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

Keeping The Pressure On

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Recent events — the release of Jacob Ostreicher, President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and the ongoing diplomatic talks with Iran — may bode well for the fate of several Americans being held hostage overseas. While each case is different, the outcomes of such figures as Alan Gross in Cuba and Robert… Read More

Supporting Stem Cell Research

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Hadassah of Greater Baltimore’s eighth annual CELL-A-BRATE event will feature a night of music and dancing with Bruce in the USA — a tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — as well as a catered reception, drink offerings and a silent auction. The gathering promises to raise critical funds necessary to… Read More

Diary of Hate

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Adolf Hitler’s close confidant Alfred Rosenberg actively sought out his leader’s praise, but was himself deeply-committed to the cause of creating a superior race in a world without Jews. So concludes Juergen Matthas, director for applied research at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. As the point man at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum assigned… Read More

Budget Cuts Impede Survivor Services

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Government grants and health insurance companies award a bigger share of benefits to senior citizens living in residential facilities, but Holocaust survivors are better off aging in their own homes, according to several people testifying at a two-hour Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing Jan. 15. The United States, they reasoned, must convince the German… Read More

O’Malley Proposes FY 2015 Budget

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley introduced his 2015 budget last week, promising not to raise taxes while trying to close the structural deficit that has plagued the state for almost a decade. “This fiscally responsible budget builds on the tremendous progress we’ve made as a state, strengthening our economy by supporting 48,000 jobs, protecting our No…. Read More

A Joint Responsibility

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Dope. Weed. Ganja. Mary Jane. Hash. Herb. Reefer. This week’s issue of the Baltimore Jewish Times is really not about any of these things. It is instead about responsibility. The day that Colorado’s legalization of marijuana took effect, National Public Radio ran a report that featured an interview of one of the many citizens and… Read More

Beyond The Aleph Bet

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You won’t find a lot of bright neon colors or posters with the ABCs on the walls of the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). Instead, you’ll see a lot of preschoolers’ art, their family photos and a collage created by the children’s parents. Since he arrived in July 2012,… Read More