A Real Concern

Editorial Director

Could a massacre similar to the gunning down last week of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., happen here in Baltimore? No matter how much we might wish for the better, the answer is frighteningly yes, God forbid. The fact is, the terrorism corollary of “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”… Read More

Kidney Foundation Takes Fundraiser to New Heights

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In a world with constant warnings about bizarre health risks such as the Zika virus and Ebola, some of the most common and dangerous ailments can be overlooked. One such ailment is kidney disease, the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. More people die from kidney disease than from breast cancer, prostate cancer… Read More

Reform in the Crosshairs Gun violence spurs call for state, federal action

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Faith leaders, policymakers and experts in the greater Baltimore and Washington regions are refusing to stay silent more than one week after the largest mass shooting in recent history. Whether or not Congress passes legislation this week restricting known terrorists from purchasing guns, the prevailing view among most Jews is that some form of restriction… Read More

New Plans for Protracted Mideast Conflict Surface

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Nearly 50 years after Israel gained control of the West Bank in the Six Day War, a nonpartisan movement of former Israeli senior security officials has joined with two American organizations to warn against the continuing presence of Israeli forces on land that Palestinians claim for a future state. “The status quo is an illusion,… Read More

Har Sinai Lifelong Learning Program Is a Hit

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A new program offered at Har Sinai Congregation has attracted a loyal following among community members interested in continuing their education. The program is called SPICE, which stands for “Social Interaction, Personal Growth, Intellectual Development, Cultural Stimulation and Educational Enrichment,” and it targets older adults who are interested in taking courses on a variety of… Read More

You Should Know … Ellie Brown

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By morning, she’s playing with and teaching toddlers at the Downtown Baltimore JCC, and by night, she’s hosting Charm City Tribe happy hours and events. “Downtown” Ellie Brown, as her JCC co-workers appropriately call her, helps keep the city’s Jewish community connected as the JCC’s downtown program manager. The 26-year-old Westchester, Pa., native’s Judaism took… Read More

Challenging the ‘Dumping Ground’ Status Quo

Destiny Watford, a resident of the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay, was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in stopping the nation’s largest incinerator from being built in her neighborhood. (Goldman Environmental Prize)

Until a few months ago, Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood, a community with a history of being marginalized and displaced for industry, was set to be the future home of the country’s largest trash incinerator. While the proposal was touted as clean energy, some residents saw the plan to burn 4,000 tons of trash every day… Read More

Simply, Sadness

Editorial Director

You can tell a lot about a person by how he or she responds to a crisis. The same can be said for a community. Take a look at all of the reactions this week to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history: Among the near-universal condemnation — news reports indicated that at least one… Read More