Meaningful Mitzvahs


Special needs b’nai mitzvah face own set of challenges; A bar or bat mitzvah celebration can be fun without spending a fortune; Daughters, moms launch bat mitzvah giving circle, invite others to join; Some families opt to celebrate the religious milestone in Israel; Bar and bat mitzvah caterers try to cover all bases when planning… Read More

‘One Step Closer’ HoCo Autism Society hosts annual 5K


The Howard County Autism Society hosts its 9th annual “One Step Closer” walk and 5K race on Nov. 1 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. “Autism is a complex condition affecting many aspects of an individual’s life: the ability to communicate [and] one’s education, emotional well-being and social relationships,” said Theresa Ballinger, treasurer of HCAS… Read More

Surveying with the Stars Mason and Dixon’s original plotting instrument at MHS for one week only


Mapping a couple of perfectly straight lines isn’t typically a prelude to infamy. But for British surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, the engineering feat — surveying hundreds of miles through wilderness that resulted in the razor-edge borders shared by Maryland with Pennsylvania and Delaware and calculated by navigation of the stars — is something… Read More

Unmasking the Myth CHANA commemorates two decades of hope, help and healing for victims of abuse


Michelle admits she was “kind of a statistic” in that it took three protective court orders before she finally left her abusive husband. But her experience is not uncommon. A victim averages seven attempts to leave an abuser before he or she is successful, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The first time Michelle… Read More

Anyone’s Race With Stephanie Rawlings-Blake out of the picture, Baltimore’s mayoral election is an open contest


In a city that’s seen violent crime spike, with a homicide rate surpassing that of many other major American cities, and anxiety still in the air from April’s uprising following the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, the stakes are high for Baltimore’s next mayor. Uptown, in the Northwest’s Jewish community, tension is also high with… Read More

Netanyahu’s Silent Treatment Prime minister skewers international community during UN address


In a pointed moment during his 40-minute address to the 70th United Nations General  Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped speaking for 44 seconds,  scanning the room with a stern look on his face, to  underscore his indictment of the international community for its “deafening silence” in the face of Iranian threats against the… Read More

Comptroller, Governor Weigh In on Baltimore County Schools’ AC State’s high officials call for accelerated action


A contentious debate is taking place between Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot as the state officials have criticized the county for not fixing sooner its schools that lack air conditioning. The county executive has gone on the defense, saying that he is fixing a problem he inherited,… Read More

The Legacy of ‘Mr. Defense’ How Yitzhak Rabin changed Israel


As the 20th yahrzeit of Israel’s fifth prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, approaches, the legacy of the man nicknamed “Mr. Defense” remains as polarizing as the conflict he tried to resolve. Jewish organizations across Maryland are recognizing the Nov. 4 anniversary by bringing in scholars and political authorities to speak about the effect Rabin had on… Read More