Robert E. Lee Park to Receive New Name

The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, led by Dr. Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, publically asked Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference on July 21 not to change the name of Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park. Cheatham, who has led several different civil rights organizations in the past including a Baltimore… Read More

Maryland Natives Make Aliyah

The Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight, carrying 221 new immigrants to Israel this month, included 15 Maryland natives that will now call Israel home. Aaron May, 38, his wife, Rena, 39 and their children, Hadassah, Ariella and Leora, and also siblings Hilla and Yaniv Singerman are all from  Baltimore. Dovev and Shayna Hefetz and their children… Read More

Ellicott Mills Student Wins Kaplun Essay Contest

Jacob Witlin receives a certificate from Kaplun Foundation co-chairman Aaron Seligson for his Top 5 finish in the Kaplun essay-writing contest.

Jacob Witlin, 14, a student from Ellicott Mills Middle School, was a Top 5 finalist in the 24th annual Kaplun essay contest. “I was actually quite surprised because I had no idea when I entered that contest that I’d do so well,” said Witlin, who will be attending Mount Hebron High School in the fall…. Read More

Discovery Communications Produces BBYO Recruitment Video

BBYO, in partnership with Discovery Communications, produced a talent recruitment video called “Find Yourself Here: Careers with BBYO,” which was released last month. Discovery Communications selected BBYO for “Creating Change 2014,” its annual pro-bono initiative that helps nonprofits achieve their goals. “We’re in the people business, and if we’re going to reach and inspire teens,… Read More

Good or Bad? Area residents, clergy voice strong opinions about the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran

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With an agreement having been reached between the United States and Iran, concerned citizens and clergy from the greater Baltimore region are beginning to weigh in. The agreement, signed July 14 in Vienna, will require Iran to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions previously imposed by the United… Read More

Eye-Opening Experience Israeli summer camps help underprivileged, at-risk kids find their way

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JERUSALEM — Most schools are veritable ghost towns during the summer months. But in the halls of four high schools in the Israeli development towns of Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Arad and Dimona, the sounds of learning, life and laughter can still be heard this season. For five weeks this summer, 27 students from Yeshiva… Read More

Yankee Doodle’s Dandy For Kids Two Baltimore moms give parents, children space to create

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For most people, the word “lawyer” doesn’t bring to mind images of arts and crafts or creativity, but for people who know Judith Tortora, an accomplished lawyer and mother of two, that preconception doesn’t hold true. “Two years ago my family and my business partner’s family sat around a Shabbat dinner table discussing a new… Read More

Karp Trial Set for October

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The trial of Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, the Ohio rabbi charged with sexual abuse of a minor and related charges in Baltimore County, has been set for October. Although he was arrested in January and extradited to Baltimore County then, the case was postponed so that the defense could have additional time to review evidence… Read More