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Please say Tehillim for Josh Lewis, Yehoshua Shalom ben Bluma, who is in need of Rachamei Shamayim
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Baltimore, MD – March 30, 2020 –  We’ve all heard what the adults around the globe have been saying – and watched the YouTube parodies they have been singing – about the Coronavirus. I thought it was about time that we check in on the kids in our community to hear their take on this whirlwind of unfolding events, and to see how they are managing. I began by asking 14-year-old Beth Tfiloh freshman, Michael Bitman. “I really feel that it is kind of cool that we can learn from home,” shared Michael. “I was readi...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 30, 2020 - Coronavirus isolation making you feel disconnected? ETZtalks, Etz Chaim's new online Jewish experience, is providing exciting and thought provoking inspiration and learning. Many of the Jewish worlds best speakers, including Charlie Harary, RAV GAV Friedman, and Ruchi Koval, as well as some local Baltimore talent such as Nossi Gross and Dr. Dan Grove, have joined with Etz Chaim's stellar staff to create a multi-dimensional experience enjoyable from home. After just one week of programming, hundreds of Baltimore's Jews have enjoyed the classes, the weekly Saturday Night Kumsitz by Nossi Gross, and the interactive Q & A on Coronavirus with Dr. Grove.  Don't miss Charlie Harary's presentation Tuesday March 31st and...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2020 -  Hungry? So Are They!  Latest Updates on Our Community Eateries. Click the graphic below to see a 2-page printable PDF.
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31, 2020 - Kosher Dunkin’ Update:Kosher Dunkin’ Update You can order via the Dunkin App and Select ‘Curb Side Pick Up’. We will come deliver your order to your car. Pre-Order via phone 15 mins prior and we can have your order ready. We will deliver to your car. You can order via GRUBHUB and they will deliver it to your location. Kosher Locations: 1508 Reisterstown Road, (410) 653 8182 (Old Court) 7000 Reisterstown Road (410) 764 6846 (Fallstaff) 7002 A Reisterstown Road (410) 580 9550 (Drive thru Only) PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ENSURE WE HAVE A SAFE AND SMOOTH PASSOVER.
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31, 2020 -  Sterling Care Kosher Assisted Living was approved by the Maryland Department of Health to accept residents who have not tested positive for COVID, and currently do not have any respiratory symptoms or fever. We have a limited amount of rooms available for elderly individuals who are isolated and at risk of harm while alone in the community. For further information please call 410-318-8999.
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An all-star cast of singers has come together virtually to cover the MBD classic “Someday” for a good cause. The music video, shot entirely on cellphones, was produced in support of Chai Lifeline’s Isolated Together emergency response campaign to help children with life-threatening illnesses and their families who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  The video features Avraham Fried, Mordechai Shapiro, Benny Friedman, Gad Elbaz, Levy Falkowitz, Zusha, and a host of artists from across the Jewish world. Dini Storch, who composed the original song, is herself a Chai Lifeline mother (of Hudis a”h).
Explanation from Rabbi Yisrael Motzen"The prophet has spoken. Ishai Ribo once again captures all the drama and emotions of a nation in one beautiful song.  I have in the past given classes explaining some of his songs. With this one, no commentary necessary. A loose and imperfect translation below.  בין תרומה לתצווהיום הולדת קצת משונההכל רגיל כאן לכאורהבמה קהל ואהבהBetween (Parshas) Terumah and (Parshas) Tetzaveh A slightly different birthday partyEverything seems to be just fineStages full of people and loveבין תצווה לכי תישאאסתר פורים משתה שמחהמי יחנה ומי יסעומי ישא בתוצאהBetween (Parshas) Tetzaveh and (Parshas) Ki SisaEsther, Purim, drinks, and joy, Who will stay an...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 28, 2020 -  In light of the current situation, many are feeling the effects of isolation and the mental health issues that are emerging as a result. Please feel free to reach out to clinicians who provide counseling services via teleconferencing. The following is a partial list of clinicians who are available. If you are a Baltimore-based clinician and would like to have your contact information posted here, you may email us here.Howard Reznick, MSW, LCSW-C 443-310-2243 HOWREZ@GMAIL.COMFran Appler, Ph.D. & Associates410 484-3037franappler@gmail.comJoseph Bechhofer, PsyD Miller Psychology Group (Children and Families) 443-330-2146 Josephbechhofer@gmail.com Nosson Berman MFT, LCPC.443.390.6508Nbermanmft@gmail.comMichael Freedman, PhD, LCSW-C & Associate...
