Abbas: Final-Status Issues Discussed At First Round Of Peace Talks

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians discussed all the final-status issues in the first session of peace talks held in Jerusalem. Abbas made his comments Aug. 15 following a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, The Jerusalem Post reported. The first round of talks was held the previous day… Read More

Polio Inoculation Campaign Starts For Israeli Children

 Israel launched a nationwide campaign to inoculate children aged 9 and under with the weakened, live form of the polio virus. More than 50,000 Israeli children living in southern Israel have been inoculated with the live virus in the past two weeks. The three-month campaign now is being spread to central and northern Israel. The… Read More

Levindale Death Being Investigated as Homicide

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old found dead in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis, 86, was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Avenue, on Tuesday, July 30, after officers responded for a reported sick case, according… Read More

From The Ground Up

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Maurice and Ted Offit and Howard Kurman’s biggest concern 50 years ago was finding the perfect place to play ball or ride their bikes. The furthest thing from this Pikesville trio’s mind was building a successful business together. Today, that is a completely different story. Maurice and Ted Offit, who are brothers, along with Kurman,… Read More

Business Briefs

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New Artistic Director at Strand The Strand Theater Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Elissa Goetschius. Goetschius has been working in the Baltimore-Washington area for the last eight years as a director and dramaturg. Recent credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Glass Mind Theatre and “A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth… Read More

Changing Tracks

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A recent study found that millennials in this country, between the ages of 18 and 30, switch jobs on average every two years. By comparison, members of Generation X typically spend about five years with each employer, and baby boomers spend about seven, according to the study. There are ostensibly many variables to be considered,… Read More

From Ice Cream To Prayer

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The campers and staff members at Capital Camps have spent the summer thinking, learning and putting together a prayer book to be used at the camp next summer. Led by Rabbi Miriam Burg, director of Jewish life, the project was put together in response to the camp’s need for a new siddur, as the one… Read More

When Making a Sale Might Not Be Logical

Which triggers more sales, emotion or logic? Conventional marketing wisdom would lead us to believe that more customers make purchases based on emotion. But according to a study of 311,000 people, conventional marketing wisdom is wrong. This study, illustrated in Doug Hall’s “Meaningful Marketing,” shows that 44 percent of people are actually left-brained and follow… Read More

Big Plans

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In four years, it’s slated to be bigger than New York’s Central Park and consist of open fields, a sports complex and a lake and river filled with recycled water. Now, though, Beersheva River Park looks like much of the area surrounding the desert city of Beersheva: a panorama of sand and dirt with a… Read More

What An Experience!

Greater Baltimore JCC Maccabi Experience Director Paul Lurie has been involved with the Games for 18 years. Still, Lurie dubbed this summer’s event, held from Aug. 4 through Aug. 9 in Orange County, Calif., as “one of the most amazing weeks of Maccabi” he has ever experienced. “The size of our delegation, the quality of… Read More