Parakeet Wins Purim Pet Contest

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Out of 18 submissions, Ike the Parakeet won the Jewish Times Purim Pet Contest. The parakeet, owned by Janet Ziffer of Columbia, was pictured on top of a mini-football with the Green Bay Packers logo, in a mini Green Bay Packers sweatshirt and sporting a cheese head hat. “I wouldn’t have thought in Maryland a… Read More

Jewish Delegate Hopeful Passed Over

A Jewish emergency room physician from Arnold who had applied for consideration for the Maryland House of Delegates was not selected. Ron Elfenbein applied for the post last month to fill a vacant state delegate seat in Anne Arundel County’s 33rd District, which was left open when former Republican Del. Cathy Vitale was invested as… Read More

Life Insurance Bill Withdrawn

Legislation that would have forbidden life insurance providers from increasing rates or limiting coverage based solely on an individual’s future lawful travel plans has been withdrawn. “After discussing several options with members of the Health and Government Operations Committee, I have reluctantly decided that we cannot pass an acceptable bill at this session,” said Del…. Read More

Children ‘Had Faces of Angels’

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the burial plots for seven children from the Sassoon family before their burial in Jerusalem on March 23. The seven children died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years, officials said. Police identified the children who died as Yaakob Sassoon, 5, Sara, 6, Moshe, 8, Yeshua, 10, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, and Eliane, 16. (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS/Newscom)

The Brooklyn father who lost seven of his eight children in a home fire called his kids “a sacrifice” to the community. Gabriel Sassoon sobbed as he tried to recite the names of his late children during a eulogy Sunday at a Jewish funeral home in the heavily Orthodox Borough Park section of Brooklyn, the… Read More

Jewish Times Website Introduces Paid Subscription Access

On April 6, the Baltimore Jewish Times will introduce a paid subscription model to access its digital portfolio, including both the jewishtimes.com website and the publication’s digital magazine. A username — your email address — and password will be required for access. Paid print subscribers will have full website and digital magazine access included as… Read More

Seder on the Circus Train

Matt Loory joined the circus in 2013. (Provided)

Many young children dream of running away to join the circus, but few grow up to spend their days crisscrossing the United States on tour with the Greatest Show on Earth. As head chef and pie car manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus blue unit, Matthew Loory spends 48 weeks of… Read More

The Changing Face of Poverty

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A little more than a year ago, Mrs. Y and her husband were both employed full-time. They were able to pay their bills, including the mortgage on their Pikesville home, and support their teenage daughter and baby boy. But in February, with her human services employer downsizing quickly, Mrs. Y lost her job. Her husband,… Read More

My Family Story

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Through musical displays, videos and visual arts, local eighth grade students related their personal family history and connection to Judaism as part of the My Family Story project, a global educational program sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot — The Museum of the Jewish People. Two Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students, Rivi Goloskov and Eitan Murinson,… Read More

Senior Hillel executive resigns

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WASHINGTON — The controversy over Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut’s withdrawal from J Street’s annual conference has claimed its first victim: David Eden, the group’s chief administrative officer. According to Fingerhut, Eden has left Hillel to work as a consultant and to resume “other projects” he was working on “prior to joining the Hillel family.”… Read More

Legislators Take Up Police Accountability

Police officers and activists packed the House Judiciary Committee meeting room, where legislators heard testimony about a variety of police accountability bills, including one bill that would alter Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
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Law enforcement accountability has been at the forefront of the national conversation for months, sparked by the August killing of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo. In Maryland, state legislators and advocates are pushing for reforms to increase police accountability. On Thursday, March 12 in the House Judiciary Committee, advocates from Jews… Read More