Baltimore, MD – Dec. 7, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Samuel Ponczak, z’l, father of Brian (Shoshi) Ponczak
The levaya will be held at Sol Levinson on Friday, December 9th, 2022 at 12 pm.
The kevura will be at Baltimore Hebrew Berrymans Lane Cemetery, 318 Berrymans Lane, Baltimore, 21136
Shiva will be observed in multiple locations
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Shiva Schedule:Friday Dec. 9 - Mincha at the home of Brian & Shosh Ponczak 3pm Saturday Dec. 10 - Visiting hours 6:45 - 10pm at the home of Brian & Shosh Ponczak Sunday Dec. 11 - Shacharit 9am. Mincha / Maariv 4:35pm. At the home of Brian & Shosh Ponczak. (The family requests no vis...
The Islamic Republic has reportedly been negotiating with the South American country for the promise of asylum
Iranian officials are reportedly looking at ally Venezuela as a haven in case of a revolution as the country-wide protests continue.
Persian news site Iran International reported on Wednesday, citing Western diplomatic sources, that the Islamic Republic has been negotiating with the South American country for the promise of asylum should the situation in the country worsen.
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'The inscriptions were part of psychological warfare... to terrorize the opponent and unite the warriors'
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On the bullet is the Greek inscription “Victory of Heracles and Hauronas” – a pair of gods that were considered to be the “divine patrons of Yavne during the Hellenistic period,” according to Prof. Yulia Ustinova from southern Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
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Almost 1,400 cases of road violence have been recorded in Israel in 2022
The term “road rage” is an international phenomenon, but in Israel -known for its so-called crazy drivers - the number of violent incidents has seen an alarming increase.
Although it is not news that Israelis can be aggressive on the road, what experts are seeing now is unprecedented. Several stories in the past couple of months caused shockwaves across the country, including the stabbing of Yuri Volkov in November, a 52-year-old father who worked at a hospital.
A motorcyclist had cut off Yuri’s wife on the road in Holon, central Israel. When Yuri came to her defense, the driver pulled out a knife and stabbed him before driving off. The 22-year-old suspect was charged with murder.&nbs...
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was reelected Thursday morning to serve another term as Senate majority leader, capping a successful two years for the veteran lawmaker, who was just reelected to a fifth Senate term.
Senate Democrats also reelected the rest of Schumer’s leadership team, giving Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) another term as Senate Democratic whip, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) another term as Democratic Policy Committee chairwoman, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) another term as chairwoman the Democratic Steering Committee and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as chairman of the Democratic Outreach Committee.
“A great, diverse, hard-working, effective leadership team,” Schumer announced as he posed with his ...
Residents of Israel must pay arnona (property tax). Many residents are eligible for discounts based on income or other criteria. The deadline for filing for these discounts is December 31, which is fast approaching. Chaim V’Chessed urges all residents to immediately apply for discounts if they are eligible.
This week, members of Chaim V’Chessed’s Governmental Staff, led by Mrs. Rachel Morgenstern, met with Mr. Yuval Dar, director of the Jerusalem Arnona Department, to address various concerns of the English- speaking community. The meeting produced several important clarifications and rule changes.
An online application form is available at this link. In the past, foreign residents of Jerusalerm were not permitted to apply online...
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has overtaken former President Trump in a hypothetical 2024 match-up for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a new Yahoo News-YouGov poll.
The nationwide poll, released Thursday, shows DeSantis with a 5-point lead over Trump, with 47 percent of registered voters backing the governor compared to 42 percent for the former president.
The latest results, taken in the first few days of December, are a stark turn from a mid-October poll that found Trump ahead by 9 percentage points, with 45 percent to DeSantis’s 36 percent.
Trump announced his third run for the White House just a week after the November midterm elections, following disappointing results for the Republican Party and losses from some of Trump’s own ...
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Gas prices fell 15 cents per gallon in the past week and are down from $3.80 a gallon a month ago.
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?TableTalk features:• Weekly halachic dilemma crea...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 8, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Doniel and Chana Perel Steinman on the birth of a son.
Mazel Tov to grandparents Nachman and Rebecca Lencz
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) addressed the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel Thursday morning and discussed his party's position on the Draft Law.
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"When there were bloody wars during the days of King David, the prophet came to King David and said to him - half of the people study Torah and half of the people serve in the army, and they share the burden. I propose this today as well: that half of the people study Torah and half serve in the army, and they take turns. I say - the students of Ponevezh Yeshiva - they will go to the army to fight, but bring the high school kids at that time will study Torah. That's what we agreed to."
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The Federation of J...
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Tune in to this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast to find out more about the importance of fighting and working hard even when no one is looking.
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 8, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Pasey and Shaina Wealcatch on the birth of a daughter.
Mazel Tov Grandparents Chaim & Aviva Wealcatch and Adam & Adina Rishe.Mazel Tov to the great grandparents, William and Noemie Wealcatch, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Abelow and Mrs. Linda Rishe and Mr. & Mrs. Danny Jacoby
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
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יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
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Army Radio reported on Thursday that the party wants to enact "significant measures of deterrence" to prevent people from "desecrating the holy place" - meaning praying "according to the custom of the Chief Rabbinate."
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