Children ‘Had Faces of Angels’

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the burial plots for seven children from the Sassoon family before their burial in Jerusalem on March 23. The seven children died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years, officials said. Police identified the children who died as Yaakob Sassoon, 5, Sara, 6, Moshe, 8, Yeshua, 10, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, and Eliane, 16. (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS/Newscom)

The Brooklyn father who lost seven of his eight children in a home fire called his kids “a sacrifice” to the community. Gabriel Sassoon sobbed as he tried to recite the names of his late children during a eulogy Sunday at a Jewish funeral home in the heavily Orthodox Borough Park section of Brooklyn, the… Read More

Jewish Times Website Introduces Paid Subscription Access

On April 6, the Baltimore Jewish Times will introduce a paid subscription model to access its digital portfolio, including both the jewishtimes.com website and the publication’s digital magazine. A username — your email address — and password will be required for access. Paid print subscribers will have full website and digital magazine access included as… Read More

Seder on the Circus Train

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Many young children dream of running away to join the circus, but few grow up to spend their days crisscrossing the United States on tour with the Greatest Show on Earth. As head chef and pie car manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus blue unit, Matthew Loory spends 48 weeks of… Read More

The Changing Face of Poverty Cities, no longer the only centers of poverty, bequeath its effects to suburbs

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A little more than a year ago, Mrs. Y and her husband were both employed full-time. They were able to pay their bills, including the mortgage on their Pikesville home, and support their teenage daughter and baby boy. But in February, with her human services employer downsizing quickly, Mrs. Y lost her job. Her husband,… Read More

My Family Story Local eighth graders delve into their family histories

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Through musical displays, videos and visual arts, local eighth grade students related their personal family history and connection to Judaism as part of the My Family Story project, a global educational program sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot — The Museum of the Jewish People. Two Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students, Rivi Goloskov and Eitan Murinson,… Read More

Senior Hillel executive resigns

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WASHINGTON — The controversy over Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut’s withdrawal from J Street’s annual conference has claimed its first victim: David Eden, the group’s chief administrative officer. According to Fingerhut, Eden has left Hillel to work as a consultant and to resume “other projects” he was working on “prior to joining the Hillel family.”… Read More

Legislators Take Up Police Accountability

Police officers and activists packed the House Judiciary Committee meeting room, where legislators heard testimony about a variety of police accountability bills, including one bill that would alter Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
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Law enforcement accountability has been at the forefront of the national conversation for months, sparked by the August killing of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo. In Maryland, state legislators and advocates are pushing for reforms to increase police accountability. On Thursday, March 12 in the House Judiciary Committee, advocates from Jews… Read More

The Heroin Problem Lt. Gov. Rutherford hears from residents, officials and advocates from Cecil, surrounding counties

Karen Prettyman Bishop didn’t need a task force summit to know that heroin is a problem in Cecil County. Her daughter, Courtney Lee Prettyman, died of a heroin overdose in 2011 at the age of 28. “Within a mile radius, six of our parents lost their kids,” Bishop said of her neighborhood. “This problem has… Read More

Reducing the Backlog Vice president, Maryland legislators highlight sexual assault kit initiative

With sexual assault survivor Helena Lazaro and Vice President Joe Biden looking on, Sen. Barbara Mikulski adamantly declares, “We want to make sure that no victim is doubly victimized.”
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Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-District 2), visited Pikesville on Monday to tout the importance of a new initiative designed to speed prosecution of sexual assaults. Following a tour of the Maryland State Police Forensic Laboratory on Milford Mill Road, Biden told… Read More

Hettleman’s Sexual Assault Bill Moving Forward

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Freshman legislator Shelly Hettleman is calling for increased efforts on the issue of sexual assault at Maryland colleges. Hettleman’s bill, HB 571, had a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on March 10. A vote on whether or not to move the bill to the House of Delegates’ floor is expected soon. “It is an… Read More