Having Their Say Jews from across Maryland weigh in onupcoming presidential race

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With a month until the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 presidential election is heating up and Jews from the Baltimore-Washington region are pouring their hearts, minds and dollars into the race. The field of candidates currently stands at three Democrats and 13 Republicans vying for their respective parties’ nomination. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,… Read More

The Transformation of Pikesville High School already reaping benefits of renovations as construction continues

John Boelker, superintendent with Oak Contracting, walks through the construction of what will become Pikesville High School’s new front entrance. (Mark Shapiro)

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, new Pikesville High School principal Sandra Reid led a group of county and state officials and PTSA representatives through some brand-new parts of the school. The hallways were bright from natural light, the computers and technology in classrooms were new, and there was excitement and hope in the air. “I… Read More

Baltimore Families Reconnect to N.J. Shul Effort to revitalize Torahs leads man on a sacred journey

These atzei chaim, Torah rollers, were dedicated to Samuel Kossman, who has a grandson in Baltimore. (Provided)

On some Shabbats, Fair Lawn, N.J., resident Jerry Schranz goes on a three-mile walk to Paterson, which was once a very Jewish area. There, he and  a few others hold a minyan in the basement of  independent-living facility Federation Apartments. With the two Torahs that belong to the synagogue — known as the Paterson Shul… Read More

Community Calendar Conundrum HoCo Jewish community fights to keep schools closed on High Holy Days

President of the Howard County Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Susan Grossman, testifies at the board of education meeting. (Marc Shapiro)

Members of the Howard County Jewish community were out in force at a board of education meeting that addressed a possible change in the public school system’s calendar on Dec. 17. The change, concerning whether or not schools should remain open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, presented two options. One maintains the current calendar,… Read More

A Call for Reform In wake of Freddie Gray mistrial, Jewish community, activists call for systemic change

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After the mistrial of  Officer William Porter, the first of six officers facing charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, protesters hit the streets for what they saw as an injustice. But many in Baltimore’s Jewish community say Porter’s complex trial further highlighted the need for police reform and a change in police… Read More

From Squad Car to Synagogue Local cantor builds bridges between law enforcement and community

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It was July 1987. Michael Shochet was a young police officer working the midnight shift in Baltimore City. A signal 13 came across the radio. An off-duty officer needed backup. Soon after Shochet and his fellow officers arrived at the 1100 block of Abbott Court, shots rang out. Officer Tom Martini was shot through his… Read More