Sharing in their Pain Baltimore Jewish community pours out its heart for Israel in wake of recent violence

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Baltimore’s Jewish community is once again keeping a close watch on the Middle East, this time over a rash of violence in Israel that has killed more than 40 Israelis and Palestinians through a series of stabbings and shootings. Many Jews are concerned about the violence potentially spiraling into a Third Intifada, including Baltimore Jewish… Read More

Saying Goodbye Jones & Jones to close after serving Baltimore women for more than four decades

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After 45 years, one of female Baltimoreans’ favorite go-to clothing stores is closing its doors for good. Customers will soon say farewell to Jones & Jones, an upscale boutique located in The Village of Cross Keys. Owner Florence Sokol announced Thursday Oct. 22 that she is retiring in order to spend more time with her… Read More

Stevenson Road Chabad Hearings Focus on Code, Petition

Urban planner Christopher Jakubiak (left) discusses issues with a proposed Stevenson Road synagogue at the sixth Baltimore County hearing over the property. (Marc Shapiro)

Hearings continued last week regarding a proposed Chabad synagogue for Russian-speaking Jews on Stevenson Road, with the focus on a petition residents signed in opposition and Baltimore County zoning code. Since late June, Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen has heard arguments from attorneys  representing those who live in the neighborhood surrounding the proposed site of… Read More

From Commissioner to Peacemaker Kevin Davis’ first few hours without 'interim' title prove to be busy

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Kevin Davis’ title may have changed Tuesday night, but he said he plans to continue building strong police-community relations. Davis was sworn in as Baltimore’s new police commissioner after having served in the position on an interim basis since July following the dismissal of Anthony Batts. Davis’ confirmation was met with protestors who occupied city… Read More

Rabbi Karp Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison Clevelander pleaded guilty to sex crimes

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Rabbi Ephraim (Frederick) Karp was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and five years of supervised probation upon his release, after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sex offense Oct. 15 in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Karp to 35 years,… Read More

State of the City Councilman Nick Mosby gives his take on Baltimore’s issues

City Councilman Nick Mosby’s initiative to move the police training academy drew a response of surprise from Distrcit 5 Councilwoman Rochelle Spector. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

In what may serve as a preview for a potential mayoral run, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby presented his vision for the city to the Baltimore Jewish Council Monday night at the headquarters of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Mosby, at times passionate in tone, spoke on a range of issues including crime,… Read More

The Digital Bridge New technology is changing synagogues

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Technology has reached most parts of everyday life, and although some are slower on the uptake than others, synagogues are no different. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation overhauled its website last month in an effort to communicate more effectively and concisely with its members. “Our goal is to connect and engage every member of our congregation and… Read More

BJC Debates Iran Policy Members question process in forming statement

BJC executive director Art Abramson says the executive committee had to act fast. (Kirsten Beckermann)

A July statement by the Baltimore Jewish Council’s executive committee blasting the Iran nuclear deal was hotly debated at the council’s first meeting of the new administrative year on Oct. 8. Some BJC members questioned the process by which the statement was written and then released, saying it went against protocol, while executive committee members… Read More

‘One Step Closer’ HoCo Autism Society hosts annual 5K

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The Howard County Autism Society hosts its 9th annual “One Step Closer” walk and 5K race on Nov. 1 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. “Autism is a complex condition affecting many aspects of an individual’s life: the ability to communicate [and] one’s education, emotional well-being and social relationships,” said Theresa Ballinger, treasurer of HCAS… Read More

Hateful Messages Found on Towson Chalkboard

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Students found anti-Semitic messages written on chalkboards at Towson University on the night of Oct. 10, according to a spokesperson for the school. The messages included: “Fascism, Just do it,” “Hitler was right” and “With Jews you lose.” After photos of the chalkboard were posted to Facebook, both Towson University and Baltimore County police were… Read More