Statement from Gross on Return Home from Cuba

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Upon returning home from five years of imprisonment in Cuba, Alan Gross had the following to say: Chag Sameach.  What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America.  Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary and determined efforts of my wife of… Read More

Ramapo Election Materials Nullified

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After impounding all election materials from a controversial referendum vote held in the heavily populated Jewish community of Ramapo, N.Y., last week because of a last minute lawsuit alleged potential election fraud, New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Garvey nullified the election materials Tuesday, ordering that a completely new election be held. Her court… Read More

Islamic State Beheads Again

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The Islamic State released a video Tuesday afternoon claiming to show the beheading of Jewish-American journalist Steven Sotloff, who would be the second American journalist beheaded by the terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in two weeks. The video, titled “A Second Message to America,” was released on online outlets. The video follows… Read More

Pikesville Woman Missing

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Baltimore County police are asking for help in looking for an 88-year-old woman last seen Saturday at the Giant grocery store in the 6600 block of Reisterstown Road. Irene Kuperstein was recorded on surveillance video leaving the store at 9:21 p.m. and did not appear harmed. Kuperstein is described by police as a white female,… Read More

Sharfstein Joins Hopkins School of Public Health

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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… Read More

Convicted Murderer of Orthodox Girl Will Not Get New Trial

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A man who was found guilty of killing an 11-year-old Orthodox girl in 1969 was denied a new trial Thursday, according to reports. Wayne Stephen Young will continue to serve jail time for the murder of Esther Lebowitz after Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Edward Hargadon made his decision Thursday. The possibility of a new trial… Read More

Jewish Orgs. on Alert After Fatal Shootings in Kansas City

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as an alleged gunman took the lives of three people in two attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement village. According to various news reports, at about 1… Read More

Baltimore County Police Release Photos in Connection with Home Invasions

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The Baltimore County Police Department released five photos in connection with a robbery and a home invasion that occurred on March 4 in Pikesville. Police are not referring to the individuals in the photos as suspects. “They are people we wish to talk to,” said Cpl. John Wachter, police spokesman. “We want to talk to… Read More

Community Protests Murderer’s Appeal

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Approximately 250 people from Baltimore’s Jewish community traveled by bus, car and subway train to protest the appeal trial of then 24-year-old Wayne Stephen Young, who was convicted of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebovitz in 1969. A student of the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, she was last seen in Pikesville after being dropped off at… Read More

House of Delegates Approves $10.10

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Maryland’s House of Delegates voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017 on March 7. The bill passed with a vote of 89 to 46. The move to increase the minimum from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour has been a key theme in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s final year in office and… Read More