and staff have each been… Read More

Miriam’s Cup Runneth Over, Filled with Associated Women’s Spirit

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The camaraderie and kinship among more than 300 celebrants was palpable at Temple Oheb Shalom, site of the Associated Women’s “The Freedom to Create Passover Experience” this month. “Being in a room with 320 women is the most empowering feeling in the world,” said Susan Manekin, who co-chaired the event with Jill Max. “There’s just… Read More

Parents Grill Panelists On Colleges, Anti-Semitism

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Howard County parents of high school students grilled representatives from the Anti-Defamation League and StandWithUs during a panel at Howard Community College about what their soon-to-be college students may face when confronted by groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Against Israel Apartheid. The April 18 panel called “Peace Takes Two” was… Read More

High Stakes, Mixed Expectations Elections will bring new president, senator, mayor, city council

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In Baltimore, as in the rest of the state, candidates and residents alike are underscoring the importance of this election. In Baltimore, as in the rest of the state, candidates and residents alike are underscoring the importance of this election. While the presidential election looms overhead, Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat — which she has filled… Read More

Matzoh Ball Mashup Whether Floaters or Sinkers, This Menu Item Is Sure to Bring Families Together

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Last week, the JT staff explored some contemporary meanings of the Passover story in its “Four Questions” cover story. This week, we delve into the festive meal, having diligently researched the one menu item that typically sets the tone for the rest of the repast. Family debates may rage over the decision to serve chicken… Read More

Cardin, Ruppersberger Talk Defense, Iran with Netanyahu

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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger recently met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran, defense and the U.S.- Israel relationship moving forward. Cardin and three other senators visited Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to gauge the climate in the region and alliances with the United States after the passage… Read More

Mercaz Celebrates New Building

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Hundreds marched and danced down Green Meadow Parkway in the late afternoon on Sunday, singing and dancing around the newly inscribed Torah as a band played and sang celebratory songs. It was the chanukas habayis (housewarming or home dedication) and hachnasas sefer Torah (inauguration of a Torah scroll) for Mercaz Torah U’Tefilla, a Chasidic congregation… Read More

Blumberg Turns Survival into Advocacy

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After a lengthy battle with colon cancer, Edel Blumberg, a “two-and-a-half” time survivor, took ownership of his illness by founding the Semi-Colon Club to raise awareness of the disease and its preventability. Diagnosed with Crohn’s and colitis — both forms of irritable bowel disease that are often precursors to colon cancer — by age 15,… Read More

On the Watch for Child Sexual Abuse

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The packed room sat silent at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation last weekend, as about 150 people watched a 15-minute video of several adult survivors recounting their stories of childhood sexual abuse that happened within their Orthodox Jewish communities — committed by camp counselors, rabbis and other authority figures — some of which lasted over… Read More