Local News

BY Marc Shapiro
August 15, 2013

Baltimore City Police has promoted a former captain who oversees the Northwestern District and has brought in a new captain, as well. Marc Partee, formerly a captain, was promoted to major, and Capt. Byron Conaway joined the forces. “You’re basically just ramping it up,” Partee said. “You have two operational guys — myself and the CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 13, 2013

Stanley Levitt, who was convicted of molesting three Boston-area boys in the 1970s, has changed his Baltimore address. According to VINE, a service that keeps track of criminal proceedings, protective orders and more for victims, Levitt’s new address is 3709 Glen Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. Nancy Aiken, director of CHANA (Counseling, Helping & Aid Network CONTINUE »

BY Phil Jacobs
August 9, 2013

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Congregation B’nai Tzedek’s spiritual leader, sat in his study on a warm early summer day. He had recently completed his duties as chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Rabbinic Cabinet. It is perhaps difficult to understand what and why someone would spend a great deal of time being part of CONTINUE »

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The JT examines the kashrut industry, the details and the disputes that make eating kosher complicated and sometimes costly
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 7, 2013

Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as CONTINUE »

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For Ben Marks, his later-in-life romance with Sally Bormel was a true treasure
BY David Snyder
August 7, 2013

Sally Bormel was congenial, down-to-earth and genuine. Eating breakfast at Fields one morning in the mid-1990s, Ben Marks quickly learned that one thing Bormel wasn’t was shy. Both 68 at the time, Bormel had observed Marks in Fields before and decided that now was the time to spark a conversation. They hit it off. A CONTINUE »