Baltimore, MD – Apr. 8, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Yochanon (Yoki) Follman, brother of Mrs. Malky (Noson) Goldstein Home: 410-358-3359; Cell: 410-274-5674 Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
A Message from Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt Many people have asked about proper “protocols” for going outside during Shabbos, Yom Tov and Chol Hamoed, so I have put together this basic guideline for such activities. We strongly encourage people to go outside and get “fresh air” over Yom Tov (and in general). Isolation and quarantine do not mean that you should stay inside 24/7. Indeed, overall well-being and emotional health will be improved if people get out of their confined spaces and take walks. This is especially true for the three day Yom Tov when technology is generally not available for use. It is critically important that while we go outside, we MUST maintain the strict social distancing that we all have been employing. It would be a great shame if walking outs...
Israel’s medical forces are primed and ready, possess the expertise and are currently available to treat a much larger scope of ill patients than is likely at the immediate time. Israel has been working wisely thus far in combating the coronavirus crisis, and has used all possible tools to reduce the spread of the virus, including closing borders, placing people arriving from abroad in isolation, social distancing and extensive testing, as well as preparing the health system for very serious scenarios. The government has acted correctly and quickly, using an approach that slowed the rate of infection and contained the pandemic in hospitals, achieving reasonable medical results. We are not yet near the conclusion of this crisis, but rather, at its peak. However, alongs...
In a virtual town hall Tuesday night, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said he expects the county's local revenue to drop by "tens of millions" next year as businesses are heavily affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  Olszewski also said his administration projects expenses for the coronavirus will be in the "tens of millions." He discussed budget proposals for next year as the county is in "uncharted territory" amid the coronavirus outbreak.  For 2021, the primary focus of the budget is providing resources to the workforce, schools and for public safety, according to Olszewski.  County lawmakers will have to make difficult decisions regarding the budget, but Olszewski said, "I remain optimistic that the steps we have taken to date and those we will cont...
Giant officials announced new policies Tuesday after a Largo store employee died from the coronavirus and another in Dundalk tested positive. Officials said they will start limiting the number of customers in Giant stores, encourage customers to shop with as few family members as possible and will begin one-way traffic in aisles. The Largo employee has been identified as 27-year-old Leilani Jordan. Officials said Jordan had not worked at the store since March 16 and tested positive for the virus later that month.  “We are saddened to confirm that a store associate from our Campus Way South location in Largo passed away from COVID-19,” Giant said in a statement. “We were informed of her passing on Thursday morning by her family." Read more at WBAL
I felt the following thought is particularly pertinent this year when so many of us are confined to some degree of isolation and will not be part of the larger seder we are used to – some even conducting the seder in solitude. Please continue to daven for all of the cholim. Yom Tov hi miliz’ok, urfuah kerovah lavo. In the beginning of Maggid, we recite "Avadim hayinu." In this paragraph, we say that if not for the fact that HaKadosh Baruch Hu had taken us out of Mitzrayim, we would still be beholden to Paroah in Mitzrayim. Therefore, even if we are all wise, understanding knowers of the Torah, we have a mitzvah to tell over the story of yetzias Mitzrayim. To say that there are two questions to be asked on this paragraph would surely not be the whole truth. However, there are t...
It is with great sadness that Matzav reports the passing of Rabbi Yehuda Leib (Leibel) Groner z”l. He was 88, Reb Leibel was born in 1931. He was well-known for his role as the secretary, or “mazkir,” of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Yehudis Groner, and his children and grandchildren. His son Reb Yossi is the rov of Congregation Ohr HaTorah in Charlotte, North Carolina. His son Reb Menachem Mendel is a rosh yeshiva at the Chabad Yeshiva in Kiryat Gat, Israel alongside the city’s chief rabbi, Rav Moshe Havlin. His brother was Reb Yitzchok Dovid Groner, who was the senior Chabad rabbi in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and the director of the Yeshivah Center there. Yehi zichro boruch.
