Route to Recovery

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The death of revered actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this month has refocused the attention of the nation on the epidemic of drug addiction. Hoffman, who reportedly died from a heroin overdose, was discovered alone in his New York City apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm on Feb. 2. Although heroin is widely… Read More

Candidates Game for Decriminalization

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Maryland gubernatorial candidates have voiced their support for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Delegate Heather Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, introduced House Bill 879, which would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. Individuals under 21 caught with marijuana would be required… Read More

Jews, Hunters and Sunday Hunting Bans

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For most Jews in the United States, hunting laws are not a concern. Following World War II, most settled in urban or suburban areas, far from roaming turkeys, elk, bears and deer, outside of the occasional casualty in the highway emergency lane. Few even realize that the same seemingly archaic statutes that in some places… Read More

Teens Tackle Global Issues

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STAMFORD, Conn. — The United Nations is in session. Sam Collins, Croatian delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization, rises to address the debate on a topic currently occupying the Global Access to Knowledge Movement (A2K): Should free or low-cost smartphones be distributed to populations of developing countries? He suggests, “Instead of giving them information,… Read More

Building Blocks

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Flitting around the Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland building with the busy energy of a hummingbird, Rochelle Kaplan, founder and director of the Aleph Learning Institute, set out warm drinks on a very cold day in anticipation of her students. The latest snowfall and frigid weather did not deter her, as the full-day program of Aleph… Read More

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

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

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

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