Seder on the Circus Train

Matt Loory joined the circus in 2013. (Provided)

Many young children dream of running away to join the circus, but few grow up to spend their days crisscrossing the United States on tour with the Greatest Show on Earth. As head chef and pie car manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus blue unit, Matthew Loory spends 48 weeks of… Read More

Character Building Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood

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NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The stacks of kosher-for-Passover jelly rings and chocolate pops across the narrow aisle? The facing bins spilling over with peanut butter chews and… Read More

The Changing Face of Poverty Cities, no longer the only centers of poverty, bequeath its effects to suburbs

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A little more than a year ago, Mrs. Y and her husband were both employed full-time. They were able to pay their bills, including the mortgage on their Pikesville home, and support their teenage daughter and baby boy. But in February, with her human services employer downsizing quickly, Mrs. Y lost her job. Her husband,… Read More

My Family Story Local eighth graders delve into their family histories

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Through musical displays, videos and visual arts, local eighth grade students related their personal family history and connection to Judaism as part of the My Family Story project, a global educational program sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot — The Museum of the Jewish People. Two Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School students, Rivi Goloskov and Eitan Murinson,… Read More

What’s Next for the Israeli Left? J Street Conference presses forward on two-state solution, support for liberal parties

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WASHINGTON — When self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street selected “A Clear Choice for a Better Future” as the theme of its fifth annual conference, organizers hoped that the Israeli election results would have shown a leftward shift. So with the decisive March 17 victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the run-up to… Read More

White House Goes After ‘Occupation’

White House Chief of Staff James McDonough

WASHINGTON — After remaining largely silent since 2011 on what borders a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would encompass, the White House once again reanimated its call for the borders of two future states to be based on “1967 borders.” Delivering the keynote address to around 3,000 attendees at this year’s… Read More

Senior Hillel executive resigns

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WASHINGTON — The controversy over Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut’s withdrawal from J Street’s annual conference has claimed its first victim: David Eden, the group’s chief administrative officer. According to Fingerhut, Eden has left Hillel to work as a consultant and to resume “other projects” he was working on “prior to joining the Hillel family.”… Read More

Legislators Take Up Police Accountability

Police officers and activists packed the House Judiciary Committee meeting room, where legislators heard testimony about a variety of police accountability bills, including one bill that would alter Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
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Law enforcement accountability has been at the forefront of the national conversation for months, sparked by the August killing of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo. In Maryland, state legislators and advocates are pushing for reforms to increase police accountability. On Thursday, March 12 in the House Judiciary Committee, advocates from Jews… Read More

Israeli Innovation Extends to Weed

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Israel is widely known as the “startup nation” for the plethora of innovation coming out of its tech-savvy entrepreneurs and researchers. And when it comes to medicinal cannabis, Israel does not disappoint. From state-of-the-art vaporizers to groundbreaking research, Israel continues to advance the idea that marijuana can be used to treat a host of diseases,… Read More

Saltzman Joins CAC Board

Oren D. Saltzman, managing member of the regional law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, was elected to the board of trustees of the Community Action Council of Howard County. The CAC “provides programs and services to low-income residents of Howard County in order to alleviate the effects of poverty; to promote self-sufficiency… Read More