Tom Kahn, Capitol Hill’s Voice of Reason, Retires

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Being politically active was a must for Tom Kahn. He grew up in a home where Jewish identity, Israel and politics were the most common subjects discussed at the dinner table, and that led him to find his moral compass in a niche area of public  policy: the federal budget. Kahn, 60, retired last month… Read More

Congregation’s Dream, Neighbors’ Headache Chabad Synagogue Battle Reminiscent of Cases Around State, Country

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As Rabbi Velvel Belinsky heads into the second round of hearings over his proposed Chabad synagogue in Pikesville, rabbis and attorneys from the Baltimore area and beyond are reminded of a myriad of similar cases in which it was community versus synagogue or mosque or church. Chabad synagogues throughout Maryland and the country have faced… Read More

With Passing of Its Namesake, Tina’s Antiques to Close Shop

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A staple of Reisterstown’s Main Street and one of many businesses that gave the historic district its “antique row” designation will soon close its doors following the passing of its owner. Tina’s Antiques is due to close at the end of April, but employees may extend the closing date to clear more merchandise out. The… Read More

Mechoulam Talks Cannabis Research, Medical Uses

Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam spoke about medical cannabis in Baltimore on April 14. (Photo by Marc Shapiro)

Raphael Mechoulam, a pioneering Israeli cannabis researcher, spoke at MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, in Baltimore on April 14 about his research, medical uses for cannabis and what the future of research may hold. Dr. Dan Morhaim, a District 11 delegate and longtime proponent of medical cannabis, began by asking, “Why is this plant… Read More

Grandparents Seek Support in Relating to Interfaith Grandchildren

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Columbia was founded with the intention to host a religiously diverse community, and Howard County as a whole has embraced that. This makes the first meeting of the Grandparents Circle at Temple Isaiah nothing if not appropriate. The program is hosted  nationally by Big Tent Judaism, an organization that pushes the Jewish community to be… Read More

A Land Flowing With Milk, Honey and … Water Desalination Innovation Infiltrates Israel’s Economy

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Even as one of the world’s smallest countries, Israel is in its second decade of progress toward tackling one of the world’s largest problems: water scarcity. One of Israel’s efforts toward making its water usage more efficient and environmentally sustainable came to fruition in 2005 with the construction of the Ashkelon Desalination Plant on the… Read More