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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 10, 2021 - Unfortunately, many people who need help are afraid to come forward because of the stigma around substance use and addiction. When we were faced with our own daughter’s battle with addiction, we were overwhelmed with fear and desperate for help. Thinking back to that time (which was not so long ago), we reflect on what type of resources, support or conversations would have been helpful to us. There was so much we did not know, and so much we had to learn on our own in order to face this crisis and help our daughter and our family through this struggle. We ...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 4, 2021:The Jewish Community Center (JCC) seeks Park Heights Youth Program Director Reporting to the Senior Program Director, the Park Heights Youth Program Director will be primarily responsible for oversight, supervision and direction of the Park Heights Children and Youth programming, J Play (babysitting) and Camp Koolanu. This position will also support the Meyerhoff Engagement Center with program planning, coverage and family engagement. This is a full time, 40 hour per week position. For full job description, please visit http://bit.ly/jccyouthprogramdirector.
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - The Baltimore community COVID-19 testing is back to regular schedule. Click here to view the complete schedule.All our tests provide documentation that can be used for travelling. NEW:  Rapid PCR tests are now available. This is NOT a regular rapid test. It is a full PCR test with special technology that produces results in within 2-3 hours. This test is accepted for international travel destinations. Please note, insurance only partially covers the rapid PCR test, there is still a cost of $125. Without insurance, the cost is $200. Regular PCR tests are free.If you need a Rapid PCR, please fill out these forms and come to any of the testing sessions. When you arrive, be sure to let them know you are specifically requesting a Rapid PCR. No appointm...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 8, 2021 - Bikur Cholim of Baltimore and Lifebridge Health are excited to announce the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in our community. The clinic opened  this past Tuesday, April 6th at Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue located at 6214 Pimlico Road, 21209 and will continue weekly Sun-Thurs. All adults, 16 and older, who meet eligibility criteria according to state guidelines,  are urged to pre-register. Once you are pre-registered, you will receive a formal registration link to appointments based on eligibility requirements and available doses. No walk-in appointments available.Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an of...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - Teachers, You Got Vaccines, But Did You Get Your Energy Booster? Teachers spent an inordinate amount of energy this year recreating themselves and reimagining what teaching can look like. A dose of Inspiration is on the way! “I dreaded going to school every morning. I was afraid someone might be on Zoom,” confessed a 3rd grade teacher who weathered the winter teaching a hybrid class.  As students cycled in and out of school this year, teachers in our local Jewish day school adjusted and adjusted again to each day’s new normal. Teachers had to help the student on Zoom who would interrupt to ask questions that, because of a few second delay, dragged the flow of the class back several paces They had to change lesson plans on a dime, de...
It’s been some five weeks since Texas lifted its mask mandate, and there has yet to be an explosion of COVID-19 cases. It’s something Dr. Anthony Fauci can’t quite explain. “I’m not really quite sure,” he told MSNBC this week. “It could be they’re doing things outdoors.” Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Daily cases in Texas hovered above 7,000 in early March, when Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask rules, leaving it up to individuals and organizations to make their own decisions. Now, according to the Centers for D...
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In 2020, coronavirus restrictions saw the mountain closed to prevent mass gatherings, with only three bonfires allowed. Interior Minister Arye Deri (Shas) presented his plan for Lag Ba’omer to Public Security Minister Amir Ohana (Likud), in which he argued for a limitless capacity for the open-air annual celebration of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) on Mount Meron. The plan was approved on Saturday night."The day of celebration in [Mount] Meron is a very important day for millions of people from across the religious spectrum," Deri said. "Not allowing people to pray on this day would really damage the public's trust." Annually, the celebration of Rashbi's life and legacy attracts thousands to Meron over the 24-hour period. "Thank G-d, the [coronavirus] infection ...
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Rejoice with our sons in Eretz Yisroel! On Tuesday of Chol HaMoed, Eretz HaKodesh sponsored a concert featuring Eitan Katz and Aharon Razel.  Click here to watch, beginning at the 45 min 45 second (45:45) mark
NEW YORK (JNS) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released hate-crime ads in Yiddish and Hebrew to expand its outreach to Jewish communities across America. The advertisements urge victims of hate crimes to report them to the FBI. They say: “Did you know many hate crimes are not reported? The FBI wants to help, but we need to hear from you. If you believe you’re the victim of or a witness to a hate crime, contact your local police department, call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or go to tips.fbi.gov.” Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Rabbi Abraham Friedman, a police chaplain...
Number of Jewish casualties in wars and terrorist attacks since 1860 rises to 23,928 Israel's tally of civilians and military war casualties grew by 112 since the previous Memorial Day in 2020, the Defense Ministry reported on Friday. Out of those, 43 were soldiers and civilians killed, while 69 veterans died due to the wounds they sustained in the line of duty. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The country's total number of people killed in war and terrorist attacks, tallied since 1860, now stands at 23,928, the ministry said. The tally includes fatalities from various causes, ...
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Parshas Shmini- The Obligations of a Holy Tzibbur

After Moshe is instructed to appoint Aharon as Kohen Gadol, one of his first acts is to review the first Korbanos to be brought in the Mishkan.  He tells Aharon to bring a Korban Chattas and Oleh to gain forgiveness for himself and for Bnei Yisroel and then to bring another Korban to be M’chaper for the people. (Shmini, 9:7)  If the first Korban was to be M’chaper for Aharon and the people, why was a second Korban necessary to gain forgiveness for the people?  Many Mepharshim explain that Aharon needed to be granted forgiveness for the role he played in the Eigel Hazahav.  This helps us understand why Ahron needed to bring a Korban for himself but not why the people needed two Karbanos.


