Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, Passes Away

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As tens of thousands prayed for the recovery of the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef, he passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, at the age of 93, with his family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders and President Shimon Peres at his side. Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef was… Read More

School Bus Flips Over on Greensping Avenue

A school bus en route to Pikesville Middle School with 10 students overturned Friday morning on Greenspring Avenue, according to Baltimore County Police. Five children and the bus driver, a woman, were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said. The bus flipped in the 10800 block of Greenspring Avenue, near Hillside Drive in… Read More

Dressed

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Just before Maria Patricia de Sousa set out for a yearlong stint at a seminary in Jerusalem seven years ago, she stopped by the house of an Orthodox Jewish woman in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She wanted to find out about life in Jerusalem — where to eat, how to get around,… Read More

An All-Too-Real Hardship

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Beth Newman has been working as a statistician at the Census Bureau for more than a year, but when she arrived at the office early Tuesday morning it wasn’t because she was eager to get a jump on the day’s work but because she, like tens of thousands of other federal employees, had to sign… Read More

NJDC Names Rabbi Moline

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Jack Moline, the rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation of Northern Virginia since 1987, is stepping down to become executive director at the National Jewish Democratic Council He replaces David Harris, who left the NJDC in December 2012 following what some saw as decreased Jewish support for the Democratic Party. He had led the organization for… Read More

Styling Made Simple

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Right off Pikesville’s Hooks Lane, Baltimore native Lauren Rutkovitz  and her team of styling experts are busy making Baltimore women look and feel their best. With its warm turquoise walls, A Style Studio is a full-service makeup studio mixed with a clothes and accessories boutique, dedicated to providing women — all women — the opportunity… Read More

Levin Eyecare’s Unique Business Model

Howard (left) and Richard Levin’s Pikesville eye care group is expanding. (Marc Shapiro)

Every aging doctor needs a safety net and a way to retire comfortably, but some don’t have that. Those who run independent practices might not have the means to keep their practice going when they decide it’s time to step away. That’s where Levin Eyecare comes in. The father-and-son team of Howard, 67, and Richard,… Read More

Remembering The Humanitarian Project That Time Forgot

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Asbury Park, N.J., is widely known for the Jersey Shore and Bruce Springsteen. While these certainly make the city a noteworthy place, Asbury Park is also the setting of an extraordinary tale of humanitarianism that started with one couple simply doing what they thought was right, a story time has forgotten. In August 1952, Rose… Read More

Philanthropic Revolution?

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“Revolutionize sounds very in vogue,” said Marc B. Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. “But I don’t think the core principles of philanthropy and tzedakah are altered at all. The core principles are going to endure.” As president of an organization that raises upward of $30 million per year, Terrill is… Read More

The Great Outdoors

Bye, bye iPads and Game Boys. Hello, earthworms and squirrels and stones. A new lunch ‘n’ learn initiative at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Stoler Early Childhood Education Center is taking kids out of their classrooms and into the great outdoors. The concept is not a new one for the JCC, which has had a… Read More