EXCLUSIVE: Top Claims Conference officials carried out own botched probe of 2001 fraud

Uriel Heilman JTA Wire Service The Claims Conference in recent days has blamed a now-dead regional director for bungling an early warning in 2001 about a massive fraud scheme that wasn’t halted until 2009. But a document obtained by JTA shows top conference officials were sufficiently concerned by the allegations that they launched their own… Read More

Rash Of Pedestrian Accidents Leaves Community Shaken

The scene along Old Court Road and Estates Court on May 10 has become one all too familiar in Baltimore County in recent weeks. Police and EMS providers responded at 7:44 a.m. that day to a report of a crash involving a 2009 Honda CRV and a pedestrian. The victim, Damien Graham, 30, of the… Read More

University Of Md. Alum Upset 50-Year Reunion Scheduled On Shavuot

By David Snyder staff reporter A 1963 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Pikesville resident Michael Benson had been eagerly awaiting his class’ 50-year reunion this spring. That is, until he learned of the event’s date.

Bad Hair Day Story Makes The Cut

“Haircuts are usually traumatic for me,” said Phyllis Woolford of Mays Chapel. So Woolford, 64, did what comes naturally. She wrote about it. As it turned out, Woolford’s short story, “Just a Little Off the Top,” won first prize in midlifecollage.com’s weekly writing contest. This is the second time one of Woolford’s stories has been… Read More

Performer Cavanaugh ‘brings’ Elton John to this year’s SPOTLIGHT 2013

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They’ll remember when rock was young at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School when entertainer Michael Cavanaugh performs the songs of Elton John. Cavanaugh is headlining the school’s annual Spotlight event on June 4. It will be his second time at Spotlight; he was such a hit in 2010, when he performed a Billy Joel… Read More

Israel Integrating Arabs into High-Tech World

Four years ago, the Israeli government named Nazareth a national priority area, meaning that Israel’s largest Arab city would be granted economic incentives as a preferential area and firms that relocate to the city are entitled to tax breaks. Recently, the first industrial park in Nazareth was officially opened in April by Israeli entrepreneur and… Read More

Streisand to receive honorary doctorate from Hebrew U.

JTA Wire Service Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctorate from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Streisand, the iconic Jewish-American singer and actress, will be presented with the degree at a ceremony on June 17 during the Hebrew University International Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. In a statement, the university said Streisand was being… Read More

Paris suburb shuts down unlicensed Jewish preschool

JTA Wire Service A suburban Paris municipality ordered the closure of an unlicensed Jewish preschool. City officials in Charenton, south of the French capital, closed the preschool there last month following complaints and a surprise inspection, the Le Parisien daily reported last week. The preschool, which served about 50 toddlers since its opening about one… Read More

Man who raped Holocaust survivor sentenced to jail

JTA Wire Service An Australian man who sexually assaulted a Holocaust survivor was sentenced to up to five years in prison. Robert Webb, 39, was sentenced to a minimum of three years in jail for the 1991 attack. Arrested and charged in 2011, Webb could be released within a year given time served, according to… Read More

Syria At A Standstill

Proposed peace conference has hosts, will it have any guests? From Washington and Jerusalem, it’s hard to tell the good news from the bad in the stalemate that is the Syrian civil war. This week the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad appeared to gain some ground and momentum against the rebels fighting to force… Read More