If you dig deep enough, you can often find a silver lining even within the most chaotic and tragic events.
Amudim received a call recently from a young man, Sam*, who had finally hit his breaking point and was ready to seek help.
Sam grew up in an abusive home, a victim of domestic violence who saw his father beat his mother on a regular basis. He left home as soon as he could and began traveling the world, a lost wanderer seeking escape from his PTSD and chronic anxiety. After the COVID crisis forced him to return to the States and move in with a relative, feeling stuck and trapped, Sam was forced to confront his triggers and panic and was admitted to the hospital. He and his relative called Amudim soon after to speak with a case manager about getting the meaningful help he has needed f...
(Baltimore, MD - June 5, 2020) - Jewish Community Services, the Edward A. Myerberg Center, and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an online support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related disorders, July 6 and July 20. The group provides a safe and confidential environment for conversation, support, resources and education.
Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia face special challenges. Whether you provide ongoing care, participate in decision making, or simply love someone with the disease, getting support from others can help you reduce stress and maintain your well-being.
The Support Group for Dementia Caregivers is free and open to the public.&n...
Baltimore, MD - June 2020 - Today , so many parsha publications are available for the adult reader. Not as much has been created to cater the needs of our younger generation. Challenge Your Table was born to entertain and engage our children at the Shabbos table in a fun and educative way. Parents, beware: you may end up having as much fun as the children!!
Click on the pages below for a printable copy for your Shabbos table. Enjoy!
Boruch Shehechiyanu Vekiyemanu…
We thank Hashem for allowing many of us to have reached the unbelievable milestone of returning to tefillah betzibbur, our beloved communal minyanim. Throughout the difficulties of this plague, which has taken such a toll on life and health, emotional and physical, we longed for this return. As impossible as it sometimes appeared, we accomplished this while emphasizing safety – and recognizing it is still not safe for all to attend. Some will argue that many returned sooner, with no harm. My response to them is thank G-d. As long as we all follow poskim, all of whom require being machmir (stringent) regarding pikuach nefashos (life threatening) situations, Hashem will watch over us all.
Have Shavuos, the Memo...
U.S. equity markets surged Friday morning after the economy unexpectedly added jobs in May as businesses began reopening their doors following lockdowns ordered to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 673 points, or 2.56 percent, in the opening minutes of trading while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.96 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.
The U.S. economy added 2.51 million jobs in May as the unemployment rate fell to 13.3 percent, according to a report released Friday morning by the Labor Department. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitv were expecting the economy to lose 8 million jobs as the unemployment rate spiked to 19.8 percent.
President Trump, who posted an enthusiastic tweet aft...
Post claiming IDF soldier killed 'Palestinian' boy revealed to be photo of Chilean, not Israeli, officer.
Facebook removed on Friday a viral photo that falsely accused an "IDF soldier" of killing a "Palestinian" boy.
The photo, which was shared more than 25,000 times on Facebook before it was removed, depicted a Chilean police officer crushing a bloodied boy alongside the caption: "An Israeli soldier kills a Palestinian child."
According to the profile of Nabil Ben H, the Facebook user who uploaded the photo, he is an employee of the Tunisian Education Ministry.
The post was first exposed by popular Israeli-Arab social activist Yoseph Haddad and was soon picked up by the Arab Desk of the pro-Israel watchdog Im Tirtzu, which urged its tens of thousands of followers to report...
The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday refused to accept tax revenues for the month of May collected on its behalf by Israel, as part of what it says is its end of cooperation with the Jewish state over Jerusalem’s plan to extend Israeli law to parts of Judea and Samaria.
Ibrahim Melhem, the spokesman for the Palestinian government, said in a statement that the P.A. had rejected the taxes “in compliance with the leadership decision to stop all forms of coordination with Israel,” according to Reuters. Under the Oslo agreements, Israel collects taxes on behalf of the P.A. that make up over half the P.A. government.
The Palestinian government will have difficulty functioning without the $190 million in monthly tax revenue.
P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas threatened last month t...
Republicans on a Senate panel voted Thursday to authorize a sweeping set of potential subpoenas targeting the origin of the federal investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, with a focus on several senior members of former president Barack Obama’s administration.
The vote in the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee represents the escalation of an election-year GOP campaign to recast the investigations that consumed much of the president’s first two years in office as the product of backroom manipulation, corner-cutting and subterfuge orchestrated by Trump’s political enemies.
The committee voted along party lines to authorize 36 subpoenas after several attempts by Democrats failed to delay the vote.
“There are times when extra...
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on hearing a case about a German arts museum and whether or not a treasure trove, known as the “Guelph Treasure,” should be returned to the heirs of four Jewish art dealers in Germany. The dealers have argued that they were forced to sell it to the Nazi-controlled Prussian government in 1935 in what they called a “genocidal taking.”
The collection, worth around $224.45 million, consists of medieval church relics and was owned by the House of Guelph in 1671 until it was sold to a group of art dealers in 1929. The items currently sit in the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Applied Arts Museum) in Berlin.
In a May 26 filing, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued that the heirs have failed make the case, in accordance with the 1976...
Founder and Editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, denounce leaderships agenda surround coronavirus and recent rioting.
