Mission Possible

Andrew Razumovsky co-chairs the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership with Brett Cohen.

A more than 20-year relationship is changing. Or strengthening may be a better word. The Baltimore-Odessa Partnership, the first such sister city relationship for any American city with a city in the former Soviet Union, is making strides to connect on more and deeper levels. It all started last spring, when a group of hand-selected… Read More

Still A Magnetic Personality

Shoshi Wolf Ponzcak says Rachel Minkove (right) loved cooking and 
eating Shabbat meals.
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From the time she was able to run to her neighbors’ homes and invite them over for Shabbat dinner, Rachel Minkove had a natural knack for bringing people together. It’s only fitting that even after her passing in late July, Minkove’s spirit — along with the shear thought of her beaming smile and relentless optimism… Read More

It’s All About Integrity

For the first time since 1996, no living players were selected for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The voting results come in a year when players like all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young winner, were eligible for the first time. But both players had… Read More

Easier For Israelis

A bill to include Israel in America’s visa waiver program was introduced Jan. 15 into the House of Representatives. The program allows travelers from Israel to visit America for business or pleasure for up to 90 days without a visa. Thirty-seven countries already are in the program, including many European countries, Australia, Singapore and Japan…. Read More

Legislative Session Under Way

While there may not be a massive, looming budget crisis, and the state may even retire its structural deficit, there are a few key issues that are likely to be on the top of the General Assembly’s agenda. Cailey Locklair, director of government relations for the Baltimore Jewish Council, reported, “We’ve begun meetings with cabinet… Read More

Day School Teacher Charged With Abuse

A physical education teacher at the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew has been suspended following charges of child abuse. Foye C. Minton, 33, was arrested on Jan. 10 at around noon at the day school. He has been charged with child abuse following an investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit,… Read More

‘Detour’ Dave Cell-A-Brates!

“Detour” Dave Sandler” will be the special guest at this year’s Hadassah Cell-A-Brate event.

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Happy Birthday “Detour” Dave Sandler! Today, Jan. 11, Sandler, WBAL’s longtime traffic reporter, turns 52. When he collapsed on a softball field in August 2009, it was not at all clear that he would live to see another birthday. “I was ‘clinically dead’ with no pulse and no respiration,” said Sandler. Thankfully, his softball team… Read More

Expanded Options?

A Montgomery County lawmaker plans on proposing legislation during the General Assembly that would allow residents to purchase kosher wine from out-of-state stores and online retailers. Del. Sam Arora (D-19) said his bill would expand options to Marylanders two years after the state ended its longtime ban on direct-purchase wines; the 2011 legislation only applied… Read More

Fiscal Cliff Avoided?

The nation narrowly has avoided falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, at least for a brief time. Congress retained most tax cuts and cut some spending but continued to put off deeper cuts. The House of Representatives remains deeply divided and at odds with the president but still passed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans,… Read More

Neuman to O’Malley’s Office

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Stephen Neuman as his new director of public affairs. Neuman began his job as a top adviser to the governor in early January. The veteran Washington political operative, a lawyer, is expected to prove valuable to the state and also to Gov. O’Malley personally should the governor decide to run… Read More