Leo Bretholz, 93

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Leo Bretholz, a Pikesville resident who as a child escaped from a train that was transporting him to a Nazi death camp, died March 8, two days after his 93rd birthday and one day before he was to testify in favor of reparations for those who were forced to ride those trains during World War… Read More

House of Delegates Approves $10.10

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Maryland’s House of Delegates voted on March 7 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. The bill passed, 89 to 46. The move to increase the minimum hourly salary from $7.25 to $10.10 has been a key theme in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s final year in office and has been steadily gaining popularity in… Read More

Baltimore Man Escapes Possible Carjacking

A Baltimore man in the northern Park Heights area evaded three men who may have been trying to steal his car on the night of Wednesday, March 5. Rabbi Yerachmiel Thav said he was in his car, parked in the driveway at his home in the 3700 block of Glen Avenue, when three men —… Read More

Chag HaSemikhah

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On March 23 Yeshiva University in New York City will ordain its largest-ever rabbinic class, conferring on 205 graduates — nine of them with ties to Maryland — from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary the title of rabbi. According to the university’s communications department, between 75 and 80 percent of its rabbinical program graduates… Read More

Pikesville Community Troubled By Recent Crimes

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For young couples looking to raise families in a Jewish neighborhood, the close-knit neighboring communities of Pikesville and Park Heights are attractive places. But for some, recent incidents of crime have tarnished that vision. “We’re really concerned, because we moved to this part of town because it was more of a quiet, safe part of… Read More

Associated Launches Ukraine Assistance Fund

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In response to the growing unrest in Ukraine, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced the launch of a Ukraine Assistance Fund to provide support for that country’s Jewish community. “One hundred percent of all funds raised will support relief efforts; funds will ensure home deliveries of food, medicine, heating and cooking fuel to… Read More

Community Groups Dig In

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Those both for and against a bill in Annapolis that would financially penalize any college that was involved in an academic boycott of any country with which Maryland has an official relationship had some strong words for the legislature last week during lengthy committee hearings in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. The… Read More

Smart Meter Brings Higher Fees

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Maryland residents who wish to opt out of new wireless electric meters will pay to keep the current analog meters. The Maryland Public Service Commission established one-time upfront and monthly fees for customers of BGE, Pepco, DPL and SMECO who don’t want to have smart meters installed on their properties. The upfront fees can be… Read More

Einstein’s Jewish Science

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“Jewish science” was a term used in Nazi Germany that packed a racist and political charge, spoken with the intention to denigrate the work of Albert Einstein and his Jewish contemporaries. In his book “Einstein’s Jewish Science,” philosopher and author Steven Gimbel dissects this accusation — investigating the pathways of Jewish identity, religion and culture… Read More

‘4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions’

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The upstairs bar at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point was packed last week, but it wasn’t the beer that brought the crowd; it was Israel. The discussion group “4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions,” which comprises Rabbis Josh Snyder, Jessy Gross, Etan Mintz and Daniel Burg, each from a different denomination, hosted a talk the night of… Read More