Legislators, Advocates Rally for End-of-Life Option Act Revised bill increases protection from coercion, includes data collection

Del. Shane Pendergrass (center) and Sen. Ronald Young (left) are the sponsors of the End-of-Life Option Act. (Marc Shapiro)

Legislators and advocates kicked off this year’s push for the End-of-Life Option Act on Thursday, Jan. 28 ahead of the introduction of Senate and House bills. The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), would allow terminally ill individuals… Read More

From Crofton to Clinton Joel Wanger cites his Jewish faith as a factor in becoming politically active

Joel Wanger (right) says working for progressive candidates such as Hillary Clinton is an important way to “live” his Judaism. (Provided)

It was the deep-seated Jewish values of social justice that spurred Crofton, Md., native Joel Wanger to become involved in politics. Wanger “fell in love” with the campaign lifestyle while in college at Northeastern University in Boston, he said, prompting him to apply for the Israel Government Fellows program that is run by Masa Israel…. Read More

A Clear Message

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Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are over, making the 2016 presidential election one for the history books well before its conclusion. For the above three candidates, the quadrennial Hawkeye State ritual was truly historic, as each one in his own way defied the predictions of the political prognosticators of both the… Read More

The Ability to Succeed Employers look beyond disabilities, find dedicated, talented workers

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Yoel Krigsman, 48, is an average Jewish Baltimorean by most accounts; he has a wife and four children, davens regularly and commutes to Washington, D.C., where he has managed computer systems at Gallaudet University for 18 years. But statistics indicate that employers would think twice about hiring him because he’s deaf. Dr. Andrew Houtenville, director… Read More

Jewish Nonprofit Testifies on Food Insecurity among Military, Veteran Families

A Jewish nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the United States and Israel provided testimony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 12. On behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO of the nonprofit, testified before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The Jewish nonprofit is leading nationwide… Read More

Peacemaker Comes to the Gordon Center Achinoam Nini brings multicultural sounds to Owings Mills on Feb. 6

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She’s performed for three popes, collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Sting, Pat Metheny and Quincy Jones and is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. But Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, doesn’t let it get to her head or forget why she does what she does. “All I need to do is remember why I am… Read More

A Political Mishegas Iowa Jews experience the spirit of the political season

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed 150 people on Jan. 25 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines in Waukee, Iowa. Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are close in the Iowa polls, with the caucus on Feb. 1. (Mike Theiler/UPI)

With the Iowa caucuses less than one week away, the 2016 presidential candidates are making their final rounds throughout the state, and the more than 6,000 Jews who live there are taking notice. About 150 were on hand at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines Monday to hear former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham… Read More

Assembly Opens with Veto Overrides Legislators reverse five of Hogan’s decisions, with a sixth pending

The Maryland General Assembly’s 2016 session began Jan. 13. (Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia.com)

Maryland legislators, in the first full week of the 2016 General Assembly, overrode five of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes. One bill decriminalized possession of marijuana paraphernalia, another bill limited the power of police and prosecutors to seize an individual’s assets, two bills changed the way hotel taxes are collected, and another veto will mean… Read More

It’s the Jewish Thing to Do

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As I’m writing this, my family is running around the three floors of a house that is not ours. We traveled up I-95 before the dreaded Snowzilla hit in advance of last weekend to attend a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah on Sunday. The blizzard made sure that the party was pushed off, and here we… Read More