Double-Edged Sword

As the idea of expanding prekindergarten in Maryland becomes more and more popular on both sides of the political aisle, the details involved in just how to implement the different programs are still a work in progress. State officials heard from panels of advocates Feb. 12, when discussion began on Senate Bill 332 and House… Read More

Beth Tfiloh On Top

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In this, his first season as the head coach of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School’s boys varsity basketball team, Ari Braun led his players to a 17-9 overall record, 10-4 in their conference. That was good enough to earn second place in the Class C Division of the tough Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association…. Read More

Stevenson Student Connects with Panamanian Jewry

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When Stevenson University senior Avi Miller decided to take a winter class on international marketing in Panama, he knew he wanted to seek out the country’s Jewish community. Miller, who went to Krieger Schechter Day School and the Shoshana S. Cardin School, wound up having a brief but fulfilling visit to a Reform congregation just… Read More

History Lesson

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Dozens of boys packed into the school theater at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland last week to listen to Holocaust survivor Rubin Sztajer’s story. “You people are the future of this country,” Sztajer, an 88-year-old native of Poland, told the standing-room-only crowd assembled in front of him. “You go home to your parents, tell… Read More

Calif. Synagogue Ponders Legal Action Against Former Exec

The just departed executive director of Adas Israel Congregation has admitted to intentionally stealing at least $390,000, deceptive record keeping and illegal transferring of funds from a California synagogue during the time he was executive director there. Eric S. Levine, who was asked to resign on Tuesday from the D.C. synagogue after being executive director… Read More

Should You Buy Pet Insurance?

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One topic I’ve learned to avoid with new acquaintances (along with politics and religion) is where they stand on the treatment of pets. Some people when their dog gets sick or badly injured say, “It’s an animal — that’s just part of the circle of life.” Others consider Rover a close family member and would… Read More

Behind-the-Scenes Dealings May Sink Sanctions Effort

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A bipartisan coalition of Congressional legislators working behind the scenes may have prevented new sanctions on Iran. A letter to President Barack Obama drafted by Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and David Price (D-N.C.) has been circulating on Capitol Hill for several days. A final call to sign the message, titled “Give Diplomacy a Chance Letter… Read More

Katz Named Chief Business Development Officer

Trout Daniel & Associates, a full-service commercial real estate company, announced that Neil A. Katz has joined the firm as chief business development officer. Katz brings nearly three decades of real estate experience to his new role with Trout Daniel. As chief business development officer, he will leverage his market knowledge and vast network of… Read More

OU’s Our Way Hosts Melave Malka

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More than 40 people braved the cold last Saturday night to honor Rabbi Yehudah and Yael Zelinger at Our Way’s first-ever statewide melave malkah at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. The Feb. 8 event, hosted by the Orthodox Union’s division for the Jewish deaf and hard of hearing, featured food, drinks and company for… Read More

USY Hosts 40th Annual Shabbaton

For the 40th straight year, the local branch of United Synagogue Youth will host a Shabbaton Feb. 14-15 in memory of the late Claire Sodden. In addition to religious services, the weekend event will feature fun and games for area eighth- through 12th-graders. “Our chapter is the Chapter of the Year for Seaboard Region USY,… Read More