Secretary’s Standing Goes ‘Poof’

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After spending more than two-and-a-half hours testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry is fending off criticism from all sides, as Democrats, Republicans and members of the media accuse him of blaming Israelis for derailing peace negotiations. During a hearing held as a review of the State Department’s… Read More

Gluten-Free

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For the many members of the Jewish community who more or less avoid consuming chametz year-round, Passover brings welcome relief. “Passover is a big treat for everybody,” said Chana Fishkind, who, along with her two sons, maintains a gluten-free diet. Her husband, she said, just goes with the flow. Two years ago, Fishkind discovered that… Read More

Kansas Gunman Targets JCC

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Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as a gunman took the lives of three people in attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement home. According to various news reports, at about 1 p.m., shots… Read More

O’Malley Signs Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana Bills

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Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a new medical marijuana bill and a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine, and a bill that allows doctors to prescribe… Read More

Legislative Look-Back

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For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in… Read More

Jewish Orgs. on Alert After Fatal Shootings in Kansas City

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as an alleged gunman took the lives of three people in two attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement village. According to various news reports, at about 1… Read More

Maller Honored By Lincoln Financial

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Peter Maller, founder and president of Maller Wealth Advisors, and registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors (LFA), was named LFA Planner of the Year for 2013. Planner of the Year is awarded each year to the three leading advisors among thousands affiliated with Lincoln Financial. “Planner of the Year is the highest acknowledgement our company… Read More

Israeli Arab lawyer indicted for aiding Hamas

The Haifa District prosecution has indicted Mohammed Abed, a 42-year-old attorney from the village of Baana near the northern Israeli city of Acre, for a series of security offenses concerning his contacts with senior Hamas operatives. A gag order placed on the case was partially lifted Monday, revealing that Abed was arrested Feb. 24 in… Read More

High School Seniors Nominated for National Award

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student Lani Roskes and Pikesville High School student Jesse Fidel will find out in just a few weeks whether either will be one of up to just 141 high school seniors nationwide invited to Washington, D.C., to receive one the nation’s most prestigious awards given to high school students. Their… Read More

China’s ancient Jewish community returning to its roots

China’s ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng is set to celebrate a traditional Passover Seder for what may be the first time in centuries. The Seder is being sponsored by Shavei Israel, an Israeli organization that helps “Lost Tribes” and other forgotten Jewish communities return to their roots. The Seder will be conducted by Tzuri Shi,… Read More