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

Four Questions Notions of Passover through a contemporary lens

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Themes of oppression, affliction, soul-searching and liberation hold great importance in the Passover story, one that recounts the Jewish people’s escape from bondage, their exodus from Egypt and their eventual freedom. As we prepare to revisit and recount that story of Passover — a time during which, among many observances, we’re encouraged to question the… Read More

Sol Schwartz Remembered as Inspirational, Selfless

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At 46, Sol Richard Schwartz of Reisterstown had everything to live for. Married for 22 years to Ilene Legum Schwartz, they had two children and a loving extended family, countless friends and admirers and a career in which he excelled. By all accounts he was the definition of the word “mensch.” His sudden death from… Read More

Edwards’ Emily’s List Support Rankles Van Hollen Backers

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Members of America’s Jewish community, by and large, are some of the most progressive voters there are. They consistently back pro-choice Democrats, in some cases by a margin greater than 2-1, and other candidates who advocate increased public expenditures for social service projects and education. But they’re also staunchly pro-Israel, a fact that has many… Read More