Crime Continues to Fall in Baltimore County

It’s getting safer to live in Baltimore County, including for those who live in the Northwest corridor. According to statistics released last week by the Baltimore County Police Department, violent crime was down 12.1 percent in the Pikesville precinct and 14.2 percent in the Franklin precinct in 2012, when compared with the five-year averages. However,… Read More

Dealing With Death

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“We’re all human, and at some point in our lives, we are going to suffer a loss,” said Janet B. Kurland, senior care specialist at Jewish Community Services. In its 15th year, the Irvin B. Levinson Memorial Lecture Series on Death, Dying and Bereavement — created and coordinated by Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. and… Read More

Room With A View

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Even as a seasoned thrill-seeker, Jared Weiner, 18, says no amusement park ride compares to the exhilaration of the Rappel for Kidney Health.

At 9 months old, Jared Weiner was diagnosed with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, a rare genetic deformation that enlarges the kidneys and can negatively impact the liver and spleen. At 10, he made it through a lifesaving kidney transplant. He’s endured pneumonia and kidney stones. He’s had biopsies, routine blood draws and ultrasounds. Every… Read More

Over The Wire

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For all the crime statistics and delinquency portrayed on “The Wire,” and even reported in The Baltimore Sun, downtown Baltimore is still an amazing place to be. You can drive less than five minutes and find something exciting to do. There are bright lights and hons and foods lathered in Old Bay. Sure, it can… Read More

Talks Continue

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Holocaust survivor Ruben Sztajer says, “It should be moved to where  it is more accessible to the Jewish community and to those who could best appreciate its value to others.”

Discussions are underway about moving Baltimore’s Holocaust Memorial from its current downtown location on Lombard Street adjacent to the now-closed Bard building, which is owned by Baltimore City Community College. But, said Dr. Arthur C. Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, there are no specific plans. Abramson said there have been discussions with… Read More

‘Filler-Up’ — How is Your Communication?

Gas prices are on the rise again. Years ago, most gas stations were full service. For the uninitiated, this meant that a service-station att-endant would come out, wash the windows of your car, check the fluid levels and fill up your tank, after hearing “filler-up,” followed by either “regular” or “unleaded.” Enough with the awkward… Read More

Advocacy Day

Temple Emanuel students Aaron Israel, Sara Abramson, Morgan Caplan and Rachel Yarsky talk with Del. Jon Cardin. (Photo by Justin Tsucalas)

As an employee with Jewish Community Services, Joan Cohen said she often sees firsthand the struggles facing the community. Cohen wants to ensure that those most in need can receive help and that those with the power to take action are aware of the help that is needed. That desire was in part what motivated… Read More

Life-and-Death Issue

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Rabbi Seth Bernstein said his understanding of Jewish law is that the preservation of human life takes precedent above all else. The Howard County Board of Rabbis president believes this is true even for murderers. That is why Bernstein is among a growing list of religious leaders supporting Maryland officials in repealing the death penalty…. Read More

Slamming on the Breaks

Jay Bernstein has rallied together more than a dozen organizations to take a stand against auto manufacturers doing business in Iran. (Photo by Justin Tsucalas)

Nissan, Volkswagon, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda and Peugeot continue to do business with Iran, the world’s most prominent state sponsor of terror and a country that is pursuing an illegal nuclear weapons program. The Baltimore Zionist District and United Against a Nuclear Iran have joined forces with more than a dozen other organizations — Jewish and… Read More

Attention on Deck!

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Let’s pretend this is JDate for a minute. Now, meet Josh Sherwin. Josh is a 31-year-old lieutenant stationed at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. You’d be safe with this nice Jewish officer and gentleman even if he had not earned a black belt from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. He served three tours in… Read More