What to Do With a Jewish Racist?

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Following the fallout from the recording of racist comments by the Jewish owner of the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers, Jewish organizations, both local and national, moved quickly to take the focus off his ethnicity and remind the country of the Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. Meanwhile, elements of the Jewish community… Read More

What is the Presidents’ Conference?

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Last week’s vote against admitting the dovish pro-Israel group J Street into the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations may not have surprised many. J Street, with its adamant call for a two-state solution and its criticism of the Israeli government’s settlement policy, puts it to the left of most of the 50… Read More

Not So Fast

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In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry’s outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week voted 22-17 (with three abstentions) to reject the membership application of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby. J Street secured the votes of only… Read More

Life In The Fast Lane

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More than pizza and sharks motivate Owings Mills JCC Barracudas swim team member Alan Cherches. He also calls upon goal setting, time management and technique improvement. And at the age of 9, he has the track record to back it up. Last year, Cherches broke many of 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’ 8-and-under records,… Read More

Right On!

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Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and self-described conservative Charles Krauthammer gave his audience plenty of red meat Sunday to hurl at the left-leaning set, and judging from his reception, it didn’t appear that many of them were sitting in the Beth Tefiloh Congregation’s Dahan Sanctuary. In what was billed as the inaugural Haron Dahan Lecture, Krauthammer,… Read More

Hoffman Achieves Adviser Status

Benjamin K. Hoffman has become an Ameriprise Financial private wealth adviser. Hoffman, with an office in Timonium, is one of approximately 9 percent of the nearly 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisers to achieve this status. Hoffman is part of Slyker, Hoffman & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. As an Ameriprise private… Read More

Jewish groups criticize Supreme Court ruling

Several Jewish organizations condemned this week’s Supreme Court decision that allows local governments to begin their meetings with a religious prayer as long as no one is coerced into participating. “An individual’s belief — or non-belief — ought not be a prerequisite to accessing the political process,” said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious… Read More

FutureCare Among Best in America

FutureCare Health and Management, Maryland’s premier skilled nursing and rehabilitation provider, has announced that four of its facilities have been recognized on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes in America list for 2014. FutureCare Old Court, FutureCare Sandtown, FutureCare Lochearn and FutureCare Cold Spring all earned the highest possible rating, five stars… Read More

Fallen Heroes Remembered

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A year after her little brother’s death, Shelly Brezicki said her family still thinks about Gene Kirchner every single day. “We had Gene’s unveiling yesterday,” Brezicki said on April 28. “Every day, we remember that Gene’s not here.” Her brother, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, was just 25 when he died eight… Read More

Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions

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More than 100 protestors lined the sidewalk in front of the Baltimore County Council’s offices on Washington Avenue in Towson, holding signs with pictures of dogs and cats and shouting call-and-response chants. “Who kills our dogs and cats?” a woman shouted, to which the crowd answered, “Baltimore County bureaucrats!” The April 21 protest was organized… Read More