ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A little more than 43,000 people filed for unemployment in Maryland during the final week of May.
The Maryland Department of Labor reported Thursday that 43,095 people filed for unemployment for the week of May 30, down from 48,963 the week prior.
The DOL reports unemployment claims by type: regular or pandemic related assistance (PUA and PEUC). There were 32,030 regular claims and 11,065 PUA and PEUC claims.
In total, 705,714 Marylanders have filed unemployment claims since March 14.
The DOL said there was an average of 2,592 new unemployment claims per week in Maryland between Dec. 28, 2019, and March 7.
The three counties with the highest number of claims are Prince George's County with 7,176, Montgomery County with 6,409 and Baltimore Cou...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May from 14.7%, and 2.5 million jobs were added — a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy in the wake of the viral pandemic.
The May job gain suggests that businesses have quickly been recalling workers as states have reopened their economies.
Other evidence has also shown that the job market meltdown triggered by the coronavirus has bottomed out. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has declined for nine straight weeks. And the total number of people receiving such aid has essentially leveled off.
The overall job cuts have widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. Though the unemployme...
Iran’s Channel 2 TV aired a video last month titled “COVID-1948,” comparing Israel to the coronavirus.
In the video, which aired on May 22, the narrator says that the world has been shocked that coronavirus has prevented children from going out to play, while Israel has been bombing hospitals and killing children.
It is clear in which “lab” Israel was created, says the narrator, and adds that becoming stronger and increasing solidarity and unity can defeat Israel just as it can defeat COVID-19. He adds: “It is enough for the freedom-seeking countries of the world to join hearts [to] rid the world of this virus forever.”
Baltimore, MD - June 4, 2020 - While our gorgeous, newly renovated restaurant, with its sit-down bar and sushi bar, will not be open to the public for a few more weeks, we are releasing a sneak peek of our soft-opening takeout menu. We will be accepting takeout orders THIS SUNDAY, June 7th, beginning at 11 am! (Orders may be placed until 8:30 PM) We are located in Club Centre at 1500 Reisterstown Rd (in the old Umami Bistro’s location). Our regular operating hours will be Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 am-3:00 pm and 4:30 pm-9:00 pm, and on Fridays from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. We hope to have a Shabbos menu for family-sized takeout and will be providing more information about these options next week. New menu items will be added daily until our full menu is released! Keep an eye out...
Baltimore, MD - June 4, 2020 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Shira Ambush and Malkiel Nadel on their engagement.
Mazel Tov Mr. & Mrs. Shea Ambush and Mr. Dov Ahron Nadel and Mrs. Idit Nadel
יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
Imagine if you would be privileged to gain an audience with the Gadol HaDor to receive his personal blessing.
Now imagine if you would be offered an opportunity to gain a personal blessing from G-d Himself.
The Birkas Kohanim that is conferred upon us is not the personal blessing of the Kohanim, but the conveying of Hashem’s intimate wish for us.
The Rambam writes:
Do not wonder: “What good will come from the blessing of this simple person?”, for the reception of the blessings is not dependent on the priests, but on the Holy One, blessed be He, as it states: “And they shall set My name upon the children of Israel, and I shall bless them.” [Numbers 6:27] The priests perform the mitzvah with which they were commanded, and G-d, in His mercies, will bless Isra...
More than 10,000 people have been arrested nationwide in the protests that have gripped the nation since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week, according to an Associated Press tally.
More than a quarter of those arrests have been in Los Angeles, with the second-highest number occurring in New York, followed by Dallas and Philadelphia.
Although hundreds of people have been arrested on burglary and looting charges, a large number of arrests were for low-level offenses such as curfew violation or failure to disperse, according to the AP analysis.
Read more at The Hill.
Coronavirus no longer “clinically” exists in Italy, which has seen the deadly disease lose potency, according to a doctor.
New infections and fatalities from COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, fell steadily in the country in May.
“In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, told RAI television. “The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago.”
Read more at THE NY POST.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was shouted down with boos and shouts of when he tried to take the podium at a George Floyd protest in Brooklyn on Thursday.
The heckling was so intense, the mayor kept his remarks under five minutes, and then was no longer seen on the stage.
“Black lives matter in New York,” the mayor attempted to say at the protest at Cadman Plaza at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.
“Not to you!” one heckler shouted.
Read more at THE NY POST.
The Senate yesterday passed legislation extending and expanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a key component of the federal government's response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. The action follows the House’s passage of the bill last month, and the bill is headed to the President's desk for signature.
“We applaud these further steps taken by Congress on legislation so vital to all Americans, including the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Abba Cohen, Vice President for Government Affairs and Washington Director of Agudath Israel of America. “We have advocated aggressively for expansion of, and refinements to, the PPP in order to better address new and continuing challenges facing individuals, businesses and nonprofits durin...
