New Coalition Aims to Strengthen Pikesville Schools

How does a school, in an area saturated with choices both public and private, rise above persistent rumors and misconceptions? Pikesville Middle School advocates are hoping the answer lies with a new dynamic principal, a newly formed schools coalition and support from CHAI. CHAI decided to expand outreach to Pikesville, taking a cue from its… Read More

Life Well-Lived

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When he passed away on Jan. 2 at age 90, Rabbi Dovid Edelman left behind his wife, Leah, their eight children, approximately 100 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, as well as three generations of students. Although family members and friends had no choice but to share him, according to grandson, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum of Baltimore, almost… Read More

Custody battle in Vienna generating international uproar

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VIENNA — In an apartment in the Austrian capital, Beth Alexander is deleting hundreds of photos of her 5-year-old twin boys from Facebook. In one picture, Benjamin and Samuel are laughing as they hold a toy. In another they are waiting to be served lunch in their native Vienna. The ordinary snapshots are the kind… Read More

‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

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LOS ANGELES — On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German. The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in contemporary… Read More

Small Shul, Big Vision

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In December 2004, the desires of a small group of people in Baltimore to create a Modern Orthodox congregation at which they all shared a voice in shaping its vision came to fruition. Then, in June 2014, recognizing the need for a spiritual leader that shared its democratic ideals, Netivot Shalom and Rabbi Noah Leavitt… Read More

Eyes on Adelson

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Even with the contours of the 2016 Republican presidential primary race finally taking shape, Jewish donors largely remain uncommitted on the two latest contenders — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush both signaled they were running last week — and are instead waiting to… Read More

Inauguration Celebration Hogan sworn in, promises bipartisanship

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The hundreds of Marylanders who braved cold temperatures and heavy snow on Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of the second Republican governor in more than four decades were treated to a snapshot of the new governor’s plan for the next four years. “Today is the beginning of a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation in Annapolis,”… Read More

City Council Conflict Differing messages about councilwoman’s removal from committees

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When Northwest Baltimore Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector was removed from all but one of her committee assignments last month, the official message from the City Council was that Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wanted to get some fresh blood into the city’s 12 committees. Last week, that message changed. “What Rikki did, she crossed… Read More

Watchful Eyes London Jewish community heightens already tight security after Paris attacks

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LONDON — Guards, CCTV, locked gates, 24-hour surveillance: These are some of the security measures that Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues in the United Kingdom and Europe have in place. The protections are especially striking compared to what can seem like little or no security at Jewish communal buildings in the United States. Still,… Read More

Obama Talks Paid Sick Leave The president was in town for the Senate Democrats’ conference

President Barack Obama poses for a selfie with the staff at Charmington’s in Baltimore City. The cafe and coffee shop's managing partner spoke with the president about paid sick leave and family leave. (Provided)

Amanda Rothschild found out she’d be hosting the president at her coffee shop and café on Thursday, Jan. 15, about 90 minutes before his arrival. While there was a rush of emotions when White House staff told her President Barack Obama would be coming to Charmington’s in Baltimore City, where she is managing partner, Rothschild… Read More