Wellwood To Get Air Conditioning In One Year

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Wellwood International Elementary School is one of five Baltimore County schools that will have air conditioning installed, thanks to a new pledge by the county executive. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced $17.2 million in funding to cover the county’s share of the $29.2 million cost of installing air conditioning at Wellwood and four other… Read More

Poll Suggests Jewish Organizations Not Accessible

Results from a new poll conducted by RespectAbilityUSA and Jerusalem U found that many Jews support the inclusion of disabled Jews in Jewish organizations and events, but suggest that many of these venues and organizations aren’t practicing what their members preach. Of 2,607 Jews surveyed, 223 reported having a disability, and 594 reported having a… Read More

Fish Farming

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When Ellen Perlman heard about aquaponics through a chance meeting, it perked up the environmentalist in her. “I am very interested in saving the planet and sustainability,” she said. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d be farming fish.” After taking a course in Florida taught by James Rakocy, the father of modern aquaponics, Perlman… Read More

‘Immoral Conduct’ Costs Area Physician His License

A local Jewish doctor, who served patients through the White Square Obstetrics and Gynecology practice on Franklin Square Drive, earlier this summer had his medical licensed suspended. Dr. Saul J. Weinreb, former president of the board of Ohr Chadash Academy, was charged by the Maryland Board of Physicians in summer 2013 with “immoral conduct in… Read More

N.J. Company Introduces Automated LED Yahrzeit Lights

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W&E Baum, a Freehold, N.J.-based company, recently patented a technology that allows synagogue memorial boards to require minimal maintenance and that can automatically turn yahrzeit lights on and off. The automated yahrzeit lighting is available on new boards or can be retrofitted for old memorial boards. The system uses LED lights, which have a long… Read More

Move Over, Ralph Lauren

Native Baltimorean Stuart Andrew Berman has only one week left to “kickstart” his latest menswear design — two-in-one cargo shorts that go from the beach to dinner. What makes this item special is not just that they’re made of a unique fabric — TransDRY, which wicks moisture away from the body; Berman is also designing… Read More

Disappear Fear Releasing New Album Sept. 17 in Baltimore

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For SONiA Rutstein, releasing her new album in Baltimore was a no-brainer. “This is my community,” the singer-songwriter and leader of Disappear Fear said via email. “From my bat mitzvah at Beth El Congregation, [my] classmates at Pikesville High, being a member of Beit Tikvah now … these are my peeps.” Disappear Fear releases its… Read More

What Is Jewish Unity?

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This year, the Torah portions Nitzavim and Vayelech were read together on Aug. 30. However, Nitzavim is considered to be related to Rosh Hashanah and Vayelech to Yom Kippur. Both parshiot have similar messages — they speak about Jewish unity. According to Torah commentators, on Rosh Hashanah (in Nitzavim), the Jewish unity referred to is… Read More

A Strong Personal Connection

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore recently announced the launch of an Israel Engagement Center to develop and fund strategies and initiatives that help connect Jewish Baltimore to Israel. It is not a physical center, it is a concept — of making Israel more central in our community’s mind. Co-chairing the initiative are Michael… Read More

Invaluable Initiative

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Masa Israel Journey and the Israel Action Network recently launched their inaugural Masa-Israel Action Network Fellowship, in which alumni of long-term, immersive Masa Israel programs gain insight about the State of Israel advocacy in the United States and receive tools to help them counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in their communities. The goal of… Read More