Industrious New Director

Anita Kassof (Photo by Caroline Earp)

Former associate director at the Jewish Museum of Maryland Anita Kassof, who is “thrilled to be back in Baltimore and to be committing to this community again,” has found her new home and her latest mission at the Baltimore Museum of Industry as its new executive director. Kassof, who has spent the past four years… Read More

A Very Real Challenge

For Orthodox Jews, President Barack Obama’s proposed tax reforms present a numbers-crunching paradox: Income he designates as well-off may mean just getting by for large families. Obama’s 2015 budget, which was introduced Monday, aims to offset economic breaks to upper-income families to help working- and middle-class Americans, a key goal of his State of the… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Woman’s 11-Year Get Battle Comes to an End

Cynthia Ohana with three of her five children, (from left) Gavi, Tamar and Adina.
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After separating from her husband 12 years ago and divorcing nearly 10 years ago, Cynthia Ohana has finally received a get, a divorce document sanctioned by Jewish law necessary in order to remarry. On Jan. 23, Ohana’s attorney, Larry Feldman, who worked on the case pro-bono for 11 years, reached an agreement with Tim Faith,… Read More

Yeshiva Students Experience Haiti

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The second she stepped off the plane, Esther Shmunis knew she was in a place unlike any other she’d been to before. The terminal was “miniscule,” the Silver Spring resident said. Advertisements and stores were low budget, people were wearing clothing that looked like it was from another decade. Outside the airport, there were police… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Pikesville Middle Designated a Lighthouse

Pikesville Middle School has been chosen as a “Lighthouse” school beginning next fall. Lighthouse schools are among the first in Baltimore County to put into action the vision of the Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) program, tagged as “the move to digital learning.” As part of the program, all incoming Pikesville sixth-graders will be… Read More

Bor Named Pearlstone Professor

Hana Bor, a professor at Towson University’s Department of Family Studies and Community Development, has been selected as the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor. It is the first time the professorship has been conferred since the Baltimore Hebrew University was folded into Towson as the Baltimore Hebrew Institute. With the additional resources of the professorship, Bor… Read More

From Awareness to Inclusion Quarter century after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how far have we come?

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When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago this July, President George H.W. Bush aimed to change the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities. According to Virginia Knowlton Marcus, executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center, the broad-based law mandated access to governmental services, employment, business and… Read More