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BY Marc Shapiro
December 12, 2013

The Fields of Pikesville building won’t be getting a kosher market anytime soon, the realtor redeveloping the building said. Seasons, a New York-based kosher market, is instead planning to open at 401 Reisterstown Road, which was once home to Danielle’s Bluecrest Caterers. “We feel it’s a good growth neighborhood,” said Mayer Gold, Seasons’ owner. “It’s CONTINUE »

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December 11, 2013

It is never easy to say goodbye. But that is what is happening. I have the unpleasant task of telling you that I am leaving the JT, and I am taking a job in Kansas City. This is a difficult conversation for me to have with you, not because things have gone badly; just the CONTINUE »

Conversion shouldn’t be the only path to joining the Jewish people
BY Steven M. Cohen and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
December 5, 2013

Right now, there is just one way for someone who is not Jewish to become Jewish in a publicly recognized and officially authorized fashion: undergo religious conversion under the auspices of a rabbi. Whether the path to Jewish identification follows Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist or other auspices, conversion is explicitly and entirely religious in nature. CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
November 26, 2013

There wasn’t a news site by last Sunday morning void of a story about the historic deal — or “mistake,” as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was calling it — which was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France plus Germany) late last Saturday night. But, CONTINUE »

Parents who send their children to private schools attended a meeting Tuesday night to discuss funding options. (Photo by Heather Norris)
BY Heather Norris
November 20, 2013

State officials from across the Baltimore area didn’t hold back when they met with constituents Wednesday night at Talmudical Academy to discuss funding for parochial schools. “This is probably not happening this year,” said State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-11), noting, along with Del. Adrienne Jones (D-10), that the combination of budget constrictions and a big CONTINUE »