PSA, Armada Join Forces

Hunt Valley-based PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., a leading regional financial services firm specializing in employee benefits, risk management, wealth management and fiduciary consulting for employer-sponsored retirement plans, has announced a merger with Armada Employer Services, the retail employee benefit consulting and HR services division of ArmadaCorp. Armada Employer Services, headquartered in Hunt Valley,… Read More

Chabad Launches Paradigm Shift Course

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As the movement approaches the 20th anniversary of the passing of its Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, Chabad-Lubavitch’s adult education initiative is spearheading a course that focuses on key elements of the leader’s teachings. The new course from the Rohr-Jewish Learning Institute — Paradigm Shift — will be offered at Chabad centers throughout the region,… Read More

Questioning The Calls

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Adam Gladstone can’t take a single pitch off during Orioles games. “If at any point Buck [Showalter] ever asks, ‘Listen, what’s the count and how did we get there?’ then I can recite exactly how we got to that count,” Gladstone said of the O’s manager. The Pikesville native, 42, is the first person to… Read More

Area Dentist’s Chemistry Book Gets Boost

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Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company for K-12 and higher education, has attained the rights to The Guide to Surviving General Chemistry, a text book written by Baltimore resident and dentist Michael Rosen. At 21, Rosen self-published a chemistry text book with the goal to help chemistry students nationwide understand a… Read More

Coming to Terms

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After Reburying the bones of her parents in a neglected Jewish cemetery, a soon-to-be Polish nun quietly crosses herself with earth-covered fingers. A devout and introverted young woman, Ida Lebenstein had learned only days earlier that her parents were Jews who were murdered by Polish Christians. As she knelt in her nun’s habit among headstones… Read More

Right Footing

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Standing in front of a giant flag, a tall blond politician asks his excited followers whether their country should have greater or fewer Moroccans. When they are done chanting “fewer,” the speaker, Geert Wilders of the far-right Dutch Party for Freedom, promises his listeners that he will “take care of it.”… Read More

Open Borders

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The State Department is responding to pressure from Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill and is reviewing its policy on granting tourist visas to Israeli citizens. Julia Frifield, the department’s assist- ant secretary for legislative affairs, announced on April 17 the formation of a working group with the Department of Homeland Security and Israel’s Foreign Ministry…. Read More

Houston man pleads guilty to synagogue bomb threats

A Houston man pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats to two city synagogues. Dante Phearse, 33, appeared in a federal court in Texas on Monday to respond to two civil rights violations charges for using the “threat of force with an explosive device which allegedly obstructed members of the synagogues from enjoying the free… Read More

U.S. soldiers lose bid to dress according to religious beliefs

The Army denied the requests of two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs. The soldiers had requested to be exempt from the uniform policy for religious purposes under a new policy approved in January, Reuters reported. Under the revised policy, U.S. troops may be accommodated in observing religious beliefs in… Read More

Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city shot

The Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was in critical condition after being shot in the back by an unidentified gunman on Monday. Gennady Kernes, 54, was going for his morning swim when he was shot and was immediately rushed to a local hospital, journalist Zurab Alasania — who works for the state-run National… Read More