Firefighting, the Israeli Way

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A dozen firefighters had to rethink their longstanding approaches to structural fires as they learned how the Israelis do it. They were told to multitask and enter a mock structure fire alone — both atypical ideas to American firefighters. Those were two of the biggest differences firefighters learned during their two-day training last week for… Read More

Small but Strong: Jews in Western Maryland

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With its claim of being the oldest continually operating synagogue in Maryland and the only one in the city of Cumberland, B’er Chayim Temple, thanks to the perseverance of its small but dedicated community and generous funding from the Sara (Feldstein) Ridgway and John Ridgway Trust, is celebrating its 150-year-old structure’s much-needed facelift with a… Read More

‘City College Made Me’

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Maryland’s oldes­t public high school, Baltimore City College, turned 175 years old last weekend. As part of the festivities, City held a Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor six accomplished alumni. Hosted by college adviser Rodney Joyner, the event was held in the school’s William Donald Schaefer Auditorium. Other events included The Women of… Read More

‘A Worldwide Kitchen’

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    More than 1,000 people got their bake on at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Owings Mills last week. Starting at 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, Jewish mothers and daughters bonded over bread at the Great Challah Bake, a prelude event to the worldwide Shabbos Project that was coordinated locally by Etz… Read More

The Power of One

The Aleph Learning Institute is bringing in some heavy hitters for its Nov. 10 gala event. According to the organization’s founder and director, Rochelle Kaplan of Chabad-Lubavitch of Maryland, constitutional lawyer Nathan Lewin will deliver the keynote address at “Powering for Success: The Power of One,” while sports agent and author Ronald Shapiro will serve… Read More

Freundel Had Planned More Student Tours

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A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue this semester. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is… Read More

Coming Together

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While the threat of the so-called Islamic State, the spread of Ebola and the march toward Election Day takes up most of the current political discourse, lawyers, activists, religious leaders and government officials gathered at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC last Friday to discuss an issue that gained momentum over the summer but then faded… Read More

‘Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue’

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Most of us first hear this title phrase in the book of Deuteronomy. No words better capture the work I have strived to do as a legislator in the Maryland General Assembly or the legacy I hope to leave as your next attorney general. As a child, I watched my father stand up to Joe… Read More

Cardin, Franchot Endorse Jalisi

This time, the endorsements are real. Unlike a flurry of so-called endorsements of District 10 delegate candidate Hasan “Jay” Jalisi in the days leading up to the June 24 Democratic primary that were quickly denied by the politicians supposedly making them, high-ranking officials are now backing the Democrat despite lingering questions over his residency. Jalisi’s… Read More

Freundel Planned to Take More Female Towson Students on Tour

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A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student… Read More