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Joshua Runyan (David Stuck)
BY Heather Norris
December 19, 2013

The Jewish Times welcomed a new editor this week. Joshua Runyan, a rabbi and former flight instructor, will add “JT editor-in-chief” to his already-extensive resume. Runyan’s journalism career began at 16, when he landed a job as an assistant news producer at USA Radio News. Since then, he has worked as an intern at The CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
December 12, 2013

The Fields of Pikesville building won’t be getting a kosher market anytime soon, the realtor redeveloping the building said. Seasons, a New York-based kosher market, is instead planning to open at 401 Reisterstown Road, which was once home to Danielle’s Bluecrest Caterers. “We feel it’s a good growth neighborhood,” said Mayer Gold, Seasons’ owner. “It’s CONTINUE »

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Irlen Syndrome: Real science or false hope?
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

Westminster mother Anna Lipka had always sensed something was interfering with her daughter Adrianna’s academic performance. Yet, none of the professionals who tested Adrianna could find anything out of the ordinary. “I knew she was very smart — she talked at 16 months and could memorize all the books I read to her,” Lipka said. CONTINUE »

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Kosher coffee touts weight loss, energy benefits
BY Heather Norris
December 12, 2013

For coffee drinkers in the Jewish community, a kosher coffee that advertises benefits such as weight loss and increased focus and memory has made its way to Maryland. Javita coffee launched in 2011 with the introduction of its energy-plus-mind instant coffee. With ingredients such as South American estate-blend coffee (100 percent Arabica and Robusta), green CONTINUE »

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Making laws, improving lives and working to create a cultural shift
BY Melissa Gerr
December 12, 2013

Halacha (Jewish law), just like the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, states the right for citizens to own weapons for use in self-protection and to maintain public safety. In the case of Jewish law, however, it also mandates safe and responsible use with regard to ownership for the public good. “Safe and responsible” CONTINUE »