Netanyahu: ‘Stop spreading lies’ Current grand mufti denies presence of Jewish temples at Jerusalem holy site

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Countering historical evidence and a publication released decades ago by a precursor to his office, the grand mufti of Jerusalem denied the historical presence of Jewish temples atop a contested holy site, which has been a flashpoint in the ongoing violence wracking the Jewish state. Speaking in Arabic to Israel’s Channel 2, Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad… Read More

Keeping Judaism at the Forefront Sobeloff Jewish Law Society gives attorneys, judges a chance to network

Judge Karen Chaya Friedman speaks at the judicial reception of the Simon E. 
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On Thursday, Oct. 8, hundreds of lawyers and judges gathered at Temple Oheb Shalom. It wasn’t for any type of formal programming that the legal professionals gathered; it was purely to schmooze. It was the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society Baltimore Chapter’s annual judicial reception. Other than a brief address from Judge Karen Chaya… Read More

Career of Compassion North Oaks director has worked in senior care for more than 30 years

North Oaks Retirement Community executive director Mark Pressman will step down in December after eight years of service. (Provided)

After more than 30 years spent in three cities taking care of senior citizens, North Oaks Retirement Community executive director Mark Pressman is taking things down a notch. In December, Pressman, 66, will step down from his position after eight years to take on a part-time role. “I’ve been doing this for a lot years,”… Read More

Sharing in their Pain Baltimore Jewish community pours out its heart for Israel in wake of recent violence

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Baltimore’s Jewish community is once again keeping a close watch on the Middle East, this time over a rash of violence in Israel that has killed more than 40 Israelis and Palestinians through a series of stabbings and shootings. Many Jews are concerned about the violence potentially spiraling into a Third Intifada, including Baltimore Jewish… Read More

Saying Goodbye Jones & Jones to close after serving Baltimore women for more than four decades

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After 45 years, one of female Baltimoreans’ favorite go-to clothing stores is closing its doors for good. Customers will soon say farewell to Jones & Jones, an upscale boutique located in The Village of Cross Keys. Owner Florence Sokol announced Thursday Oct. 22 that she is retiring in order to spend more time with her… Read More

Stevenson Road Chabad Hearings Focus on Code, Petition

Urban planner Christopher Jakubiak (left) discusses issues with a proposed Stevenson Road synagogue at the sixth Baltimore County hearing over the property. (Marc Shapiro)

Hearings continued last week regarding a proposed Chabad synagogue for Russian-speaking Jews on Stevenson Road, with the focus on a petition residents signed in opposition and Baltimore County zoning code. Since late June, Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen has heard arguments from attorneys  representing those who live in the neighborhood surrounding the proposed site of… Read More

From Commissioner to Peacemaker Kevin Davis’ first few hours without 'interim' title prove to be busy

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Kevin Davis’ title may have changed Tuesday night, but he said he plans to continue building strong police-community relations. Davis was sworn in as Baltimore’s new police commissioner after having served in the position on an interim basis since July following the dismissal of Anthony Batts. Davis’ confirmation was met with protestors who occupied city… Read More

Rabbi Karp Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison Clevelander pleaded guilty to sex crimes

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Rabbi Ephraim (Frederick) Karp was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and five years of supervised probation upon his release, after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sex offense Oct. 15 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Karp to 35 years,… Read More

State of the City Councilman Nick Mosby gives his take on Baltimore’s issues

City Councilman Nick Mosby’s initiative to move the police training academy drew a response of surprise from Distrcit 5 Councilwoman Rochelle Spector. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

In what may serve as a preview for a potential mayoral run, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby presented his vision for the city to the Baltimore Jewish Council Monday night at the headquarters of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Mosby, at times passionate in tone, spoke on a range of issues including crime,… Read More