Shas Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Recovering From Back Surgery

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, is recovering from major back surgery. Yosef, 93, was scheduled to be transferred out of the intensive care unit on Tuesday from the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem following the procedure on his spine the previous day. The spiritual leader of the Sephardi… Read More

Sunday Spectacular

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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore invited members and their friends to the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on June 23 for its Sunday Spectacular. Participants took part in the center’s most popular classes – karate, frum beats and ballet, for example – and also enjoyed a moonbounce, crafts and other games.    

The Best Medicine

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“A godsend and a blessing.” That’s what Jeff Jones said when asked about the impact of Hackerman-Patz House volunteer Frada Wall on his son, Cameron, now 11. The Hackerman-Patz House Patient and Family Pavilion provides short- and long-term housing options for patients and caregivers who live out of town and are receiving treatment at Sinai… Read More

The Power To Heal

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Twenty years ago, Herschel Lazaroff was a businessman with a background in physics and psychology. He was healthy, but not overly. Then, in 1994, Lazaroff attended an energy workshop and was turned on to the field. He said at the workshop there was a woman who took pictures of people’s auras. She told him, “Your… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

There were many coincidences that informed my decision to personally travel to Sweden to deliver Machzorim to Lund. One of the most happy coincidences happened when I sent out a group e-mail asking if any of my cantorial colleagues had a Swedish connection. Imagine my surprise when Hazzan Edwin Gerber of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in… Read More

Acknowledging Failure On Sex Allegations, Norman Lamm Steps Down From Y.U.

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In his letter announcing he was stepping down as Yeshiva University’s chancellor and rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Norman Lamm acknowledged his failure to respond adequately to allegations of sexual abuse against Y.U. rabbis in the 1980s. Lamm, now 85, became the school’s third president and head of its rabbinic school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,… Read More

Vandalism Strikes Portland Jewish Institutions

Two Jewish institutions in Portland, Ore. — a synagogue and a community center — were defaced with racist graffiti. “White power” was written in red spray-paint on promotional banners at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Neveh Shalom, a Conservative synagogue, on June 27, police said, according to The Oregonian. Both institutions are located in… Read More

Special Committee: Machpela House Legally Purchased

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A special military committee ruled on July 1 that the Machpela House, situated in Hebron, was legally acquired by its Jewish owners. The house was purchased by Jews from its Arab owners, a process which took several years, according to Shlomo Levinger, who oversaw the purchasing of the home with a group of residents in… Read More

Terrorist Attack Thwarted In Hebron

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A female terrorist was caught a short while ago by Border Police at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, thanks to an alert policewoman. A Palestinian woman in her early twenties approached one of the checkpoints in the vicinity and raised the suspicion of the police stationed at the checkpoint. The policewoman stopped her… Read More

Stormwater Fee Legislation

In response to questions received since the Stormwater Fee legislation was passed by the City Council, below is an FAQ one-sheet from the Department of Public Works website. VIEW FAQs>> The Department of Public Works is now in the process of drawing up the precise regulations. When that is completed (later this summer), there will be… Read More