We Can Do Better

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$10.10 an hour. It’s quite a rallying cry, something we can all get behind — a living wage for hard-working Americans who, by circumstance or fate or a combination of the two, are living paycheck to paycheck and are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Whether or not raising the minimum wage is… Read More

Everybody’s talking about the State of the Union

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Moments after President Barack Obama finished his State of the Union address Tuesday, members of Congress were already picking apart the speech. Some, like Tea Party favorite Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, thought the president was less antagonistic to congressional Republicans than in previous speeches. But, he said, “He could have pulled all of the Obamacare… Read More

Coming Together

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Two years ago the residents of Northwest Baltimore and Pikesville learned that a mosque would be moving into their neighborhood. After years of waiting on renovations and inspections, the Ahmadi Muslim mosque finally will open its doors later this year, giving residents of the predominantly Jewish community an opportunity to interact with a population that… Read More

Landmark Deli Takes Baltimore Flavor to Potomac

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He might just be the only deli owner/doctor in the country, if not the world, and he’ll put his corned beef up against any of those fading New York delis: Katz’s, Second Avenue, Zabars. Pikesville resident Marc Attman is a proud third-generation deli owner. He notes his ZIP code, 21208, as part of his identity…. Read More

BJC Prepares For Advocacy Day

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The Baltimore Jewish Council is gearing up for its annual Advocacy Day in Annapolis on Wed., Feb. 5. As in past years, organizers expect about 150 community members, state legislators and executive branch officials to come together to discuss the council’s legislative priorities. “On Advocacy Day, we enthusiastically represent the Jewish community and inform our… Read More

Searching For Harmony

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Last week, the prestigious SAR High School in Riverdale, N.Y., made waves and headlines with the announcement that its leadership had allowed selected girls to don tefillin during morning prayers. It led many within and outside of the “Orthodox” world to take sides; some suggested that the decision could well lead to a deep schism… Read More

Happy 100!

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On Sunday Jan. 26, Sam Gertner — father to three, grandfather to four, great-grandfather to five, accomplished musician, voracious reader, seasoned writer and avid traveler — celebrated a century of living surrounded by family and friends. The party took place at Springhouse of Pikesville, a senior living facility on Reisterstown Road, but Gertner has come… Read More

State of the Union: Jewish groups’ priorities

President Barack Obama will present his annual State of the Union address before Congress and the nation this evening. Like presidents before him, Obama has traditionally used this opportunity to lay out an ambitious agenda – and he probably still will – but it would be difficult to do so without acknowledging the saga of… Read More

Columbia Community Searches For Answers

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Last Saturday morning’s fatal shooting at a popular Howard County shopping mall sent shock waves through the typically quiet suburb of Columbia, Md., with members of the area’s close-knit Jewish community joining their neighbors in mourning a sense of safety shattered by a teenager’s bullets. Lynn Green, president of local Reform congregation Bet Aviv, shops… Read More

Omnibus Spending Bill Grants Billions to Israel

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With much fanfare and six different pens, President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014 last Friday, capping years of Congressional budget fights and officially alleviating the sequester cuts that last year began indiscriminately slashing government spending. The bill, negotiated by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and… Read More