Baltimore, MD - May 17, 2022 - Rabbi Doniel Balsam, a well known member of our community has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He is a member of Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek and his Rav, Rabbi Dovid Heber, recently sent out the following message to his kehila which we share with the entire community.
"As many of you know, our dear member Reb Doniel Balsam has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease r”l. Please continue to daven on behalf of Doniel Yitzchak ben Devorah.
The following was brought to my attention:
AMX0035 is a drug that sounds promising in slowing the progression of ALS. However, it has not been approved yet by the FDA and is therefore not available to those suffering from this disease.
The ALS Associati...
Baltimore, MD – May 17, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Jacob Benus, z’l, husband of Sharon Benus, father of Mia Blecher and Avi Benus and brother of Sarah Lehnhoff.Shiva will be observed through Tuesday morning, May 24 at 7709 Crossland, Baltimore, MD, 21208. The family requests anyone attending Shiva services to please wear a mask and asks for no visitors between 12-3 and 5-6
Minyanim will take place outdoors:
Shacharis: 7:30AM (Sun.: 9:00AM)
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that it had amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, allowing the use of a single booster dose in children ages 5 to 11.
The shot would be given at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
"The FDA is authorizing the use of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age to provide continued protection against COVID-19," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said in a statement."
"While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, ...
For the past 26 months, air passengers to and from Israel have been required to wear masks.
Today, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced the demise of this policy. Beginning at midnight on May 23 (the night between Sunday and Monday), masks will no longer be required on flights to or from Israel.
Chaim V’Chessed notes that the announcement comes on the heels of the cancellation of Covid testing for air passengers. Hence, the only Covid related travel rule will be the requirement to fill out the online Health Declaration.
Baltimore, MD - May 17, 2022 - Some of the food boxes this week have in them PLANTERS peanuts bearing only a "K' symbol and not an OU. These are NOT Kosher. (Note: The Planters or Essential Everyday peanuts that have an OU are Kosher)Our apologies for this mistake.
City Council President Nick Mosby said Monday he can't return money collected by a legal defense fund set up for him and his wife, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby because he doesn't personally have the funds.
"There was never any money that was passed along," Nick Mosby said. "Not much money was collected so there's nothing to give back."
The Baltimore City Ethics Board last week said Nick Mosby violated city ethics rules with the creation of the fund and ordered him to return some of the donations.
Nick Mosby said he has been "fully transparent" during the Ethics Board's investigation and said he would "fully comply with the board."
Internal Revenue Service records show that public relations professional Robyn Murphy, a close friend of Marilyn Mo...
Family members of a patient who was evacuated in critical condition to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem rioted in the intensive care unit after being notified of his death.
Dozens of family members of the victim, residents of eastern Jerusalem, broke doors and windows, destroyed the nurses' stand and beat the staff members.
Hospital security guards and police officers who were called to the scene were able to restore order. Two medical personnel suffered light injuries and were treated in the hospital emergency room.
The hospital said, "The entire staff has been left shocked by the serious violence. At this time, the hospital director and the social service director are on site to carry out a support procedure and process the incident with the staff."
Dr. Tamar Elram...
Baltimore, MD – May 16, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Moshe & Miriam Hammelburger on the birth of a daughter.
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Baltimore, MD – May 12, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Sara Raize Wolowik, a'h, beloved mother of Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik.The family requests that her husband Rabbi Leibel Wolowik not be told about her passing.The Levaya will take place Friday, passing by World Lubavitch Headquarters 770 Eastern Parkway at 10:30 am.Graveside at old Montefiore Cemetery 121-83 Springfield BLVD in Queens at 11:30 am.Family will be sitting at 748 Central Ave, Woodmere, NY, until Thursday morning. BALTIMORE:Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik (914.960.2888) will return Tuesday at 6:00PM to Baltimore to complete the Shiva at 7201 Denberg Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209. Mincha at 8:00PM Maariv: Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:45 PM Shacharis: Wednesday an...
Baltimore, MD - May 16, 2022 - 3:45PM - A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 9:00PM EDT tonight by the National Weather Service for Baltimore MD/Washington DC.
Baltimore, MD - May 16, 2022 - 2:24PM - The following was just issued by the CEO and Board Chair of the JCC of Baltimore:
Dear JCC Friends,
This past Saturday morning, the JCC received an antisemitic email bomb threat. The JCC in St Louis also received a similar one and both threats were received via website forms and were consistent in language with those at other JCCs in the last several months. Each were deemed by law enforcement to be non-credible.
Our leadership team were immediately in touch with our security consultants and local law enforcement of Baltimore County and City who quickly came on site at both our Owings Mills and Park Heights campuses and followed the recommended protocols.
