Pass it On

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Born in 1940, five months after the Nazis invaded her native Poland, Felicia Graber has never thought of herself as a Holocaust survivor, but now she is a leader among that community. “It’s not unusual for child survivors to deny that they are survivors,” said Graber, 74, who lives in the Park Heights neighborhood with… Read More

JT Publisher Acquires Smart Shopper

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Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Style Magazine has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Pikesville, Md.-based Smart Shopper, Inc. Smart Shopper, a direct mail response upscale magazine with zoned publications in Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County, was sold by Gary Frahm…. Read More

O’Malley Commutes Death Sentences

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Gov. Martin O’Malley effectively closed the book on the death penalty in the state last week with the announcement that he will commute the sentences of Maryland’s last four remaining death row inmates. “The question at hand is whether any public good is served by allowing these essentially un-executable sentences to stand,” O’Malley said in… Read More

Hogan Announces More Officials

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Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has announced four senior officials who will join his administration when he takes office on Jan. 21. The appointments, announced last week, include Al Redmer Jr. as Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Stephen Moyer as Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, George W. Owings III as Secretary of the Department… Read More

The Buzz on Drones

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Like small buzzing, flying pests, drones seem to be everywhere these days: a technology waiting for mass acceptance by filling newspaper columns, YouTube videos and the nightmares of those Americans who see them as a privacy and safety disaster waiting to happen. They’ve been touted as the answer for jobs that are too dirty and… Read More

Opinions Divided on Subminimum Wage

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Advocates and employers of disabled individuals are divided on a section of federal law that allows certified agencies to employ those with disabilities below minimum wage. Some want the program phased out, some would like to see increased oversight and program improvements, while others simply want the issue studied further. The Fair Labor Standards Act,… Read More

Deaf Patron Launches Lawsuit

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When Baltimore resident Jessica Gill contacted the Hippodrome Theatre in January, she hoped that by December the venue could come up with a plan to accommodate her hearing impairment so that she could see “Newsies.” But after months of emails, when opening night came on Dec. 2, no such accommodations had been made. Gill has… Read More

Israeli Families Brought Together for Final Night of Chanukah

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Dreidels spun, candles glowed and stories captured the imaginations of young children, as Israeli families joined together to celebrate the final night of Chanukah. The party, co-sponsored by The Macks Center for Jewish Education, the Israeli-American Council, and BioAbroad, attracted 120 adults and children to the community room at the Park Heights JCC on Dec…. Read More

‘A Miracle’

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Jewish communal officials the world over were gratified by the recent announcement by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) that social service agencies that provide assistance to frail, elderly and low-income Holocaust survivors will receive substantial increases in their allocations for 2015. In Baltimore, funding to Jewish Community Services will increase… Read More

Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Freundel’s Former Employers

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While the criminal trial of Rabbi Barry Freundel, formerly of the Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., on six counts of voyeurism has not yet begun, some women who allege they are Freundel’s victims have joined a class-action civil lawsuit against his former employers, seeking to be compensated for emotional injuries.   A team of… Read More