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Faith leaders meet with governor on immigration crisis
BY Heather Norris
July 31, 2014

While uncertainty continues over how to quell the rush of young migrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. illegally and what to do with the children awaiting trials that will determine their fate, one thing is assured in Maryland: local faith leaders will have a large role in any upcoming action. “Texas shares the CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
July 30, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will CONTINUE »

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California Gourmet pareve chocolate chips pack a punch
BY Toby Tabachnick
July 17, 2014

Those who enjoy kosher baking can breathe a collective sigh of relief: There’s a new pareve chocolate chip in town. The spring of 2012 was a tough one for those who appreciate a good, chocolaty homemade dessert after a meat meal. Food retailer Trader Joe’s brutal announcement that May — that its popular pareve chocolate CONTINUE »

Local families brace themselves for war in Israel
BY Simone Ellin
July 11, 2014

Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many CONTINUE »

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Kosher Meals on Wheels delivers nutrition, smiles
BY Heather Norris
July 2, 2014

Between talk about grandkids and sips of coffee, a group of about a dozen men and women gather every Monday through Friday to start their day by helping make sure the community’s most fragile get what they need, packing kosher meals and delivering them throughout the community. The food won’t go to a shelter or CONTINUE »