Mayor, Police Commissioner Address City Crime

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Although crime in Baltimore City has been on the decline for the past three years, homicides are up 6 percent over last year, which deeply concerns Baltimore officials. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts spoke at a Baltimore Jewish Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 about the triumphs and challenges in… Read More

Jewish Christian?!

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Thousands of residents from Owings Mills and Reisterstown to as far as Silver Spring received an oversized postcard in the mail earlier this week asking the question, “Is it possible to be both Jewish and Christian?” Prominently juxtaposed to the inquiry were five distinct logos — those of Jews for Judaism, the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

Iranian Spy Captured In Israel

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran, Ali Mansuri,  was arrested on September 11, 2013.

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran was arrested on September 11th 2013 in Tel Aviv, this according to a statement released by Israel’s General Security Service (GSS). The man, named Alex Menes, aged 55, was arrested as he tried to leave Israel via Ben Gurian airport. In his interrogation it became apparent that he is… Read More

‘Ballots, Babies and Banners of Peace’

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Melissa R. Klapper is a trained historian of American women with a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She was disheartened by what she says is “the standard narrative of American history, leaving Jewish women out. Jewish women were recognized at the time of the movements, especially in the peace and birth-control movements, but historians haven’t paid… Read More

An Address In 21117

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It is a big sacrifice for an Orthodox family — especially one with five children — to live outside of a community with an eruv, an enclosure that allows one to carry items from inside his or her home around the neighborhood on Shabbat. It is likewise challenging for a frum family to raise its… Read More

Peach Pickin’ Good

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The Jewish Federation of Howard County helped kick off a sweet year for its PJ Library families. On Sept. 15, the PJ families picked peaches and other harvest fruits at Larriland Farm. The mouth-watering day came just in time for the Sukkot holiday. Yum! PJ Library Howard County was launched last year to serve the… Read More

Reconnect With the People

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The story of the Jews of the Former Soviet Union is an evolving one. It’s a story of suffering and distress, a story of incredible challenges — many of which were forfeited, equally as many of which were overcome. But mostly it is the story of a modern miracle. Twenty-five years after Operation Exodus —… Read More

Locked In

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The proposed changes to the teen curfew in the city of Baltimore don’t have much support in the city’s District 5 office. “I don’t see any advantage,” said Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle Spector, adding that she will learn more about the proposal when it reaches the hearing stage. “I’m not sure that it’s building a… Read More

$100M Redevelopment Coming To Rotunda

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A New Jersey-based real estate company will invest more than $100 million in redeveloping the Rotunda building on West 40th Street in Baltimore. Hekemian & Co., along with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City officials, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to officially kick off the redevelopment. “This building has been an icon… Read More

Gansler For Governor

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler officially announced his candidacy for governor on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Rockville at the Montgomery County Courthouse Square. “At my core, I am about protecting people, standing up for justice and fairness and never giving up on a fight when it’s right,” Gansler told the crowd. The Rockville announcement was… Read More