You Should Know … Jennifer Naiman

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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 Press Their Case for Aliyah

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

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

Wages Vs. Need

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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

Why Tim Kaine Is Good for Israel, Jewish Values

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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

Wage Dispute Will the city be at a disadvantage if it raises minimum wage to $15?

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Larry Brenner prepared for the worst when Baltimore officials announced two years ago they would gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated Konstant’s, a stand in Lexington Market, and raises doubts about the ramfications additional increases could have on his… Read More

City Fires Alleged Neo-Nazi Lawyer

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A lawyer for Baltimore had his contract terminated by the city Aug. 18 after it was discovered he had neo-Nazi connections. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the city fired Glen Keith Allen, 65, an independent contractor who defended Baltimore police in civil litigation against misconduct allegations starting this past February. The Southern Poverty… Read More

Baltimoreans Bond with Israel via Cummings Youth Program

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A dozen rising high school seniors, dressed smartly in suits and dresses, listened closely on Aug. 17 at the Park Heights JCC as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings delivered a speech celebrating their return from Israel. “This gives me a chance to touch the future, a future that I will never see,” Cummings said. “But I… Read More

You Should Know … Jason Gershowitz

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Baltimorean Jason Gershowitz started a business based on the idea that cold-brewing coffee makes the depth of flavor far more accessible. Coffee Counselor treats coffee almost like wine — there are different origins, different beans and different blends. By using the same process to cold-brew beans of different origins, a broad range of flavors is… Read More

It’s All About Connections for New North Oaks Director

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This past June saw Sue Chrissley promoted to executive director of North Oaks Retirement Community. She is a familiar face around the campus of North Oaks, having served as the administrator of its Autumn Ridge Health Center for the past four years. Although she’s only been in the position a couple of months, she’s already… Read More

Time for New Memories

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To this day, one of the most popular stories published by the Baltimore Jewish Times is an article I greenlighted not soon after my arrival at the magazine almost three years ago. It concerned the closing of a women’s clothing retailer, and I didn’t think it would gain much traction. How wrong I was. As… Read More