Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Woman’s 11-Year Get Battle Comes to an End

Cynthia Ohana with three of her five children, (from left) Gavi, Tamar and Adina.
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After separating from her husband 12 years ago and divorcing nearly 10 years ago, Cynthia Ohana has finally received a get, a divorce document sanctioned by Jewish law necessary in order to remarry. On Jan. 23, Ohana’s attorney, Larry Feldman, who worked on the case pro-bono for 11 years, reached an agreement with Tim Faith,… Read More

Yeshiva Students Experience Haiti

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The second she stepped off the plane, Esther Shmunis knew she was in a place unlike any other she’d been to before. The terminal was “miniscule,” the Silver Spring resident said. Advertisements and stores were low budget, people were wearing clothing that looked like it was from another decade. Outside the airport, there were police… Read More

Ohio Rabbi Remains in Jail Chaplain accused of sex abuse recalled as diligent student

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New details have emerged in the case of the Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a Baltimore County girl. Reached at the seminary from which Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, who is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, graduated in 1998, Rabbi Yaakov Spivak, dean of the Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary in… Read More

Dermer’s Dance Eyes turn to Israeli ambassador amid firestorm over Netanyahu invite

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Pikesville Middle Designated a Lighthouse

Pikesville Middle School has been chosen as a “Lighthouse” school beginning next fall. Lighthouse schools are among the first in Baltimore County to put into action the vision of the Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (STAT) program, tagged as “the move to digital learning.” As part of the program, all incoming Pikesville sixth-graders will be… Read More

Bor Named Pearlstone Professor

Hana Bor, a professor at Towson University’s Department of Family Studies and Community Development, has been selected as the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor. It is the first time the professorship has been conferred since the Baltimore Hebrew University was folded into Towson as the Baltimore Hebrew Institute. With the additional resources of the professorship, Bor… Read More

From Awareness to Inclusion Quarter century after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how far have we come?

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When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago this July, President George H.W. Bush aimed to change the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities. According to Virginia Knowlton Marcus, executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center, the broad-based law mandated access to governmental services, employment, business and… Read More

Ohio Rabbi Remains in Jail

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New details have emerged in the case of the Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a Baltimore County girl. Reached at the seminary from which Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, who is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, graduated in 1998, Rabbi Yaakov Spivak, dean of the Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary in… Read More

The Other Pro-Israel Lobby

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“Usually after the first event, it’s like a firestorm,” said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). “The excitement hits, the understanding settles in.” That, in short, illustrates the process through which CUFI has become America’s largest pro-Israel organization in less than a decade of existence. In January, CUFI… Read More