An asteroid as big as the Empire State Building is hurtling toward Earth and is expected to whiz by Saturday in a relatively close call, according to reports.
Named 2002 NN4, the giant space rock is estimated to be between 820 and 1,870 feet in diameter, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CBS News reported.
The asteroid, which is traveling at more than 20,000 mph, would inflict catastrophic damage on our planet if it hit, but thankfully is predicted to stay more than 3 million miles away — or 13 times farther from us than the moon, NASA told the news outlet.
Read more at THE NY POST.
American Airlines will boost July flights 74% from its current schedule as U.S. travelers freed from shelter-in-place orders rush back more quickly than expected. The move spurred a rally across the industry.
The busiest days next month will have about 4,000 flights, up from 2,300 in June, said Vasu Raja, American’s senior vice president of network strategy. That’s equivalent to 40% of capacity a year earlier, compared with 30% in June, the airline said Thursday.
American’s expanded schedule builds on recent indications from rivals that customers are starting to make their way back onto planes after fleeing in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. While traffic is still weak by historical standards, the airline’s trends suggest that the worst has passed. Load...
City Councilman Eric Ulrich is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove Mayor Bill de Blasio from office amid ongoing unrest. The Queens Republican told 1010 WINS Thursday that “Mayor de Blasio has lost control of the city of New York.”
“When people’s lives and their livelihoods are at stake, the mayor has just failed to bring the city together and get control of the situation,” he said.
Ulrich said his calls are following on Cuomo’s comments earlier this week in which the governor said the mayor could be “displaced” after widespread vandalism and looting in the city, particularly on Sunday and Monday nights. “The governor was the one who put this out there the other day,” Ulrich said. “We have a Public Officers La...
Israel Energy Ministry Yuval Steinitz announced an 80 billion shekel ($22.8 billion) plan to increase solar power use during the next 10 years.
The goal is to have solar power production grow 30 percent by 2030, Steinitz said according to a Reuters report on Monday. The plan is estimated to cut air pollution by 93 percent compared to 2015.
“This is a move that will change the face of the State of Israel, and it will be carried out by the private sector. There is a great deal of room for growth, innovation, and enterprise,” Steinitz said, Globes reported.
The new target, said Steinitz, is to outpace rising demand and have solar power production grow to 30 percent by 2030, or about 16,000 megawatts. That is roughly the same as total energy production today.
He said that most ...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield told Congress on Thursday that the country needs between 30,000 and 100,000 people working on contact tracing in order to help contain the next wave of the coronavirus.
The estimate shows the daunting challenge of hiring an army of people to interview those infected with coronavirus to identify who they have been in contact with so that those people can quarantine and help prevent the spread of the virus.
“I’ve estimated between 30 and 100,000” contact tracers are needed,” Redfield told the House Appropriations Committee during a hearing Thursday. He acknowledged the figure is “sizable,” though it is actually less than the 300,000 people former CDC director Tom Frieden has estima...
Police finally enforced an 8 p.m. curfew Thursday evening by busting up protests across the city — making dozens of arrests, the NY Post reports.
Thousands of protesters had continued to march in defiance of the deadline, including in Upper Manhattan, in the Bronx and in Brooklyn, on the eighth day of citywide demonstrations against police brutality.
An approximately 100-person demonstration in the Bronx organized by activist group DecolonizeThisPlace, devolved into chaos when NYPD cops in riot gear blocked off the march near East 136th Street and Brook Avenue. The marchers chanted “let us go,” but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Just minutes after 8 p.m., cops stormed in to make arrests. They were seen pulling individual protesters out of the melee, placing t...
Joe Biden thinks that around 10 to 15 percent of Americans are “not very good people,” but that the “vast majority of the people are decent” and want to get along with each other. The former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee appeared to get his figure out of thin air during an online town hall event with some of his black supporters on Thursday night.
“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don’t think the vast majority of people think that,” Biden said during the event, which was hosted by actor Don Cheadle. “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are. The vast majority of the people are decent...
The raging argument between President Trump and his most-used social-media site got even worse Thursday after Twitter pulled a video by Trump’s campaign team that paid tribute to George Floyd. A Twitter spokesperson said they’d received a complaint from a copyright owner of at least one of the images in the video, so it had to be taken down. But the campaign reacted with fury to the action, which followed Twitter’s decisions last week to fact-check and conceal incendiary posts from Trump about the Floyd protests.
In an angry statement, Andrew Clark, spokesman for the Trump campaign, said: “Censoring out the president’s important message of unity around the George Floyd protests is an unfortunate escalation of this double standard.” Separately, the Trump...
Israel Airports Authority workers are protesting the government's response to the crisis in the aviation sector. El Al, Air Canada, and United flights currently en route to Israel will reportedly be allowed to land.
Israel's airports are under a full strike, employees of the Israel Airports Authority announced Friday morning. The strike applies to Ben-Gurion International Airport, as well as Ramon Airport in southern Israel.
A total of 17 flights were scheduled to take off on Friday, and 20 were scheduled to land. Airlines affected include United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Wizz, Ethiopian Airlines. El Al, Air Canada, and United flights currently en route to Israel will reportedly be permitted to land, although anyone expecting to meet passengers is advised to check their flight st...