At 176 pesukim, Parshat Naso “tops the charts” as the longest parsha in the entire Torah. Its heft is a product of the protracted final section of Naso which delineates the gifts of the twelve nesi’im or tribal leaders. Even though their gift-packages were identical, the Torah enumerates each and every one of the twelve collections. Evidently, there is a deeper lesson to this “gift-giving”- a lesson important enough to justify extensive repetition of seemingly redundant information.
Commenting on this pageant of gifts, the Midrash portrays the mindset of the respective leaders as they offered their tributes. Each tribe possessed a unique talent and a distinct historical calling. These traits and tendencies had been announced by their patriarch, Ya’akov,...
Baltimore City officials and The Rockefeller Foundation on Thursday announced a program aimed at addressing economic and public health issues spurred by the coronavirus
The Baltimore Health Corps will recruit, train and employ more than 300 Baltimoreans left jobless during the crisis. Health Corps members will be deployed to support contact tracing, public health education outreach, care coordination and social support in the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods.
“The Baltimore Health Corps is first-of-its-kind because it will target hiring individuals who have recently lost their jobs due to the pandemic and live in communities hardest hit by COVID-19 as community health workers, including those without previous healthcare experience,” Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said...
Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today that some residents may experience a delay in trash and recycling collections as DPW makes staffing modifications.
“I want residents to know that your trash and recycling will be collected. Our crews may not be able to arrive during the times that you are use to seeing them, but they will be there,” Acting Director Garbark said. DPW’s Bureau of Solid Waste has experienced fluctuations in staffing levels and has had to make adjustments to respond to COVID-19. In addition, hiring and retaining drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) have been ongoing challenges for the Bureau.
DPW encourages individuals ...
Three authors of a large study that last month found antimalarials provided no benefit to treating Covid-19 infections, while increasing the risk of heart problems and death, retracted their findings.
The authors said in a statement Thursday provided by The Lancet, the medical journal that published the study on May 22, that they decided to issue the retraction after Surgisphere Corp., the private company that provided the research data, refused to share the full, detailed data set as part of a review after outside researchers raised concerns.
“We always aspire to perform our research in accordance with the highest ethical and professional guidelines,” said the authors, Mandeep Mehra, Frank Ruschitzka and Amit Patel. Read more at WSJ
Jewish community leaders in the eastern German city of Halle expressed shock on Thursday after learning that the neo-Nazi gunman who attacked a local Shul on Yom Kippur last year had attempted to escape from prison last weekend.
“It is incredible that he almost made it. I have no words,” Max Privorozki — chairman of the Halle Jewish community — told the dpa news agency.
The incident involving the gunman, 27-year-old Stephan Balliet, occurred last Saturday, when he briefly managed to dodge the gaze of prison guards during a recreation period in the courtyard of the Halle correctional facility.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Justice in the State of Saxony-Anhalt, Balliet then jumped over an 11-foot-tall fence before being captured by guards about fiv...
After members of the US National Guard stationed outside the White House asked protesters for a prayer on Wednesday night, some in the crowd sang a Jewish song, according to footage from the scene.
Voices in the clip are heard singing the Hebrew words “Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha, tasim l’olam,” as three Guardsmen, who identified themselves as coming from Utah, watch.
The prayer — which asks God to grant eternal peace to the people of Israel — is part of the “Amidah,” a Jewish prayer that is said three times a day.
The video also features a singer enthusiastically shouting “Tasim l’olam!” The clip ends just as one protester begins to suggest another song. Read more at Algemeiner
The riots over the killing of George Floyd have turned Eyal Dahan’s Los Angeles neighborhood into “a war zone”—and according to Dahan, some Palestinians are taking advantage of the chaos to wreck shuls.
A number of Los Angeles shuls have been vandalized or even destroyed during the riots, including one in Beverly Hills. According to Dahan, an Israeli living in Los Angeles, the buildings were not targeted by any of the protesters demonstrating against Floyd’s death, but rather by Palestinians who “exploited the opportunity.”
“I saw a PLO flag and them shouting to ‘free Palestine.’ I don’t think it was black protesters who did this damage,” he said.
Dahan, a clothing supplier who has lived in the United Stat...
Despite yesterday’s sudden ban on unmarried students entering Israel, numerous students- who had previously received permits- succeeded in boarding flights yesterday (Wednesday). Single students who arrived on United Flight 90 from Newark entered Israel without incident. However, seven single yeshiva students on Delta Flight 234, did not fare as well.
The group was detained upon arrival, and was told that they would be returned to the United States. Chaim V’Chessed was contacted shortly after their arrival, and immediately activated numerous contacts in an attempt to have the students released.
At first, Border Police officers were insistent that the students be sent back on the very plane they’d arrived on. Chaim V’Chessed officials spent nearly four hours o...