Confederate Battle Flag Comes Under Fire Efforts underway in Maryland, Washington and Virginia to remove it from public displays

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More than two weeks after nine people were gunned down at Charleston, S.C.’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in what appeared to be a racially motivated attack, states and municipalities across the country are grappling with what to do about symbols rooted in the darkest days of the nation’s history. In addition to the… Read More

Hearing On Stevenson Chabad Begins Hundreds attend to oppose Russian synagogue building

Herbert Burgunder III (right) speaks on behalf of Rabbi Velvel Belinsky (left) at a Baltimore County hearing over Belinsky's proposed synagogue. (Marc Shapiro)

Hundreds of people packed a Baltimore County hearing room on Wednesday, June 24 for the first in a series of deliberations over a proposed Chabad-Lubavitch congregation to be built on a three-acre property just north of the 695 beltway on Stevenson Road. Many neighborhood residents, some of whom sat on the floor and stood in… Read More

From Germany to Baltimore and Back Baltimore resident returns to German hometown on 80th bar mitzvah anniversary

Erich Oppenheim, 93, seated at center, is joined by Nenterhausen Burgermeister Ralf Hilmes (fourth from right) and Monica Kingreen (third from right) and family members (from left) Abby Leipsner, Shimshon Oppenheim, Itzhak Oppenheim, Iris Ingber, Lee Oppenheim, Nachson Oppenheim and Janet Oppenheim to celebrate the 80th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. The two people at far right are local historians. (Provided)

Many people remember their bar mitzvah as a time for celebration and festivity, but Erich Oppenheim’s first bar mitzvah was followed by a moment that likely saved his life and simultaneously changed it forever. On Jan. 26, 1935, Oppenheim had his bar mitzvah at a small synagogue in Nentershausen, Germany, which would later be desecrated… Read More

Candy King Turns 100 Beloved employee Matthew ‘Toots’ Cohen celebrated by colleagues, family

Fred Parsons Jr. (left) and Buddy Bernstein show off the birthday cake to Toots. (Melissa Gerr)

While holding court in a room with about 50 of his (very recently) former colleagues and donning a sporty Tommy Hilfiger striped jersey and double-red racing-striped black silky sweats, Matthew ‘Toots’ Cohen basked in the outpouring of affection from George J. Falter Co. candy distributor employees last month and regaled the crowd with his tales… Read More

Nothing Suspicious Found in JCC Bomb Threat

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The Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills was evacuated Monday night after a reported bomb threat. The building was searched and nothing suspicious was found, according to a statement from Baltimore County Police. “The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that an unknown suspect called the facility and stated that the building was going… Read More

Hogan Announces He Has Cancer Maryland governor vows to beat the disease

Gov. Larry Hogan
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Gov. Larry Hogan announced in a news conference Monday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that he described as “very advanced and very aggressive.” Hogan is expected to undergo six cycles of chemotherapy, each three weeks long, to help rid him of the lymphoma. In this form… Read More

Chabad Event Prepares for Gimmel Tammuz

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

The Chabad Lubavitch Center of Pikesville hosted a lecture June 17 titled “Timeless Leadership” — an event held in honor of the 21st yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, on the third day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, falling this year on Shabbat last weekend. Rabbi Moishe New, director of the… Read More

Bridging Gaps Through Lacrosse

From left: Scott Neiss, Emily Brodsky, Hannah Deoul and Mark Greenberg.
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On June 11, the Israel Premier Lacrosse League hosted an evening with players, coaches, staff and board members at Temple Beth El to continue its efforts in making lacrosse the national sport of Israel. “It’s been almost four years since we started and we continue to grow exponentially,” said Scott Neiss, executive director of IPLL,… Read More