Author Archives: Heidi Traband

Gansler Goes On Offensive

Attorney General Doug Gansler made a final push Monday to publicly pressure Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown into testifying today at the General Assembly, when legislators will look into the possibility of emergency legislation to retroactively insure Marylanders who could not sign up due to glitches in the state’s online health-care exchange.

“In order to fix the problems we have to know how this happened,” said Gansler, a Democrat who will face Brown in a June gubernatorial primary.

Pointing to reports in yesterday’s Washington Post, Gansler criticized the state’s selection of a North Dakota-based contractor to launch the site and demanded Brown disclose how the $170 million provided to Maryland for the launch of its exchange was used.

Telling news conference attendees at his campaign headquarters in Silver Spring that he and running mate Jolene Ivey would have handled the rollout differently, Gansler said the issues he has are with the handling of the rollout, not with the Affordable Care Act policies.

Brown’s campaign quickly released a statement in response.

“Once again, Doug Gansler sounds just like a Republican attacking health-care reform,” said Justin Schall, Brown’s campaign manager. “Instead of working with the legislature and the governor’s office to offer practical solutions, he is simply trying to score cheap political points to further his own political ambition.”

As of last Friday, only 20,358 Marylanders had used the exchange to enroll in private plans.


Police: Caleb Jacoby found safe in NYC

010913_jacoby-flyerNEW YORK (JTA)
The police department in Brookline, Mass., said JTA that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in New York City.

Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on Jan. 6.

The case drew national attention, in part because the youth is the son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.

Some 200 volunteers, including friends and neighbors of the family as well as members of local Jewish groups, searched throughout the Boston area in a coordinated effort on Wednesday. The effort was spearheaded by the Maimonides School.

“Our prayers have been answered,” Jacoby said via Twitter. “We are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son Caleb has been found and is safe. Words can’t express our gratitude for the extraordinary outpouring of kindness and support that we have received from so many people. All we can think of at this moment is how wonderful it will be to see Caleb again and shower him with love.”

Jewish Future

From the earliest moments you begin teaching your children life skills and values. Like brushing your teeth and being kind to others. Like reading and sharing toys. You teach them to drive and you teach them to have concern for those less fortunate. You do your best to teach them to be good people.

As they grow, you do your best to instill your beliefs and better understand their interests and concerns for the world around them. You might share stories at the Shabbat table and perhaps you get involved as a family in local charities or Mitzvah Day.

In school and at home, Jewish children hear of the importance of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and tzedakah. You watch with pride as your children carry coins in their pockets to drop in the pushke at school. Where do these small acts and conversations lead you in teaching them goodness?

As your children get older, you may encourage them to donate their own time and money to help those causes in which they believe. But you know the greatest lesson is the one you demonstrate.

Jewish Baltimore has a place where a little tzedakah and volunteerism have a tremendous impact on those less fortunate, the elderly and children in need.

One of the easiest ways to teach a little tzedakah early on is by getting involved with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and making a first time gift in your child’s name. For as little as $5, you can begin a Jewish legacy for your child in Jewish Baltimore. And you can get hands-on with the Jewish Volunteer Connection or Mitzvah Makers on the Move.

That donation, which goes towards The Associated’s Annual Campaign, will have a direct effect in the areas you and your children care most about. Together, you might choose to donate new toys or winter coats to our Chanukah Closet or give a gift that helps winterize homes for seniors.

Your gift will support The Associated’s 14 programs and agencies, and show your child the reach of a single act of kindness. You can make your gift online today at and visit for ways to get involved.