The Hogan Era

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Newly sworn-in Gov. Larry Hogan started his tenure in office with a bang last week when he announced his 2016 budget, following through on his campaign promise to close the state’s looming budget gap. “Maryland’s FY 2016 budget establishes balance without slashing agencies, laying off workers and while fully funding education and all of our… Read More

Negotiating the Negev

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David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, and native Bedouin tribes against an influx of immigrants and longtime Israeli urban-dwellers. Only 8 percent of Israel’s population lives in the vast Negev region, an… Read More

Nisman Mystery

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The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people — was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to present… Read More

Kamenetz Proposes Stormwater Fee Reduction

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is proposing a reduction in the stormwater management fee, known derisively as the “rain tax,” by about one-third, for homes, businesses and nonprofits. “The Council and I have been discussing ways to reduce this fee for some time,” Kamenetz said in a press release. “This has been a collaborative effort,… Read More

Pikesville Guidance Counselor to be Honored at White House

A local high school guidance counselor will be received at the White House by the offices of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and the American School Counselor Association. Jeremy Goldman, school counseling department chair at Pikesville High School, was named one of the 16 national semifinalists for the ASCA’s National School Counselor… Read More

Krieger Schechter Wins $1,000 BGE Grant

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Krieger Schechter Day School was awarded $1,000 by Baltimore Gas and Electric for its entry in the company’s Wires Down Video Challenge. The school was one of 11 elementary schools awarded prizes out of 26 video submissions from 24 participating schools. The $10,000 winner was Sarah M. Roach Elementary School in Baltimore City; Northwood Elementary… Read More

New Coalition Aims to Strengthen Pikesville Schools

How does a school, in an area saturated with choices both public and private, rise above persistent rumors and misconceptions? Pikesville Middle School advocates are hoping the answer lies with a new dynamic principal, a newly formed schools coalition and support from CHAI. CHAI decided to expand outreach to Pikesville, taking a cue from its… Read More

Life Well-Lived

Just weeks before he passed away, Rabbi Dovid Edelman spoke at the special 90th birthday celebration at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy, where he was director for over 64 years. (Provided)

When he passed away on Jan. 2 at age 90, Rabbi Dovid Edelman left behind his wife, Leah, their eight children, approximately 100 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, as well as three generations of students. Although family members and friends had no choice but to share him, according to grandson, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum of Baltimore, almost… Read More

Custody battle in Vienna generating international uproar

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VIENNA — In an apartment in the Austrian capital, Beth Alexander is deleting hundreds of photos of her 5-year-old twin boys from Facebook. In one picture, Benjamin and Samuel are laughing as they hold a toy. In another they are waiting to be served lunch in their native Vienna. The ordinary snapshots are the kind… Read More

‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

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LOS ANGELES — On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German. The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in contemporary… Read More