Unmasking the Myth CHANA commemorates two decades of hope, help and healing for victims of abuse

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Michelle admits she was “kind of a statistic” in that it took three protective court orders before she finally left her abusive husband. But her experience is not uncommon. A victim averages seven attempts to leave an abuser before he or she is successful, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The first time Michelle… Read More

BJSZ Holds Prayer in Response to Israel Violence

Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion held an emergency evening service on Oct. 13 to recite tehillim in response to the recent wave of violence in Israel, as was urged by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore. “We all know why we are here,” said Rabbi Moshe Hauer at the start of the service. “Just today there… Read More

Up, Up and Away Local model airplane club entertains and provides camaraderie, escape

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There’s something mesmerizing about a flying object gracefully soaring high in the sky, and there were dozens of them performing gravity-defying tricks at the Charm City Memorial Fly-In, a remote-control plane festival hosted each year by the Southwest Area Park Remote Control Modelers. About 30 pilots and more than 500 spectators, mouths agape and heads… Read More

Life Happens New lecture series focuses on aging and planning for the future

Matt Levinson, vice president, 
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A new lecture series aims to arm the community with resources and knowledge about all matters of aging. Life Happens, a free six-week lecture series, features sessions on medical and financial planning; estates and eldercare; health issues; aging and housing including independent and assisted living and nursing homes; palliative and hospice care; and Jewish funerals…. Read More

Anyone’s Race With Stephanie Rawlings-Blake out of the picture, Baltimore’s mayoral election is an open contest

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In a city that’s seen violent crime spike, with a homicide rate surpassing that of many other major American cities, and anxiety still in the air from April’s uprising following the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, the stakes are high for Baltimore’s next mayor. Uptown, in the Northwest’s Jewish community, tension is also high with… Read More

Kamenetz Announces Plan to Accelerate Air Conditioning in Schools

On Tuesday, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance announced a plan to accelerate getting air conditioning in county schools. Under current plans, county schools without air conditioning would have it by 2021. Kamenetz and Dance are asking the state to accelerate its pledged funding so schools could have… Read More

Gov. Mandel Honored with Torah Mantle

A Torah mantle was dedicated to the late Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel at Shabbat services on Friday, Oct. 2 at The Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Lobbyist Bruce Bereano, who was a good friend of Mandel’s and attended High Holiday and occasional Shabbat services with… Read More

Old Problem, New Challenges City leaders looking to tackle heroin epidemic

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen speaks about the city’s heroin epidemic, as panelists (from left) Heather Ralston, Karen James, 
Dr. Beth McGinty and Baltimore City Police Lt. Timothy Devine look on. (Daniel Schere)

Baltimore’s heroin epidemic has persisted for several decades, but City leaders and health professionals are looking to solve the current crisis by taking away the stigma and approaching it as a public health issue. On Sept. 30, the Baltimore Jewish Council, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Issues Commission and the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives,… Read More

A Neighborhood Revitalized Historic Jonestown reimagines itself Story and photo by Justin Katz

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Jonestown, which sits north of Little Italy and west of Dunbar-Broadway in East Baltimore, is a small, relatively lesser-known part of Baltimore City, but its roots with the Jewish, German and Italian immigrant communities make it rich with history. Approximately 40 people were at the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Oct. 1 for “Discovering Jonestown,” an… Read More