Annapolis 2014

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With the fast-approaching 2014 midterm elections looming over local politics, the Maryland General Assembly will have a lot on its agenda when it goes into its 434th session Jan. 8. Last year, the state legislature repealed the death penalty, adjusted campaign finance rules that more closely regulate how much any one entity can give to… Read More

Opportunity Knocks

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Once her children, Seth and Hannah, were old enough to go to school, Cindy Perlow, a stay-at-home mother from Reisterstown, found herself at a bit of a loss. What was next? For several years, Perlow taught at the Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Preschool at Beth Israel, but eventually she felt ready for a change. When… Read More

Oseh Shalom In Laurel Gets Something New On Top

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What a difference a dome makes. Oseh Shalom in Laurel has a new dome atop its sanctuary, replacing one that had crowned the Reconstructionist synagogue since 1991. Made of fiberglass sheets that are usually used for skylights, the dome was badly deteriorating, said Barry Nove, Oseh Shalom’s facilities manager. “The light that was coming in… Read More

Maryland’s State Sport Takes To The Holy Land

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Five teens — four boys and one girl — from Baltimore joined a select group of Jewish American lacrosse players for an international competition that took place late last month in Israel and Poland. Sponsored by the Israel Lacrosse Association, the U-19 [under 19] National program saw Lilly Pollak, Jordan Abel, Jake Gavilow and Max… Read More

Burglaries Hit Pikesville Area

Residents of the Upper Park Heights area straddling Baltimore City and County have experienced several burglaries, an attempted break-in and a robbery, according to Shomrim of Baltimore and local police. Baltimore County police said there were two daytime burglaries in the Ranchleigh community between Dec. 18 and Dec. 20. Shomrim, meanwhile, reported several thefts over… Read More

Maryland Congressional Representatives Push For New FBI HQ

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Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, as well as Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-5) and Donna Edwards (D-4), are hoping the Federal Bureau of Investigation will open its new headquarters in Greenbelt. “Prince George’s County has the ability to donate, at no cost to the federal government, the proposed location that meets the size requirements and… Read More

Tamar Epstein’s 5-Year Battle for Marital Freedom Apparently Over

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Some are saying that Tamar Epstein, the former Silver Spring resident who has not received a Jewish divorce for more than five years, is now free to go on with her life. Details of the arrangement are sketchy, however, as a source close to her former husband denied that an official Jewish bill of divorce,… Read More

Paying More For Energy

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On Dec. 13, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered partial gas and electric distribution rate increases, as well as a surcharge to fund accelerated grid reliability. According to Regina L. Davis, a spokeswoman at the PSC, the commission’s order balanced various interests and obligations, including the need to set just and reasonable rates, ensure… Read More

Credit Card Numbers Compromised For 40 Million Target Customers’

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Credit and debit card information of approximately 40 million Target customers was accessed by unauthorized means between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, according a statement the company released on Thursday, Dec. 19. The theft included customer name, credit or debit card number, expiration date and CVV, the three- or four-digit security code on the back… Read More

Anti-Defamation League’s Top 10 Issues Affecting Jews in 2013

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The Anti-Defamation League compiled a list of 10 significant issues and events that the organization determines could affect the lives of Jews worldwide. Nuclear arms talks, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and increases in anti-Semitic attacks are found on the list, as well as the election of Pope Francis and his positive influence on Catholic-Jewish relations. The list… Read More