Falk Leaves Hopkins Hillel for AIPAC

After more than four years with Johns Hopkins University’s Hopkins Hillel, assistant director Jonathan Falk left his post April 19 to become associate area director in Baltimore for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “It’s a great opportunity for him; he was ready for the next step,” said Hopkins Hillel director Rabbi Debbie Pine. “He… Read More

White House Honors Lubavitcher Rebbe

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A delegation from Chabad-Lubavitch was welcomed in the Oval Office on Monday to commemorate Education and Sharing Day, USA, which honors the life’s work of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Established by Congress in 1978, every year on Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson’s birthday, the day recongizes the late rabbi for his contributions in the “fields of education… Read More

Locals Lend a Hand During Baltimore Unrest

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While some members of the Jewish community were out in west Baltimore helping clean up trash and debris on Tuesday morning after protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned to rioting and looting, others did their part in northwest Baltimore. Wednesday morning, members of the Northwest Citizens Patrol were out at the Orthodox day… Read More

Peaceful protests turn to rioting and widespread looting

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After a weekend of peaceful protests with some isolated violence, Baltimore fell victim to rioting on Monday that saw looting and car fires and masked youths throwing rocks at firefighters and police and clashing with other civilians. “It’s just heartbreaking,” City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, who represents Northwest Baltimore, said of the widespread damage. “I… Read More

The Jewish Community and Freddie Gray Protests

Thousands of people chanted and waved signs as they marched from West Baltimore toward City Hall Saturday afternoon, in a mostly peaceful demonstration to protest the alleged mistreatment and death of Freddie Gray and demand increased police accountability. Gray, 25, was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, and sustained severe injuries of unknown origin… Read More

Shave and a Haircut

Dawn Koslowski is the owner of 18|8 Salon, which opened in Quarry Lake last month. 
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There’s a new salon in town, and while clients can go there for face treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing and hair coloring, the target audience may surprise most. 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons opened on March 13 in Quarry Lake, bringing the comfort and style of a beauty parlor to Pikesville’s male population. “I felt like… Read More

Jewish Marylander held by al-Qaida killed in U.S. operation

A United States government counterterrorism operation in January resulted in the accidental death of two hostages held by al-Qaida, including Warren Weinstein of Rockville. Weinstein, 73, had been held by al-Qaida in Pakistan since 2011. Also killed was Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been held since 2012. Weinstein was a former official… Read More

Lighting the Way

In its first three days, the crowdsourced fundraising campaign for the Kosher Switch nearly met its $50,000 goal.

NEW YORK — It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, kosher — way to turn light switches (and, perhaps, other electrical appliances) on and off during Shabbat, circumventing one of the… Read More

My Vote, Our Israel

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The deadline is rapidly approaching on the other Israel election. April 30 is the last day eligible U.S. voters can cast a ballot for representation to the 37th World Zionist Congress, the legislative branch of the World Zionist Organization, which meets every five years to decide matters related to global Jewry and Zionism and oversees… Read More

At Home in the Lab

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BEERSHEVA, Israel — In sync with a worldwide momentum to attract more women to STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for their study and career choices, Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) is spearheading a concerted nationwide effort to attract and retain more women into academia in those fields. The results from… Read More