‘I Don’t Feel Threatened’

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The Montgomery County Council begins each of its Tuesday meetings with a prayer. Clergy from a wide array of faith traditions are invited to lead the prayer, noted council member-at-large George Leventhal. “I have not felt uncomfortable during our opening prayer,” Leventhal said. “I am quite comfortable with my own religious identity, and I don’t… Read More

‘Dirty, Smelly Jew’

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Dr. Bert Miller taught math in Baltimore County for almost 40 years. He holds master’s, associate’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics education, has earned two National Science Foundation fellowships, has published software for math teachers, and he even discovered a new theorem in 2009. In his second year of teaching in the county in 1974,… Read More

Reister’s Desire

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The Reisterstown Community Cemetery grassroots restoration effort literally started with grass. Sixth-generation Reisterstown resident Chris Larkin’s mother regularly asked him to check if the cemetery lawn was being kept up, as many of their relatives are buried there. Larkin, other family members and friends maintained it for a while, but the cemetery, with more than… Read More

Smart Meter Debate Rages On

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As the Maryland Public Service Commission debates whether or not utility companies can charge customers to opt out of smart meters, Baltimore residents are working to spread awareness about a technology they feel isn’t so smart. “While it is beneficial for BGE’s bottom line, it is not for us or our families,” said Pikesville-area resident… Read More

Annapolis Mayor Reflects On Term, Historic Election

After a too-close-to-call election day, incumbent Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen lost by 59 votes to Republican challenger Mike Pantelides. The results of the election, held Tuesday, Nov. 5, were announced Friday night, Nov. 8. “I was disappointed that the election didn’t go differently, but I have no regrets about the past four years,” Cohen said…. Read More

Change Afoot: New Rabbi for Beit Tikvah

While he hasn’t yet found permanent living space in Baltimore, Rabbi Larry Pinsker has already found a spiritual home at Congregation Beit Tikvah in Roland Park. Rabbi Pinsker, a native of Chicago who has resided and led congregations in San Antonio, New York City and Toronto, recently moved to Baltimore from Winnipeg, Canada, to become… Read More

Absurd And Unreal

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Whenever there is a profound social or financial crisis, covert anti-Semitism will make its way to the surface. That was the message Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, delivered regarding the recent vocal surge of anti-Semitic sentiments in Greece, mainly through the Golden Dawn Party, which now hold seats in the… Read More

Not Home For Chanukah

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For Julie August, coping with her son Josh’s decision to move halfway around the world and join the Israeli Defense Forces last year was not easy. “It would be hard enough to have him serving while I was there,” said August, who lived in Israel for a time before moving to the Baltimore area. “But… Read More

Stein Honored By Md. Clean Energy

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Baltimore County Delegate Dana Stein received a Legislative Leadership award from the Maryland Clean Energy Center at the Maryland Clean Energy Summit in October. Stein led the charge within the legislature to create the center. As a member of the Environmental Matters Committee, he has championed legislation to encourage development of community energy projects, improve… Read More

Mandel Honored By Law Society

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel was honored with the second annual Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society Award. Guest speakers at the October event included former Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals Irma Raker, Senior Federal United States District Court Judge Alex Williams Jr. and former Delegate Tim Maloney. Ceremony attendees included sitting and retired… Read More