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Largest-ever ordination class at Yeshiva University includes nine with local connections
BY Melissa Gerr
March 13, 2014

On March 23 Yeshiva University in New York City will ordain its largest-ever rabbinic class, conferring on 205 graduates — nine of them with ties to Maryland — from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary the title of rabbi. According to the university’s communications department, between 75 and 80 percent of its rabbinical program graduates CONTINUE »

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Home invasion, carjacking attempt worry residents
BY Marc Shapiro
March 13, 2014

For young couples looking to raise families in a Jewish neighborhood, the close-knit neighboring communities of Pikesville and Park Heights are attractive places. But for some, recent incidents of crime have tarnished that vision. “We’re really concerned, because we moved to this part of town because it was more of a quiet, safe part of CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
March 13, 2014

In response to the growing unrest in Ukraine, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced the launch of a Ukraine Assistance Fund to provide support for that country’s Jewish community. “One hundred percent of all funds raised will support relief efforts; funds will ensure home deliveries of food, medicine, heating and cooking fuel to CONTINUE »

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Opposition to BJC-backed anti-boycott bill succeeds in watering down legislation
BY Suzanne Pollak and Heather Norris
March 13, 2014

Those both for and against a bill in Annapolis that would financially penalize any college that was involved in an academic boycott of any country with which Maryland has an official relationship had some strong words for the legislature last week during lengthy committee hearings in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. The CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
March 7, 2014

Maryland’s House of Delegates voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017 on March 7. The bill passed with a vote of 89 to 46. The move to increase the minimum from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour has been a key theme in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s final year in office and CONTINUE »