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Local voice of Holocaust reparations movement escaped Nazi train
BY By Suzanne Pollak and Simone Ellin
March 13, 2014

Leo Bretholz, a Pikesville resident who as a child escaped from a train that was transporting him to a Nazi death camp, died March 8, two days after his 93rd birthday and one day before he was to testify in favor of reparations for those who were forced to ride those trains during World War CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
March 13, 2014

Maryland’s House of Delegates voted on March 7 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. The bill passed, 89 to 46. The move to increase the minimum hourly salary from $7.25 to $10.10 has been a key theme in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s final year in office and has been steadily gaining popularity in CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
March 13, 2014

A Baltimore man in the northern Park Heights area evaded three men who may have been trying to steal his car on the night of Wednesday, March 5. Rabbi Yerachmiel Thav said he was in his car, parked in the driveway at his home in the 3700 block of Glen Avenue, when three men — CONTINUE »

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UN Human Rights Council assesses possible successors for Richard Falk
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
March 13, 2014

Meeting in Geneva for its annual spring session, the United Nations Human Rights Council will be deciding on a replacement for Richard Falk, the body’s Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, a process that is being closely monitored by U.N. watchdog groups, the United States and Israel. The applicant list recently has been reduced by CONTINUE »

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Largest-ever ordination class at Yeshiva University includes nine with local connections
BY Melissa Gerr
March 13, 2014

On March 23 Yeshiva University in New York City will ordain its largest-ever rabbinic class, conferring on 205 graduates — nine of them with ties to Maryland — from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary the title of rabbi. According to the university’s communications department, between 75 and 80 percent of its rabbinical program graduates CONTINUE »