City Council Conflict Differing messages about councilwoman’s removal from committees

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When Northwest Baltimore Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector was removed from all but one of her committee assignments last month, the official message from the City Council was that Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wanted to get some fresh blood into the city’s 12 committees. Last week, that message changed. “What Rikki did, she crossed… Read More

Watchful Eyes London Jewish community heightens already tight security after Paris attacks

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LONDON — Guards, CCTV, locked gates, 24-hour surveillance: These are some of the security measures that Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues in the United Kingdom and Europe have in place. The protections are especially striking compared to what can seem like little or no security at Jewish communal buildings in the United States. Still,… Read More

Obama Talks Paid Sick Leave The president was in town for the Senate Democrats’ conference

President Barack Obama poses for a selfie with the staff at Charmington’s in Baltimore City. The cafe and coffee shop's managing partner spoke with the president about paid sick leave and family leave. (Provided)

Amanda Rothschild found out she’d be hosting the president at her coffee shop and café on Thursday, Jan. 15, about 90 minutes before his arrival. While there was a rush of emotions when White House staff told her President Barack Obama would be coming to Charmington’s in Baltimore City, where she is managing partner, Rothschild… Read More

Icy Crash Takes Life of ‘Facebuker Rebbe’

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An icy crash in Harford County early Sunday morning took the life of a well-known Orthodox rabbi and sent four others to the hospital. Rabbi Dovid Winiarz, 49, of Staten Island, N.Y., was on his way to the 26th Association for Jewish Outreach Professionals Convention at the Hunt Valley Inn when icy road conditions caused… Read More

Ohio Rabbi Apprehended in N.Y. for Alleged Sex Crime in Maryland

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Rabbi Ephraim Karp, director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, was arrested in New York Jan. 15 on an active felony warrant from Maryland. According to the Queens, N.Y., district attorney’s office, Karp has been charged by the state of Maryland with perverted practice,… Read More

Freshmen Begin Session

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After hearing speeches from Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, state House Speaker Michael Busch (D-District 30) and U.S. Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and signing in her first day as delegate for Maryland’s 11th District, Shelly Hettleman was navigating the halls of the State House to get her computer. It was one of many orientation rituals she… Read More

Neuberger Gets Probation for Assault

A prominent Baltimore lawyer and the son of a Ner Israel Rabbinical College founder was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation for second-degree assault. Isaac Neuberger, 67, an attorney at Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin and Gibber, P.A., and the son of longtime Ner Israel president Rabbi Herman Neuberger, received his sentence after the state… Read More

Punishing Blow? Rand Paul’s bid to reel in P.A. is turning heads in Congress

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Having failed in the past to harness Congressional ire with the Palestinians and hold U.S. aid in the balance, the newest effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to defund the Palestinian Authority is generating positive reactions on both sides of the aisle. His bill, introduced on the first day of the 114th Congress, would prohibit… Read More

Online Excitement Money, influence at stake in U.S. Zionist elections

WASHINGTON — One day last week, Alyssa Gabay opened her laptop on her kitchen table, and with a few clicks cast her vote in an international Jewish election that could influence how millions of dollars are spent as well as the Jewish complexion of Israel. “Voting came with a sense of excitement but also nervousness,”… Read More

Israel’s Fallen

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“There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him. That I don’t think of my pain and the pain of the others whose children were killed. It is not easy,” says Shosh Goldmacher, whose son Nadav, a 23-year-old resident of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, was killed by an anti-tank missile when he… Read More