O’Malley Signs Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana Bills

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Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a new medical marijuana bill and a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine, and a bill that allows doctors to prescribe… Read More

Kansas Gunman Unfortunately Nothing New

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Any doubts as to the danger of anti-Semitism in the United States were unfortunately put to rest this week when a gunman’s bullets — smack dab in the middle of middle America — claimed the lives of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kan. We now know that the 73-year-old man from Aurora,… Read More

Legislative Look-Back

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For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in… Read More

B’more Bluegrass

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With a new location and an almost entirely new lineup of artists, the founders of the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival are ready to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s sold-out show. The second annual festival, on April 26, will move from last year’s location, Union Craft Brewing near Hampden, to… Read More

Jewish Orgs. on Alert After Fatal Shootings in Kansas City

Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as an alleged gunman took the lives of three people in two attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement village. According to various news reports, at about 1… Read More

Giving Our Children a Chance

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Every now and then, events and timing conspire to offer opportunities for reflection. Looking back at what transpired on the world stage the past week and a half, it’s hard not to wonder: How, when, why did things get so bad? The collapse of the so-called “peace talks” between the Israelis and the Palestinians was… Read More

Kerry Warns ‘It’s Reality Check Time’

Secretary of State John Kerry has made 11 trips to the Middle East since July to facilitate Israeli-Arab peace talks. Last week, it looked as though his efforts were thwarted, when President Mahmoud Abbas applied for membership in international bodies — a move considered off limits by the American-brokered negotiation terms. In response, Israel canceled… Read More

Meant to Be

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Whether you call it “divine providence,” as Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore’s Language Arts department chairwoman Sara Arno did, or “kismet,” as Wee Chic children’s apparel storeowner Bridget Quinn Stickline did, it must have been fate that Stickline and Arno met in Greenspring Station in Timonium. “I was there [at Greenspring Station] to take a child… Read More

Ready to Roll

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This spring a lively group of women bike riders plan to hit the road for friendship and fun. Parkton resident Cathy Myrowitz has organized a new group called the “Annie ‘Londonderry’ Jewish Women and Friends Bicycle Circle.” It’s “AL’s Gals” for short. The name was inspired by the achievements of Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky, a Jewish… Read More

Organic Inspiration

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When Seth Goldman started making tea is his kitchen in 1998, he couldn’t imagine in his wildest dreams how much Honest Tea would blossom. “If you had told me 16 years ago that I’d be running an organization that was involved in helping to eliminate millions of calories from the American diet, helping to promote… Read More