In consultation with the County Police, the decision was made to evacuate ...
Budapest, May 16 - Some 200 Jewish teenagers from 16 European countries gathered in Budapest this past weekend (13-15.05) for Shabbat Across Europe. The three-day international event was organized by CTeen, The Chabad Teen Network, together with EMIH - the Association of Hungarian Jewish Communities. Over the course of the weekend, participants visited Budapest’s historic and Jewish sites in a celebration of unity, togetherness, and Jewish identity. Teens from Austria, Slovakia, Germany, France, Sweden – even Ukraine and Turkey – traveled to Budapest with their local rabbis, rebbetzins, and youth leaders. Among the highlights were visits to Buda Castle, and the historic synagogues in the old Jewish district. The teenagers brou...
Joel Friedman, Director of Public Affairs at the Pinter Trust said;
“The JPR’s research gives a clear picture of the future of global Jewry and shows that, despite the ongoing challenges, Torah observant Jewry is strong and growing. It is therefore important that the community has a voice on matters of relevance. Through the Pinter Trust, which is led and endorsed by Rabbinic authorities, we seek to proactively engage with stakeholders across the country giving them an accurate and reliable insight into the thriving UK Charedi community”
The Pinter Trust is endorsed by the leading Charedi Rabbinic authorities from across the community in London, Manchester, Gateshead and Essex. The Trust seeks to provide an authentic voice for the Charedi community...
Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau issued a call on Jewish worshipers to obey the instructions of the security forces during the annual Lag B'Omer celebrations on Mount Meron on Wednesday night,
Rabbi Lau said, "Last year there was a great disaster for the people of Israel in the holy place when we mourned the loss of 45 people, something that naturally could have been prevented, but this is a decree that was decreed from on hight and we accept it with love. This year, the security forces want to conduct themselves in a special way nd they are trying to allow the people of Israel to reach Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's grave safely."
The chief rabbi added: "It is important to remember that it is possible to connect to Rabbi Shimon's teachings also by studying his teachings and cer...
The trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann is set to begin Monday morning as Special Counsel John Durham’s yearslong investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe finally lands in court.
Sussmann is charged with making a false statement and has pleaded not guilty.
The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with jury selection and U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper presiding.
Durham alleges Sussmann told FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016 — less than two months before the 2016 presidential election — that he was not doing work "for any client" when Sussman requested and attended a meeting where he presented "purported data and ‘whit...
What: Afternoon thunderstorms
Where: Most of Maryland
When: Noon to 6 p.m.
Impacts: Heavy thunderstorms that may include damaging wind, hail and even isolated tornadoes are expected.
SCHOOLS: Anne Arundel County Public Schools have canceled all school-sponsored after-school activities for Monday, including evening high school classes and extended day Performing and Visual Arts magnet programs. All schools will dismiss on time.
Baltimore County Public Schools have canceled after-school and evening activities for Monday. All school and community activities in school buildings are canceled. All child-care programs are canceled. The Extended Day Learning Program (EDLP) will meet virtually.
Howard County Public Schools are closing three hours early due to impendin...
White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday said if former President Trump wins the presidency again in 2024, Fauci will not return to serve Trump in the White House.
Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, gave CNN’s Jim Acosta a plain “no” when asked if he would work with the 45th president again.
“If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think, you know, at best, you can say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said. “History will speak for itself about that.”
Trump has strongly suggested his intent to run in 2024 but has not formally announced a presidential bid.
Fauci, who also heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, publicly crossed Trump...
Maryland's gas prices continue rising and setting records for a cost per gallon, as the average price at the pump hit $4.47 for a gallon of regular gas, according to AAA. The new statewide average jumped six cents from a week ago, setting another record high.
In Maryland, AAA reported the average price for regular gasoline Monday was $4.471, the highest-ever recorded average. That average is up from $4.45 on Sunday, $4.40 a week ago, $3.68 a month ago, and $3.06 a year ago.
Diesel set a record Sunday for the average price per gallon of $5.94.
The national average price for regular gas is $4.48 for a gallon of gas.
'In our eyes, they need to be deported,' says Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett reportedly told his government to look into the option of demolishing the homes of Arab-Israeli terrorists and deporting families of terrorists to Gaza.
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar recommended demolishing the homes of Arab-Israeli terrorists during a security cabinet meeting on Sunday.
Sa'ar also proposed deporting the families of terrorists from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, Army Radio reported.
Members of the cabinet expressed opposition to the recommendation that the Justice Minister claims is "necessary."
Israel's Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio on Monday...