The Meshach Chachma explains that the people also needed to first be granted forgiveness for the Eigel before any other Karbanos could be brought since they were principally responsible for causing Ahron to participate in the Eigel.  Once Ahron and Bnei Yisroel were given a kapara for the Eigel, then he was able to bring later Karbanos to gain forgiveness for their other failings.  We learn from here how heavy is the responsibility for leading someone else to Aveira. 


All too often we are subjected to images from the front page of prominent newspapers of outwardly Torah observant Jews being led away in handcuffs facing serious criminal charges.  From the East coast and chickens to the West Coast with meat and back to bribery, corruption and organ sales in the East, this has become an all too familiar scene.  It is simply too easy to distant ourselves from these massive Chilul Hashems by going about our business in an upstanding manner.  The lesson from these P’sukim is that that is not enough. Ahron could not gain a Kapara for the people until both he and them first gained forgiveness for the Eigel. 


As Hashem’s ambassadors in this world, it is our job, collectively, to show the Umos HaOlam how to live.  When one of us fails at that responsibility, we all fail in our mandate.  Only through our commitment to excel at these responsibilities can we hope to overcome the damage done by the few who fail.  It is not enough to be honest.  We must go out of our way to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.  It is not enough to simply be concerned for each other; rather our compassion and rehabilitative actions must be limitless.  It is not enough to simply do our part.  We must set the standard for the world to follow. 


As our representative, Ahron could not attain a kapara for us until he first received one for the Eigel on our behalf.  We need to do the same with respect to these Chilul Hashems and unacceptable conduct.  Perhaps when we are able to achieve this level, our own people will also raise their conduct to a more appropriate status.

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Conductors of study say not possible yet to estimate level of protection against coronavirus strain A study by Clalit Research Center and Tel Aviv University published on Saturday has found that Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine protects less effectively against the South African variant than the British one. The results showed that the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine provide less protection against the strain of the coronavirus originating in South Africa. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens However, at this point, the researchers say that it is not possible to estimate the level ...
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MD Attorney General Brian Frosh joined 45 other state AGs in calling for tech companies to crack down on the sale of fake vaccine cards. A new scam tied to the coronavirus pandemic is targeting Marylanders online, and the state's top cop is warning residents. Some people may be tempted to buy fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards to avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but the FBI warns that it's illegal, as well as dangerous. In some cases, thieves are using the images people have posted on social media of their Centers for Disease Control-issued vaccinations cards to sell them online. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Wednesday warned residents not to share photos of their card.Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births,...
A previously undisclosed document from the Pentagon reportedly sheds light on the timeline of responses from federal government leaders on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, including a call from then-Vice President Mike Pence to clear the building hours before order was actually restored.  The document, prepared for internal use by the Pentagon and obtained by The Associated Press, provides insight into the level of chaos and panic among a handful of senior White House aides, leaders of Congress and the vice president, who were all tasked with managing responses to the mob attack amid former President Trump’s inaction.  According to the AP, the timeline shows that shortly after 4 p.m., two hours after rioters broke into the Capitol and as they c...
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The Supreme Court late Friday said that California must lift its coronavirus-era restrictions on in-home prayer meetings and other forms of home-based religious gatherings.  In an order from the court, five conservative justices wrote against rules in most parts of the state that limit indoor social gatherings to no more than three households, while different restrictions apply to places such as schools and churches. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens “California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permit...
Despite the cool weather, Israelis exploited the lifting of Covid-19 measures, enjoying outdoor activities More than 50,000 Israelis flocked to the country’s national parks and nature reserves on Saturday, Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority said in a statement. Despite the cool temperatures and strong winds for this time of year, many citizens were drawn to various attractions throughout the cities, such as Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park.Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens In the north, snow has covered Mount Hermon, and not for the first time this year. Light snowfall was a...
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Yamina's MK Naftali Bennett promises to help form right-wing government - but will work with the other side if PM Netanyahu fails, report says. Yamina Chairman MK Naftali Bennett has clarified to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he prefers a "full right-wing" government to any other government, and he will do anything demanded of him in order to form such a government. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens However, he emphasized that if Netanyahu fails to form a government, Bennett will attempt to do so together with the anti-Netanyahu bloc, Ynet reported. Over the...
A bus driver was attacked Saturday night after he accidentally entered the Arab neighborhood of Isawiya in Jerusalem. According to Israel's Fire and Rescue Services, two firefighting teams made their way to the scene, but were ordered by Israel Police to wait outside the neighborhood until additional police forces arrived. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Initial investigations show that the bus driver, who is employed by the Egged bus company, made a mistake on the road and accidentally entered Isawiya.
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As mass vaccination sites ramp up, Gov. Larry Hogan updated Marylanders on a timeline for vaccinating, plus a problem in the supply chain. As Maryland scales up its infrastructure to support mass vaccination efforts, Gov. Larry Hogan said a disruption in the supply chain is slowing the state's ability to protect residents from COVID-19. "We are in a race between variants and vaccines," Hogan said at a news conference Friday. Maryland has put in place infrastructure that would allow for 100,000 vaccines to be administered in one day, and he reported Friday the state hit a record-high of over 80,000 vaccines given out Thursday. He said the effort was to vaccinate people before the variants spread to Maryland. "It's popping up in regions as it has throughout this crisi...
Maryland lawmakers voted Saturday to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes of three far-reaching police reform measures that supporters say are needed to increase accountability and restore public trust. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly has been working on reforms for months, following nationwide protests against racial injustice that were fueled by the police custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota nearly one year ago. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens “Last year, I attended and participated in multiple demonstrations of people demanding change - the young an...
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