Pence at AIPAC: New Man, Similar Speech

Vice President Mike Pence gave what amounted to a textbook AIPAC speech to close out the first day of the pro-Israel lobby’s annual policy conference Sunday in which he affirmed the United States’ support for Israel, spoke of his personal admiration for the Jewish state and assured the audience of 18,000 that he and President… Read More

The Evolution of the Female Rabbi

In a new show coming to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts this month, actresses will share the struggles, joys, accomplishments and losses of Los Angeles’ pioneering female rabbis. Written by Rabbi Lynne A. Kern and Ronda Spinak, “Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed!” shares the voices of 18 female rabbis at different stages… Read More

Will AIPAC Put 2016 Discord Behind It?

Thousands of politically-savvy pro-Israel activists will come to Washington this weekend for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s 2017 policy conference. Despite a tumultuous 2016 conference, in which then-Vice President Joe Biden was booed and an AIPAC official publicly criticized remarks by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, observers say they expect the past to be left… Read More

Unapologetically Jewish

The community was rocked by yet another round of bomb threats on March 14. Two days later, a swastika was found on a sign outside of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and B’nai Israel on Lloyd Street in Jonestown. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Jewish Baltimore didn’t hide in fear or ignore the… Read More

Slow Lights to Give Back at Album Release Show

For the release of his band’s debut album, Asa Kurland wanted to give back to the community that had nurtured him. So, instead of paying for a fresh copy of the Slow Lights LP at the album release show Saturday at The 8×10, fans will instead give something Kurland thinks is much more valuable: participation…. Read More

Pikesville’s Reid Named Principal of the Year

Pikesville High School principal Sandra Reid was taken by surprise in her school’s library earlier this month when students and staff helped her celebrate being selected as Maryland’s 2018 High School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. Reid joined Pikesville High School in 2015 following an eight-year tenure as… Read More

Isaac ‘Yitzy’ Schleifer on Minimum Wage Bill: ‘Devastating to the City’

As a small-business owner, Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is fearful of the potential consequences a $15 minimum wage mandate in the city could trigger. Schleifer, 27, a Democrat who represents the 5th District, told the JT he has worked tirelessly to convince his colleagues such a measure, as currently constructed, would do more… Read More

Earned Sick Leave Passes Both Chambers in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would require Maryland businesses to provide sick leave to workers moved one step closer to becoming law after the state Senate approved the measure by a veto-proof margin. Under the Senate version of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which passed, 29-18, on Thursday, companies with more than 15 workers would be… Read More

Temple Solel Hosts Out-of-the-Ordinary Jewish Comedians

Temple Solel in Bowie will be hosting an unorthodox (literally and figuratively) Jewish comedy act on March 25 as part of its annual fundraising event, which commemorates the Temple’s 53rd anniversary. The act, “You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish,” is performed by a troupe of four Jews that many would not identify as Jewish… Read More

Stevenson Names Hirshman as President

Stevenson University has announced that Elliot Hirshman, former provost at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and current president of San Diego State University, will be its new president effective July 1. Hirshman, who was named to the position on March 8, comes back to the Baltimore area after nearly six years at SDSU. The… Read More