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You Should Know … Jennifer Naiman

A well-known member of the local Jewish community,  Jennifer Naiman, 26, is using her role as an educator to eradicate common assumptions about dyslexia and alternative methods of teaching. Though she was not raised particularly observant, Naiman was inspired to join the modern Orthodox movement by her tenure as a student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan… Read More

Ethiopians Gezahegen Derebe (left) and Demoz Deboch, who have their hopes set on immigrating to Israel, speak in Washington. (photo by Jared Feldschreiber)

Ethiopians Press Their Case for Aliyah

Gezahegen Derebe and Demoz Deboch, Ethiopian Jews in their 20s, came to Washington, D.C., earlier this month hoping to press the Israeli  government into action. They are among 9,000 Ethiopian Jews known as Falash Mura who are caught in what the Israeli government says is a budget crunch that is preventing them from making aliyah…. Read More

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Wages Vs. Need

Two-and-a-half years ago, we published a cover story highlighting the effort across Maryland to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Two months later, activists claimed success when the General Assembly instituted the new law, phasing in annual minimum wage increases to achieve $10.10 by 2018. Now, some lawmakers in Baltimore’s City Council… Read More

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Why Tim Kaine Is Good for Israel, Jewish Values

American Jewish voters have naturally voted for Democratic candidates because it has meant voting to support strong social justice and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential choice, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, will continue Democratic action on economic and educational opportunities, retirement security and quality, affordable health care and especially Israel’s… Read More

Members of the press and community attend a city council meeting in which a $15 minimum wage was discussed. (Justin Silberman)

Despite Setback, Clarke Confident $15 Minimum Wage Will Pass

The fate of Baltimore’s lowest-paid workers remains uncertain after the city council voted on Monday to send a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 back to committee. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-District 14), the bill’s chief sponsor, called for the measure to be pushed back to December,… Read More

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake say they are committed to reforming the police department. (File photo)

Organizations Troubled By DOJ Report on Baltimore Police

The findings of a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, which revealed a number of practices that violate the Constitution and federal law, was called troubling by a number of organizations, but none were surprised. The report, released on Aug. 10, showed that the Baltimore Police Department “engages… Read More

IfNotNow protesters hold a large banner with their message in an  attempt to attract the attention of people walking into the building that houses the American Jewish Committee. (Justin Katz)

Protesters Link Justice for Black Americans, Palestinians

A group advocating that American Jewry end its support of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank staged a protest of the mainstream Jewish community’s rejection of the Black Lives Matters policy platform in front of a major Jewish organization’s local office. Fifty members of IfNotNow rallied at McPherson Square and headed north, singing “Olam Chesed… Read More

The Susiya Shuffle

The Palestinian village of Susiya is in the southern Hebron hills of Judea, part of the land known to many as the West Bank. The village is home to 300 people. Israel says that the residents built their homes without permits, and so the structures are eligible for demolition. The residents say that Israel’s Supreme… Read More

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