Baltimore, MD – Nov. 6, 2018 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mr. Max Jacob, Z'L, beloved husband of the late Irene Jacob (nee Farcas); devoted father of Elliot (Harriet) Jacob; dear brother of the late Cantor David Jacob and Clara Jacob; adored son of the late Hermina and Elliott Jacob; loving grandfather of Alana (Hillel) Goldman, Aviva (Yonatan) Freiden and Goldie (Dr. Jacob) Milner; also survived by many great grandchildren. Levayah at Levinson's, 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, November 8, at 10 am. Kevurah will take place at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery - Randallstown. Shiva will be observed at 6820 Cherokee Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209. Shiva will begin Thursday at 2PM thr...
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a case that could have ramifications for the American Jewish community. The highest court in the land agreed to hear arguments in Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, regarding whether a 93-year-old cross-shaped memorial dedicated to local American troops who perished in World War I “located on a Maryland highway median violates the Constitution’s required separation of church and state, a case that could impact hundreds of similar monuments nationwide,” according to the Associated Press. In October 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the monument is unconstitutional because it “excessively entangles” church and state. The Jewish Coalition fo...
Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar have become the first Muslim women elected to US Congress. Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, who won a seat in the US House of Representatives, wrapped herself in a "Palestinian" flag at her victory party. She is one of the two first Muslim women ever to be elected to the deliberative body, along with Somali Ilhan Omar from Minnesota. Daughter of Arabs who left Samaria for the United States, Tlaib became the first Muslim female member of Michigan’s state legislature a decade ago. Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit, reported Yeshiva World. Asked during an interview with British Channel 4 News whether she would vote against military aid ...
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A gunman shot a sheriff’s deputy and around six other people inside a country-and-western bar and dance club in Southern California on Wednesday night, authorities said. Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said he could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead. He described the situation as still active. “We’re still looking for the shooter,” Kuredjian said. “We can’t confirm that the shooter is in custody.” Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11:20 p.m., and shots were still being fired when deputies arrived. It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its web...
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials must draw up a new congressional redistricting plan that isn't tainted by partisan gerrymandering, a panel of federal judges ruled Wednesday. The three-judge panel's decision, issued one day after the midterm elections, orders the state to submit the new map by March 7. Otherwise, the court will appoint a commission to produce a redistricting plan for use in the 2020 congressional election. Several Republican voters sued over the boundaries of one of Maryland's eight congressional districts, claiming state officials unfairly redrew it in 2011 to favor Democrats. The panel hearing the case in U.S. District Court in Maryland said the state must redraw the 6th congressional district's lines using "traditional criteria fo...
NEW YORK (AP) — The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern," calling it "absolutely unacceptable." The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush ...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Only U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana survived President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign to topple Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted against his Supreme Court picks. The president and his surrogates returned repeatedly to Montana, North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana this election season, pounding on Tester and other incumbent Democrats who opposed the nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Conservative groups followed the White House’s lead by pouring tens of millions of dollars into ad campaigns against the Democratic senators. Tester earned particular ire for his central role in derailing Trump’s pick for Veteran Affairs secretary, Ronny Jackson, by airing misconduct allegations against the White House...
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign declared victory Wednesday in the Georgia governor’s race, though Democrat Stacey Abrams insists that enough ballots remain to leave open the possibility of a runoff in a race that Kemp oversees as secretary of state. The Associated Press has not called the contest. Ryan Mahoney, a top Kemp campaign adviser, told reporters in a conference call that the numbers show Abrams can’t win and a runoff won’t happen — but stopped short of declaring victory until pressed by an Associated Press reporter. Only then did Mahoney say Kemp is certain of victory and preparing to take office in January. “We are declaring victory,” Mahoney said. Another campaign official, Austin Chambers, added: “The mess...
NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump’s combative relationship with the media deteriorated further Wednesday with a news conference where he called some reporters rude and accused a PBS reporter of posing a racist question when she asked him about white nationalists. “It’s such a hostile media,” Trump said during his post-midterms news conference at the White House, after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question. The president complained that the media did not cover the humming economy and was responsible for much of the country’s divided politics. He said that “I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good.” His exchanges with CNN’s Jim Acosta and NBC...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Jeff Sessions’ resignation as attorney general (all times local): 5:55 p.m. Jeff Sessions has left the Justice Department for his last time as attorney general. Sessions walked out Wednesday evening to applause from more than 150 employees who gathered in a courtyard at the Justice Department. As he left, Sessions appeared emotional and said, “Thank you” and “God bless,” before hopping into a waiting SUV. He also shook hands with his chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, who was appointed acting attorney general on Wednesday after Sessions resigned at the president’s request. Whitaker told Sessions: “It’s been an honor, sir.” Trump’s relationship with Sessions frayed just weeks into his tenu...