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 6, 2020 - If you need a siyum on Erev Pesach and are unable to "attend" any of the Shul Siyumim that will take place earlier in the day - that will be listed on BJL - please be aware and mark your calendar that the Vaad HaRabbanim of Baltimore has arranged that Rabbi Moshe Schuchman of the the Star-K will be making a Siyum l'zecher nishmas his father, and everyone's good friend, Jake Schuchman, Z'L @ 9:45 AM, Wednesday morning, Apr.8.If you are b'chor, after the mesayem finishes, eat something special in honor of the siyum that you have just participated in. Phone: call 1-218-895-1203 and enter conference # 2020 # BACK UP LINE  Dial-in using your phone: United States: +1 712-832-8327 Access code: 614 9165  
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 6, 2020 – For details of any siyumim that will be offered on Erev Yom Tov Wed, Apr. 8, click here for a dynamic listing updated in real time. If you are b'chor, after the mesayem finishes, eat something special in honor of the siyum that you have just participated in.
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.
At least 51 patients diagnosed as having fully recovered from the coronavirus in South Korea have tested positive a second time after leaving quarantine, according to officials. The patients from Daegu all tested positive in a “relatively short time” after they were given the all-clear from their initial infections, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, according to the government-funded Yonhap News Agency. A specialist team has been sent to conduct an epidemiological investigation in the city, which is the epicenter of the epidemic in South Korea, the agency says. For now, the KCDC’s director-general, Jeong Eun-kyeong, believes it is likely the infection was re-activated after remaining dormant in the patients, as opposed to them being rein...
I was overwhelmed by the reception of my Gratitude Tefillah on the day I came back from the hospital. My Musician friends were moved as well, and they all decided to support me with their Gratitude Message on this 20 Piece Remote Corona Style Orchestral Arrangement. Here is Nodeh Lecha. I love all you guys, thanks for doing this for me. Composed by Gadi Fuchs Arranged by Yisroel Lamm Alice Ping - Viola Asi Spector - Bass Ben Sutin - Violin Brockett Passon - Pianos Chase Potter - Violin Christian Dupree - Cello Danae Greenfield - Keyboards Rav Daniel Kohn - Clarinet Danny Flam Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet Earl Mannein - Violin Jacob Spadaro - Flute Jennifer DeVore - Cello Jordan Hirsch - Trumpet Jordan Peters - Guitar Kevin Moehringer - Trombone Oz Noy - Guitar Phillip Sheegog -Cello ...
 
WhatsApp has put new restrictions on forwarded messages in an effort to clamp down on misinformation about the coronavirus. Users can now forward certain messages to only one conversation at a time instead of the previous limit of five, the service announced Tuesday. The rule applies to messages that have already been passed along several times, which WhatsApp labels with two arrows. The move is meant to slow down the viral forwarded messages that can overwhelm users and “contribute to the spread of misinformation,” according to WhatsApp. The platform said it has seen a spike in forwarding amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation,” the company said ...
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Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott (D) unveiled a number of legislative proposals Tuesday designed to support city residents during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. “Baltimore, let me be very clear: Baltimore is the city that cannot be broken. We have made it through things before; we will make it through this together,” he said during a virtual news conference. Notably, Scott has recommended that $25 million be pulled from the city’s rainy day fund to brace for the economic impact. He estimated that the fund’s current balance rests around $90 million. Scott is calling on the mayor and city administrators to allocate a “small fraction,” or nearly 28%, of the city’s rainy day fund for relief efforts, including:  $3 million ...
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the Capital Region, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will consider Maryland a priority area, noting the extensive number of federal agencies that are based in the state. Additionally, U.S. officials have designated Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Howard, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne’s, Calvert, and Charles counties to be “hot spots.” “I want to sincerely thank the Trump administration for listening to our concerns, for responding to us and for designating the Baltimore-Washington corridor and these 12 Maryland jurisdictions as priority areas,” he said. As of Tuesday morning, 4,371 Marylanders have been ...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 7, 2020 - It is with great sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mary Gedalius, a’h, Mother of Joel Gedalius. The Levaya was out of town today. Due to social distancing Joel will not be accepting visitors for Shiva which will conclude Erev Pesach. Joel will be available by phone  9:30am to 1:00pm Tomorrow Erev Pesach (650) 804-2350 Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 7, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Dr. Elliot Samet, Z”L, father of Nosson (Yaela) Samet and Mrs. Libby Kraft. The levayah/kevura will be taking place shortly in New Jersey. Shiva calls will be accepted until Chatzos on Erev Yom Tov at 862-668-9477 Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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