City Releases Heroin Report, 10 Recommendations The mayor’s task force calls for overdose plan, data-tracking, outreach and more

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The Mayor’s Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force released its final report along with 10 recommendations to attack the city’s heroin and opioid epidemic and unveiled a public education campaign on Monday. The recommendations call for overdose prevention and outreach measures, real-time data tracking, 24/7 on-demand substance abuse treatment, among other measures. “All of our… Read More

Merger Mess Clearer picture of Samsung anti-Semitism charges comes into focus

Only days away from a critical vote on a proposed merger that could shape the future of South Korea’s largest conglomerate and economic powerhouse, Samsung, the subsidiaries’ respective CEOs released a powerful joint statement attempting to distance themselves from a series of anti-Semitic attacks launched against one of the deal’s principals. After American hedge fund… Read More

Finally, Deal is Reached Agreement limits Iran’s nuclear abilities while lifting economic sanctions

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Iran and a group of six countries led by the United States reached an agreement Tuesday morning that aims to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions. President Barack Obama said that because of the deal, “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.” The deal reached in Vienna was met… Read More

Cancer Survival Through Prevention Hadassah uses Check It Out Challenge to spread the word

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On Sunday, July 19, Hadassah of Greater Baltimore, the women’s Zionist organization, will host its 2015 Check It Out Challenge, featuring an 8K run, a 5K run/walk and a one-mile family obstacle course starting at Goucher College in Towson. “[Check It Out] was started [about] 20 years ago by our national organization as a way… Read More

‘A Great Meeting Place of Ideas’ Jews from across country to gather in D.C for National Retreat

Attendees of the 2014 National Jewish Retreat mark the end of Shabbat on Aug. 9 with a musical Havdalah ceremony at the Palmer House Hilton.

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, the adult education arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, will host its 10th annual National Jewish Retreat at the Omni Shoreham resort in Washington, D.C.,  from Aug. 11 to Aug. 16, featuring some of the most influential rabbis and lay leaders from across the country as guest speakers, with an expected… Read More

Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was replaced by deputy commissioner Kevin Davis

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at the groundbreaking of Renaissance Gardens, a 60-unit independent apartment building to benefit limited-income seniors.

Following months of unrest since the death of Freddie Gray after sustaining injuries while in police custody — May was Baltimore’s deadliest month in 40 years — and increasing public scrutiny of the city’s efforts to stem the violence, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis,… Read More

Jewish Groups Decry UCC BDS Resolution ‘It contributes nothing to peace’

The United Church of Christ passed a resolution last week calling for the boycott and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The resolution, which passed 508-124 at the 30th General Synod in Cleveland on June 30, was submitted by the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which represents 167… Read More

Sharff to Head Board of Rabbis

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Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation has been chosen to lead the Baltimore Board of Rabbis for the upcoming year. Sharff has been the senior rabbi there for the past six years and previously was the associate rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Tuscon, Ariz. He earned a degree in psychology from the University of… Read More