For Now, Howard’s Sanctuary Bill Is Denied

On the evening of Feb. 9, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman vetoed CB-9, a bill introduced to the County Council with the intent of declaring Howard County a “sanctuary” for immigrants and refugees. Only after the word “sanctuary,” the primary foundation for the bill, was removed did the council vote to pass the bill 3-2… Read More

An Inspiring Sacrifice

Typically, the idealism of youth is denigrated. Twenty-somethings charging headfirst into a picket line are more often seen as symbols of an anarchic bent in millennial thinking as opposed to evidence of principled individuals taking a stand. But in at least one area, we as a Jewish community can agree that the fear-nothing-and-take-no-prisoners approach unique… Read More

Fundraising Extends Free Bus Rides for Baltimore City Students

As a student with a 4.0 grade point average at City Neighbors High School who also happens to be a star on the school’s basketball team, Raekwon Redding has enough on his mind. Finding a ride home proved to be as big an obstacle as Redding faced in the classroom or on the court after… Read More

Larry Ziffer to Step Down from CJE

Rabbi Larry Ziffer, chief executive officer of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education, plans to step down from his position sometime in June after 15 years with the organization. Ziffer, 65, said this is the right time to leave because he is “ready to step into a new phase” of… Read More

Sale of Randallstown Walmart Sparks Speculation, Concern

A few miles north of Randallstown, the Owings Mills Mall site is marked by plenty of grave markers — chained fences, piles of rubble and dust and construction equipment. Demolition of the mall was completed last month even as the property’s owner, Kimco Realty Corp., remains mum on future development plans for the once-sprawling shopping… Read More

The Marrying Kind in Jewish Maryland Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match

From arranged marriages to modern same-sex marriages, the Jewish wedding has evolved over the years, but still with many of its traditions intact. It’s that evolution that is at the center of an upcoming Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit — and its curator wants the help of the community. Along with the exhibit, “Just Married!… Read More

Artists, City Look to the Future Post-Artist Space Closures

First it was the Bell Foundry being closed on Dec. 5. Then it was Studio 14 a month ago. Now, some are worried for the future of affordable artist spaces in Baltimore. Both the Bell Foundry, located in Station North, and Studio 14, located on Franklintown Road in West Baltimore, were closed due to fire… Read More

Naale Gives Students an Elite (and Free) Israeli Education

For many families in the United States, a private education is financially beyond reach. Jewish day schools in particular can be notoriously expensive, although many do offer scholarships. But through a program called the Naale Elite Academy, Jewish students from around the world are provided a free high school education, provided they are willing to… Read More

POLL OF THE WEEK

Do you think the uncharacteristically warm February weather is due to man-made climate change?