EU Guidelines

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)

While new European Union guidelines directed at Israel’s settlement activity caused an uproar in Israel and consternation among many of its supporters, the rules’ real power seems for now to be largely symbolic. But the rules, which would ban EU funding to Israeli institutions in the West Bank, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem beginning Jan…. Read More

Cloud Of Secrecy

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We don’t know. That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced Friday and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington. We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners or agree to negotiate based on its pre-1967 borders. We don’t… Read More

Special Volunteers

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It all started last year when a student approached Dr. Linda Samuels, high school science teacher at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore. The student asked Dr. Samuels for help finding summer work in a lab. Dr. Samuels began asking around and eventually got into contact with Dr. Daniel Edelman of the National Cancer Institute of the… Read More

Super Teacher

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Mary Jo Giulioni, third-grade teacher and co-director of the Resource Program at Torah Institute, which works with children with learning differences, is spending the summer reminiscing about the last three decades — three decades spent working at an Orthodox Jewish school. What makes those 30 years even more special is that Giulioni is Catholic. “The… Read More

A Clear Vision

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Although Dr. S. Dallas Dance’s office sits high on a hill at the Baltimore County Public Schools headquarters on North Charles Street, there can be no mistake: This superintendent is grounded in what is necessary to move the county and its diverse student population forward. Earlier this summer, Dr. Dance sat down with the Baltimore… Read More

Flowers For Powers

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While many 10-year-olds are busy spending their summers relaxing with friends after long hot days at camp, Lexi Thomas and Abby Levin are trekking around Baltimore spreading light, joy and happiness to the sick and the elderly. The girls founded their own nonprofit called Flowers for Powers and just recently received official nonprofit status. It… Read More

Verstandig Picks Up The Pieces

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Driving by the old Fields building in the 1400 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, most people might see an eyesore. But commercial realtor Carl Verstandig sees opportunity. His company, Pikesville-based America’s Realty, purchased the building in June and plans to rebuild and revamp it, and fill it with new tenants. “What we do is… Read More

Making Moves on Main Street

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The history of Reisterstown’s Main Street goes back to the 1700s, when town founder John Reister first bought land and built an inn. Some 300 years later, the shape of the historic buildings, brick sidewalks and small-town feel are reminiscent of Reisterstown’s deep roots. In recent years, Main Street seemed to be on the decline…. Read More

Tamir Goodman Debuts Basketball Training Creation

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It seems like a long time ago that Talmudical Academy of Baltimore graduate Tamir Goodman was solely known for being a professional basketball player. Since hanging up his high tops in 2009, he’s become a public speaker, a writer and an inventor. Last week, Goodman, 31, unveiled his latest creation, and this one undoubtedly takes… Read More

Park School Student Earns National Merit Scholarship

The selection committee at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses SAT scores to whittle down a field of 1.5 million college scholarship applicants to a smaller group of semifinalists. After that, the organization examines extracurricular and community activities engaged in by the student. When one looks at the overall contributions from Ben Miller, who graduated… Read More