From Commissioner to Peacemaker Kevin Davis’ first few hours without 'interim' title prove to be busy

Kevin Davis’ title may have changed Tuesday night, but he said he plans to continue building strong police-community relations. Davis was sworn in as Baltimore’s new police commissioner after having served in the position on an interim basis since July following the dismissal of Anthony Batts. Davis’ confirmation was met with protestors who occupied city… Read More

Rabbi Karp Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison Clevelander pleaded guilty to sex crimes

Rabbi Ephraim (Frederick) Karp was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and five years of supervised probation upon his release, after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sex offense Oct. 15 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Karp to 35 years,… Read More

State of the City Councilman Nick Mosby gives his take on Baltimore’s issues

In what may serve as a preview for a potential mayoral run, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby presented his vision for the city to the Baltimore Jewish Council Monday night at the headquarters of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Mosby, at times passionate in tone, spoke on a range of issues including crime,… Read More

The Digital Bridge New technology is changing synagogues

Technology has reached most parts of everyday life, and although some are slower on the uptake than others, synagogues are no different. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation overhauled its website last month in an effort to communicate more effectively and concisely with its members. “Our goal is to connect and engage every member of our congregation and… Read More

BJC Debates Iran Policy Members question process in forming statement

A July statement by the Baltimore Jewish Council’s executive committee blasting the Iran nuclear deal was hotly debated at the council’s first meeting of the new administrative year on Oct. 8. Some BJC members questioned the process by which the statement was written and then released, saying it went against protocol, while executive committee members… Read More

‘One Step Closer’ HoCo Autism Society hosts annual 5K

The Howard County Autism Society hosts its 9th annual “One Step Closer” walk and 5K race on Nov. 1 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. “Autism is a complex condition affecting many aspects of an individual’s life: the ability to communicate [and] one’s education, emotional well-being and social relationships,” said Theresa Ballinger, treasurer of HCAS… Read More

Hateful Messages Found on Towson Chalkboard

Students found anti-Semitic messages written on chalkboards at Towson University on the night of Oct. 10, according to a spokesperson for the school. The messages included: “Fascism, Just do it,” “Hitler was right” and “With Jews you lose.” After photos of the chalkboard were posted to Facebook, both Towson University and Baltimore County police were… Read More

Fight Against Heroin, Opioids Gets a Boost

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced a new round of grants on Oct. 7, totaling more than $600,000 and issued to organizations and institutions across Maryland to help fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. Among the grantees is the Howard County Department of Corrections, which received $49,706. “We must work together across… Read More

Umami in Pikesville Announces Closing — Again

Umami Bistro of Pikesville, according to a sign in its lobby, was to close on Thursday, Oct. 15. The sign displayed in the kosher Asian restaurant’s lobby read, “Oct. 15 last day close forever.” In April, the restaurant claimed it would close but never followed through due to issues with its leasing agreement. Carl Verstandig,… Read More

Surveying with the Stars Mason and Dixon’s original plotting instrument at MHS for one week only

Mapping a couple of perfectly straight lines isn’t typically a prelude to infamy. But for British surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, the engineering feat — surveying hundreds of miles through wilderness that resulted in the razor-edge borders shared by Maryland with Pennsylvania and Delaware and calculated by navigation of the stars — is something… Read More