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

City Councilman Nick Mosby’s initiative to move the police training academy drew a response of surprise from Distrcit 5 Councilwoman Rochelle Spector. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

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

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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

BJC executive director Art Abramson says the executive committee had to act fast. (Kirsten Beckermann)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Unmasking the Myth CHANA commemorates two decades of hope, help and healing for victims of abuse

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Michelle admits she was “kind of a statistic” in that it took three protective court orders before she finally left her abusive husband. But her experience is not uncommon. A victim averages seven attempts to leave an abuser before he or she is successful, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The first time Michelle… Read More

BJSZ Holds Prayer in Response to Israel Violence

Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion held an emergency evening service on Oct. 13 to recite tehillim in response to the recent wave of violence in Israel, as was urged by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore. “We all know why we are here,” said Rabbi Moshe Hauer at the start of the service. “Just today there… Read More