Documentary Under Way To Tell The Story Of Streit’s Matzo

JT intern From the moment Michael Levine poked his head into a first-floor window of the tenement buildings that house Streit’s Matzo factory, he knew there was an incredible story just waiting to be told. Streit’s Matzo is not your average large-scale food manufacturer. The last family-owned matzo factory in America, it remains in the… Read More

Electric car company Better Place files for bankruptcy in Israel

JTA Wire Service The electric car company Better Place filed for bankruptcy in an Israeli court. In a motion filed Sunday in Tel Aviv’s Central District Court to dissolve the company, Better Place said it was looking for a temporary liquidator. The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., fired about half its staff last October…. Read More

Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

JTA Wire Service Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions. Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy. The spokesperson said that some mikvahs, or ritual baths, had blocked Conservative and Reform… Read More

Safe & Sound

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Since the fateful morning of Dec. 14, 2012, schools around the country have turned greater attention toward securing their facilities and ensuring the safety of their faculty, staff and students. The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead, has caused school leaders across the… Read More

Kotel Clash: One Baltimoreans First-hand Account

It seemed like a scene out of a novel. Piercing screams. Cries of “Nazi” and “traitor.” But this clash — a protest that resembled a mini-war — was not out of a Holocaust memoir or even a history textbook. It was the scene last Friday morning at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites… Read More

Internet Terror On The Rise

At conference, thought leaders call for change The Internet is teeming with recruitment sites for potential jihadists; how to sites for building bombs, and numerous forums in which terrorists can share and build upon their hate. “It’s very troubling. Unless we change what is happening in the Internet, we can expect many more Boston-style attacks,… Read More

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