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Passover is THE holiday for those with dietary restrictions
BY Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For the many members of the Jewish community who more or less avoid consuming chametz year-round, Passover brings welcome relief. “Passover is a big treat for everybody,” said Chana Fishkind, who, along with her two sons, maintains a gluten-free diet. Her husband, she said, just goes with the flow. Two years ago, Fishkind discovered that CONTINUE »

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Bills make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil fine and establish an effective medical marijuana program
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a new medical marijuana bill and a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine, and a bill that allows doctors to prescribe CONTINUE »

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Local Jewish Organizations Hail 2014 Session as a Success
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in CONTINUE »

Beth Tfiloh, Pikesville High among schools represented
BY Heather Norris
April 10, 2014

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student Lani Roskes and Pikesville High School student Jesse Fidel will find out in just a few weeks whether either will be one of up to just 141 high school seniors nationwide invited to Washington, D.C., to receive one the nation’s most prestigious awards given to high school students. Their CONTINUE »

Local reactions range from helpful to hopeful for Israeli-Arab peace negotiations
BY Melissa Gerr
April 10, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry has made 11 trips to the Middle East since July to facilitate Israeli-Arab peace talks. Last week, it looked as though his efforts were thwarted, when President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership in international bodies — a move considered off limits by the American-brokered negotiation terms. In response, Israel canceled CONTINUE »