Special Volunteers

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It all started last year when a student approached Dr. Linda Samuels, high school science teacher at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore. The student asked Dr. Samuels for help finding summer work in a lab. Dr. Samuels began asking around and eventually got into contact with Dr. Daniel Edelman of the National Cancer Institute of the… Read More

Flowers For Powers

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While many 10-year-olds are busy spending their summers relaxing with friends after long hot days at camp, Lexi Thomas and Abby Levin are trekking around Baltimore spreading light, joy and happiness to the sick and the elderly. The girls founded their own nonprofit called Flowers for Powers and just recently received official nonprofit status. It… Read More

Verstandig Picks Up The Pieces

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Driving by the old Fields building in the 1400 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, most people might see an eyesore. But commercial realtor Carl Verstandig sees opportunity. His company, Pikesville-based America’s Realty, purchased the building in June and plans to rebuild and revamp it, and fill it with new tenants. “What we do is… Read More

Police Investigating Spate Of Graffiti In Pikesville

Police are looking into multiple vandalism incidents that occurred over the weekend. Shown here: a variety of anti-Semitic and satanic images drawn on the exterior of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a rash of vandalism incidents that occurred at multiple Pikesville locations over the weekend. Graffiti that included anti-Semitic images, satanic images and sexual images were found at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Wellwood International School and Greenspring Shopping Center, police said. Images were also discovered on vehicles, stop signs, sidewalks, parking signs… Read More

ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic Incidents Declined 14 Percent

The total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States fell by 14 percent in 2012, continuing a three-year trend of incremental declines, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued July 22. The ADL Audit reported a total of 927 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in 2012 including assaults, vandalism… Read More

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks To Resume

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepping off a helicopter after flying from Amman, Jordan, to Ramallah, West Bank, to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abba, July 19, 2013. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)

  Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations will resume, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced. “The representatives of two proud people today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling,” Kerry said in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday, where he was on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his job in… Read More

Maccabiah Games Open With Record Number Of Athletes

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman lit the torch at the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games, which features a record number of nearly 9,000 athletes. Thursday night’s ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem featured pyrotechnics and performances with hundreds of dancers and popular Israeli singers, as well as electric violinist Miri Ben-Ari…. Read More

On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

A plaque engraved with names of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is mounted on a fence outside Station 7, their home base in Prescott, Ariz.
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On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av we already know who — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona. “This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of the Ninth of… Read More