The following are remarks delivered last week by the Sanzer Rebbe in Netanya, Israel.It’s important to contemplate that just as this virus cannot be seen by our eyes and yet it has the power to transform the whole world, so too the Almighty is not seen but runs the whole world.While you might say that with the right instruments one can see the virus, you should know that if you have the right “instruments” you can also “see” the Almighty. Those instruments can be accessed – as is mentioned in many works and throughout chassidic literature – through deep connection to Torah….It is forbidden to say about anything – certainly about something so major –that it is just a random event. We must attempt to ponder: Why did Hashem bring th...
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) Tuesday called for a congressional inquiry into the World Health Organization (WHO) over its response to the coronavirus, accusing the group of “helping Communist China cover up” the full extent of the virus’s spread. Scott, a vocal China critic, has voiced concerns about the relationship between the WHO and Beijing in the past and said the health organization “failed” to get adequate information from China out to the public. “The mission of the WHO is to get public health information to the world so every country can make the best decisions to keep their citizens safe. When it comes to Coronavirus, the WHO failed. They need to be held accountable for their role in promoting misinformation and helping Communist China cover up a...
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) tells Lawrence O’Donnell that the coronavirus is like “a fire through dry grass” that will spread all across the United States, not just New York.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume joins Shannon Bream on ‘Fox News @ Night.’
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All are asked to daven for Chazan Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, who is in the hospital. Chazan Helfgot, we are told, is in serious but stable condition after contracting the coronavirus. Be mispallel for Yitzchak Meir ben Chaya Pesya.
4 coronavirus cases confirmed at Baltimore City nursing home Several more deaths from the coronavirus were reported Tuesday in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Health said three victims include a Carroll County resident in his 80s with underlying conditions, a Howard County resident in his 80s with underlying conditions, and a Prince George's County resident in his 40s with no underlying conditions. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced Tuesday afternoon that a city resident in her 70s has died. The Frederick County Health Department announced Tuesday afternoon that a woman in her 90s with underlying medical conditions died from the coronavirus. Then, the Carroll County Health Department announced the deaths of three more residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home, where ther...
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Maryland State Police released details Tuesday on how they'll enforce Gov. Larry Hogan's order directing most Marylanders to stay at home. State troopers won't pull over drivers just to determine if their travel is essential. However, during a crash investigation or traffic stop, if a trooper determines someone was engaged in non-essential travel, they can take enforcement action. Police said drivers don't need documentation to support their purpose of travel, but it may help to have it handy. Troopers will continue to take action on non-essential businesses that remain open or groups of more than 10 people gathering in violation of Hogan's orders. Under the order, Marylanders may still get groceries, get prescriptions, seek medical attention, get cle...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. Public health officials stressed that the number could be less if people change their behavior. “We really believe we can do a lot better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. That would require all Americans to take seriously their role in preventing the spread of disease, she said. Trump called American efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “a matter of life and death” and urged ...
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As the head of Misaskim, I am on the front lines in dealing with the multitude of tragedies in recent days. Misaskim has been inundated with calls and emergencies. With an unprecedented amount of niftarim in such a short period of time – and dozens of young, innocent yesomim added to our list – it has been a very tough week at Misaskim. Misaskim’s mission is to alleviate tragedies with compassion – which is ever more important at a time when the traditional sense of shivah is not fulfilled. In addition to ensuring kavod hameis, each niftar has a family that he or she leaves behind, who need comforting in such trying times. Recently, our mission went from difficult to impossible. The coronavirus – along with the self-quarant...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31, 2020 - In honor of the shloshim of his father, Yeshaya Leib ben Ze'ev, Raphael Eliezer Waldman is making a siyum on Shas Mishnayos via Zoom on Wednesday, Apr.1 @8:30 PM. Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/296315415 Meeting ID: 296 315 415
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