NEW YORK (AP) — After Fox News Channel called Sean Hannity’s appearance at a Trump rally on Monday an “unfortunate distraction,” a further distraction was avoided on election night. Hannity made no appearance on Fox’s midterms coverage, even though the network had previously announced that its prime-time opinion hosts Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham would all be part of it. Both Carlson and Ingraham did appear. When Hannity and Fox colleague Jeanine Pirro were called to the stage and talked during President Trump’s final rally before the elections in Missouri, it was an embarrassment to the network. Fox said on Tuesday that it did not condone such campaign appearances, and called it a distraction from the work of its journalists covering the...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 7, 2018 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of  Sandy Vogel, a'h, wife of Dr. Les Vogel, loving mother of Elana (Dr. Reuven) Dressler and Dodi (Joey) Samuel; dear sister of Robert Listernick; adoring grandmother of Avigayil, Amitai, Hila, Emuna, Hodaya, and Benaya Dressler, and Rafi, Eitan, Kira, and Yona Samuel; dear daughter of the late Myer and Sylvia Listernick. The levaya will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, at 2:00 pm at Levinsons. Kevura will follow at the Beth Tfiloh Cemetery - 5800 Windsor Mill Road.  Shiva will be observed at 3312 Midfield Road through Shacharis, Wednesday, November 14. Minyanim: Shacharis - Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday - 7:...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 7, 2018 - The Board of Directors of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Lisa K. Budlow as CHAI’s Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. During her 2 ½ year tenure with the agency, Lisa served as Vice President for Aging in Community, Chief Operating Officer, and most recently, Interim CEO. Through Lisa’s strategic leadership, CHAI expanded its services to older adults, providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement, supporting safe, secure housing and helping seniors to live well and independently in the community. As COO and Interim CEO, Lisa worked collaboratively to continue the positive momentum of CHAI’s community development and housing development work. Lisa demonstrated t...
Baltimore, MD – November 7, 2018 - When I first heard that the Dunkin’ Donuts in Colonial Village Shopping Center planned on opening an adjacent drive-thru, I was wondering where, exactly, there would be room. Now I know. The Candy Store’s ownership just announced that the store was approached by their landlord, The Fedder Company, about leaving its location of the past 15 years, so the drive-thru can be constructed in that space. Fortunately, for those who enjoy the intoxicating sugar rush upon entering The Candy Store, and digging into bins full of neon colored gummy bears and sour worms, among other sweet pleasures, they won’t have too far to go. Actually, they just need to walk across the parking lot to the former Pern’s Hebrew Book & Gift Shop locati...
With Jews worldwide still shocked and stunned by the horrific murder of eleven people as they prayed, a recently launched campaign has had Jews all across the globe channeling their grief in a positive direction. After hearing numerous individuals wondering how they could make a difference in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh tragedy, Rabbi Yisroel Majeski, rav of Los Angeles’ Kehilas Lev Simcha and senior lecturer at LAJ, came up with an idea that would give every person, no matter where they were, the ability to do something to elevate the victims’ souls.  Launching an initiative that asked people to commit themselves to doing a good deed in memory of the synagogue victims that he dubbed #PledgeForPittsburgh, Rabbi Majeski took his campaign to a worldwide audience in a th...
WASHINGTON (AP) —The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he wants “answers immediately” after Jeff Sessions was forced out as attorney general by President Donald Trump. Rep. Jerry Nadler is in line to become the chairman of the Judiciary panel when Democrats take control of the House in January. He tweeted that “we will be holding people accountable.” Trump has long expressed frustration with Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Democrats worry that firing Sessions is a path to removing special counsel Robert Mueller and trying to end the probe. Nadler says he wants to know why Trump is making the change and “who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation?” ___...
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats and Republicans nationwide had their eyes trained on Georgia to see whether the emerging battleground state, would elect the first black woman governor in American history or double down on the Deep South’s GOP tendencies with an acolyte of President Donald Trump. But they’ll have to wait a little longer. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the contest, why Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams agree it’s not over and what it means in Georgia and beyond. KEMP LEADS AND ABSENTEES LOOM With almost 3.9 million votes counted, Kemp stood at 50.5 percent, enough for an outright victory under a quirky Georgia law requiring a majority to win a general election without a runoff. But Abrams and Kemp agree there are absentee...
New York - The New York Police Department gathered about 20 saluting officers and held an aviation flyover to honor an Emergency Services K-9 just before she died. The New York Daily News reports the 5-year-old bloodhound named Angel was diagnosed with cancer in August. She was honored on Monday as she took a final walk into Staten Island’s Rosebank Animal Hospital to be euthanized. In her time with the police force, Angel helped find missing autistic children and track down crime suspects. She received an American Kennel Club award for her service. Her human partner, Officer Manuel Orellana, says Angel also enjoyed some typical dog mischief while off-duty. He fondly remembers her emerging from his Long Island garden with an eggplant or cucumber in her mouth. ___ Information fr...
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