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Judge awards sole custody to Yoel Weiss, rules girls’ return to Israel
BY Marc Shapiro
July 17, 2014

Five Israeli girls who have been living off and on in Maryland since 2010 will return to Israel and live with their father, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled on July 1. Judge Yvette M. Bryant awarded Yoel Weiss sole legal and primary physical custody of the five girls, who are between the ages of CONTINUE »

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Greater Baltimore Muslim Council welcomes clergy to Ramadan break-fast meal
BY Melissa Gerr
July 17, 2014

Now in its 10th year, the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council hosted guests from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. communities for a special Iftar dinner, the traditional meal breaking the fast that occurs daily during the month of Ramadan. About 200 people from within and beyond the Islamic community attended the July 10 event at the CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
July 16, 2014

A JCC aquatics center employee has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor after telling an undercover detective posing as a juvenile that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy, according to Baltimore County Police. Charles David Beaver, 58, of the 3000 block of Main Street in Manchester, is being CONTINUE »

Local families brace themselves for war in Israel
BY Simone Ellin
July 11, 2014

Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many CONTINUE »

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Many in Jewish community silently struggle during economic downturn
BY Heather Norris
July 10, 2014

For many Americans, the 2008 recession was the tipping point, with millions of people losing jobs and savings. Six years later, many are back at work but for wages far lower than they were making before the recession. The Jewish community in Baltimore is no exception. And religious restrictions on some observant Jews may make CONTINUE »