Good or Bad? Area residents, clergy voice strong opinions about the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran

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With an agreement having been reached between the United States and Iran, concerned citizens and clergy from the greater Baltimore region are beginning to weigh in. The agreement, signed July 14 in Vienna, will require Iran to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions previously imposed by the United… Read More

Eye-Opening Experience Israeli summer camps help underprivileged, at-risk kids find their way

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JERUSALEM — Most schools are veritable ghost towns during the summer months. But in the halls of four high schools in the Israeli development towns of Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Arad and Dimona, the sounds of learning, life and laughter can still be heard this season. For five weeks this summer, 27 students from Yeshiva… Read More

Yankee Doodle’s Dandy For Kids Two Baltimore moms give parents, children space to create

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For most people, the word “lawyer” doesn’t bring to mind images of arts and crafts or creativity, but for people who know Judith Tortora, an accomplished lawyer and mother of two, that preconception doesn’t hold true. “Two years ago my family and my business partner’s family sat around a Shabbat dinner table discussing a new… Read More

Karp Trial Set for October

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The trial of Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, the Ohio rabbi charged with sexual abuse of a minor and related charges in Baltimore County, has been set for October. Although he was arrested in January and extradited to Baltimore County then, the case was postponed so that the defense could have additional time to review evidence… Read More

Path to Service Gladstein fellow to lead Chevrei Tzedek Congregation

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Rabbinical student Emily Barton was selected, through the Gladstein fellowship in entrepreneurial leadership, by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation to replace Rabbi Avram Reisner, who is retiring in August. The fellowship, which is run by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, seeks to provide outstanding students with practical experience in community development. “Chevrei Tzedek are gracious… Read More

Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Batts replaced by deputy commissioner Kevin Davis

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference.

Baltimore’s Jewish community lauded Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s decision to replace Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts last week amid mounting pressure to get violent crime in the city under control. “There is no one better to access what needs to be done than the person who the police commissioner reports to,” Baltimore Jewish Council Executive Director… Read More

City Releases Heroin Report, 10 Recommendations The mayor’s task force calls for overdose plan, data-tracking, outreach and more

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The Mayor’s Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force released its final report along with 10 recommendations to attack the city’s heroin and opioid epidemic and unveiled a public education campaign on Monday. The recommendations call for overdose prevention and outreach measures, real-time data tracking, 24/7 on-demand substance abuse treatment, among other measures. “All of our… Read More

Cancer Survival Through Prevention Hadassah uses Check It Out Challenge to spread the word

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On Sunday, July 19, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, the women’s Zionist organization, will host its 2015 Check It Out Challenge, featuring an 8K run, a 5K run/walk and a one-mile family obstacle course starting at Goucher College in Towson. “[Check It Out] was started [about] 20 years ago by our national organization as a way… Read More