Lebanon Buckling Under Weight of Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees in Lebanon live 
in camps made of makeshift tents or in unfinished concrete block structures. Despite the efforts of the local Lebanese groups, refugees are often deprived of water and electricity for medical care.

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With reports from the United Nations that the number of refugees who have fled from Syria has passed the two-million mark — more than half of them children — neighbouring Lebanon is struggling to absorb the hundreds of thousands of who have sought safety across the nearest border. Officially, the number of Syrian refugees in… Read More

Say No To Sukkot Weight Gain

Rosh Hashanah has its shofar, apples and honey. Yom Kippur has its tefillot (prayers) and fasting. Chanukah has its menorah and draidel. Pesach has its Seders. Shavuot has its Torah. Sukkot, except for several symbols, is really about the joy of eating in the sukkah and enjoying the friends and family you have invited. This… Read More

‘Friends Are Watching’

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Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people. Some suggested that once again the tail was wagging the dog and Israel was leading the United… Read More

Baltimore Takes Action

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Protestors rally in Downtown Baltimore in support of building jobs in America rather than paying for a war against Syria See also, ‘Friends Are Watching’

Kalb Looks At Syria, AIPAC And ‘The Road To War’

When it comes to war, veteran reporter and commentator Marvin Kalb wants to turn back the clock. “When a president goes to war, he ought to take the country with him. That means he ought to take the Congress with him.” Franklin Roosevelt was the last president to ask Congress for a declaration of war…. Read More

A Tough Split

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For eight years, Irina Goldsmith has been taking her children, Jaxson, 12, and Payton, 10, to the youth duckpin bowling league at AMF Pikesville Lanes. This year, she said, league members will be traveling to the Westview lanes or dropping out entirely. No one is more surprised about this change than the league members themselves…. Read More

November Trial For Pikesville Harassment Case

The trial for a Baltimore woman accused of harassing and attacking a young Pikesville couple has been set for Nov. 18 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Stephanie Kamlot, 41, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, stalking, harassment, malicious destruction of property, fourth-degree burglary and intimidating a juror. The disposition for the first assault… Read More

Wellwood To Get Air Conditioning In One Year

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Wellwood International Elementary School is one of five Baltimore County schools that will have air conditioning installed, thanks to a new pledge by the county executive. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced $17.2 million in funding to cover the county’s share of the $29.2 million cost of installing air conditioning at Wellwood and four other… Read More

Poll Suggests Jewish Organizations Not Accessible

Results from a new poll conducted by RespectAbilityUSA and Jerusalem U found that many Jews support the inclusion of disabled Jews in Jewish organizations and events, but suggest that many of these venues and organizations aren’t practicing what their members preach. Of 2,607 Jews surveyed, 223 reported having a disability, and 594 reported having a… Read More