All In The Family

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It’s been almost 14 years since Emily Hecht and Owings Mills-based psychologist Eve Band published “Autism Through a Sister’s Eyes: A Young Girl’s View of Her Brother’s Autism.” Nowadays, Hecht, who grew up in Pikesville, is a 23-year-old graduate student at Washington University in Indiana. Recently, she recalled what it was like for her as… Read More

Purple Line Under Scrutiny

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One of the four teams invited to submit a bid to operate Maryland’s proposed Purple Line will be prohibited from winning the contract under a bill introduced in the state’s General Assembly unless its parent company pays reparations to those it transported to Nazi death camps during World War II. Keolis America, a U.S. affiliate… Read More

Route to Recovery

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The death of revered actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this month has refocused the attention of the nation on the epidemic of drug addiction. Hoffman, who reportedly died from a heroin overdose, was discovered alone in his New York City apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm on Feb. 2. Although heroin is widely… Read More

Candidates Game for Decriminalization

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Maryland gubernatorial candidates have voiced their support for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Delegate Heather Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, introduced House Bill 879, which would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. Individuals under 21 caught with marijuana would be required… Read More

Building Blocks

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Flitting around the Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland building with the busy energy of a hummingbird, Rochelle Kaplan, founder and director of the Aleph Learning Institute, set out warm drinks on a very cold day in anticipation of her students. The latest snowfall and frigid weather did not deter her, as the full-day program of Aleph… Read More

Double-Edged Sword

As the idea of expanding prekindergarten in Maryland becomes more and more popular on both sides of the political aisle, the details involved in just how to implement the different programs are still a work in progress. State officials heard from panels of advocates Feb. 12, when discussion began on Senate Bill 332 and House… Read More

History Lesson

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Dozens of boys packed into the school theater at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland last week to listen to Holocaust survivor Rubin Sztajer’s story. “You people are the future of this country,” Sztajer, an 88-year-old native of Poland, told the standing-room-only crowd assembled in front of him. “You go home to your parents, tell… Read More

Stevenson Student Connects with Panamanian Jewry

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When Stevenson University senior Avi Miller decided to take a winter class on international marketing in Panama, he knew he wanted to seek out the country’s Jewish community. Miller, who went to Krieger Schechter Day School and the Shoshana S. Cardin School, wound up having a brief but fulfilling visit to a Reform congregation just… Read More

USY Hosts 40th Annual Shabbaton

For the 40th straight year, the local branch of United Synagogue Youth will host a Shabbaton Feb. 14-15 in memory of the late Claire Sodden. In addition to religious services, the weekend event will feature fun and games for area eighth- through 12th-graders. “Our chapter is the Chapter of the Year for Seaboard Region USY,… Read More

OU’s Our Way Hosts Melave Malka

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More than 40 people braved the cold last Saturday night to honor Rabbi Yehudah and Yael Zelinger at Our Way’s first-ever statewide melave malkah at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. The Feb. 8 event, hosted by the Orthodox Union’s division for the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing, featured food, drinks and company for… Read More