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

24 Hours Under The Radar

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On Nov. 21, 2013, the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times sought out, photographed and engaged with Jewish Baltimore. Twenty-four hours. Three teams. One city. An impressive and diverse cross section of the area’s Jewish people. What comprises Jewish Baltimore? A lot of very different people, places, traditions and organizations, to be sure. “24 Hours… Read More

Taking Initiative

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One of the core characteristics of being in the National Honor Society is service. Students frequently spend time tutoring other students as part of this commitment. One student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School felt that his chapter was not doing enough. He took action. Junior Zach Azrael, vice president for service in BT’s… Read More

Pay Check

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A pay raise could be in the future for Maryland politicians. The General Assembly Compensation Committee and the Governor’s Salary Commission will recommend salary increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators when the General Assembly goes back into session Jan. 8. The General Assembly Compensation Commission will recommended that members of the Maryland House… Read More

Werdesheim Gets Convictions Stricken

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Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Pamela White struck the convictions on Tuesday, Dec. 17, of a former Shomrim member who was arrested in the beating of a teenager in November 2010. Eli Werdesheim, 26, was convicted last summer of wrongful imprisonment and assault in the beating of Corey Ausby, an African-American teenager who was 15 at… Read More

Magic Water

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Walk into the mikvah [ritual bath] at Beth El Congregation and the tile sparkles — literally. Its healing waters call out, “You are at Heaven’s gate. Connect with God.” It sounds like the start of a good novel — fiction, of course. But the Beth El mikvah, transformed this past year from a beautiful ritual… Read More

Good Karma

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Jenny Benscher knew there was nothing she could do or say that would spare her sister, Jill Becker, the grief she was enduring and would continue to endure after the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Cara, from complications of leukemia in December 2012. A mother of three herself, Benscher realized there was no consolation for… Read More