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Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene moves to academia
BY Marc Shapiro
August 7, 2014

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty CONTINUE »

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Beth Sholom in Frederick gets its man
BY Suzanne Pollak
August 7, 2014

Rabbi Jordan Hersh can finally have a rest from his twice-monthly commute from New York City to Frederick. After one year of leading services, teaching and counseling part time at Beth Sholom Congregation, he has been named the congregation’s full-time rabbi. Hersh, 32, had been working at the 150-member synagogue as a Gladstein Fellow, a CONTINUE »

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Demonstration meets counter-demonstration at Penn Station
BY Heather Norris
August 7, 2014

When Raquel Minka heard about a rally taking place in downtown Baltimore protesting Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, she had to do something. “They’ve been having so many,” she said of the pro-Palestinian demonstration. “We also need a chance to speak up.” Minka took to Facebook to organize her own demonstration — one in support of CONTINUE »

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BZD’s bomb shelter exhibit draws emotional response
BY Marc Shapiro
August 7, 2014

The sound of children singing can be heard when walking into the dark 10-by-8-by-10 room. Their voices are quickly drowned out by sirens and chaos, as translations show that their song is about hiding from rockets in a bomb shelter. “Hurry, hurry, hurry to a safe area. My heart is beating boom, boom, boom, boom, CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
August 7, 2014

Beth El Congregation’s Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education is now accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, making the school, which serves children from birth through age 5, the first and only Jewish early childhood program in the state to enjoy such accreditation, according to the Pikesville synagogue. Mandy Barish, Maryland accreditation CONTINUE »