‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ and Proud of It

Rosh Hashanah, indeed any Jewish holiday, is typically a peaceful time spent with family and at synagogue, a time to give thanks for the Almighty’s beneficence and enjoy the companionship of loved ones. But for three men walking on Old Pimlico Road last Thursday evening, peace and tranquility were relatively fleeting notions: They were fired… Read More

Shift in Power

With the Republican Party pushing to retake control of the Senate in the upcoming November elections, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign policy and domestic social issues that are prioritized by American Jews. Midterm elections in the Senate and House of Representatives historically have been difficult for the… Read More

Looking for Answers

On the day almost five years ago when a neurologist told him the tremor in his right hand was a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, Andrew Katz cried all the way home. His father had suffered from the disease, and he knew what it could mean for his future. Still, Katz, who was 62 at the… Read More

Just Screen It

For most people, the chances of being a Tay-Sachs carrier are one in 250. But Ashkenazi Jews face far worse odds with a “high-risk” carrier rate of one in 30, according to the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD). Yet, through screening, Tay-Sachs has been less prevalent in recent years among the Jewish population…. Read More

Dollar for Dollar

The well-funded, highly influential pro-Israel lobby goes both ways in political support. In 2013-14, a variety of political action committees gave money to both Democrats and Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics. J Street, known for its liberal advocacy, gave away about $1 million… Read More

Orioles Rally

More than 300 people participated in an Orioles rally at Stevenson University as part of the team’s “We Won’t Stop” campaign on Monday. The event featured former Oriole Scott McGregor, the Oriole Bird and trivia with signed memorabilia as prizes.

Still Waiting

After 16 hours of polling that included strong voter turnout but some confusion at polls in a Tuesday referendum that pitted elements of the large Jewish community in Ramapo, N.Y., against each other and against other citizens, a state court has halted the tabulation of votes, pending a hearing on alleged voting irregularities. Election workers… Read More

Polarized Polling

Agudath Israel of America, a national organization that promotes the ideals of Orthodox Judaism, recently disseminated a notice urging citizens in the town of Ramapo, N.Y. — home to the heavily Jewish hamlet of Monsey — to vote against today’s referendum on political districting. The measure would reshape the town’s voting districts away from a… Read More

Let the Refs Make the Call

If you were lucky enough to catch Sunday’s NFC matchup between divisional rivals the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles — most Baltimore-area television sets were tuned to the Ravens’ field-goal-clinching 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns — it either came across as old-style football or thuggery run amok. One thing’s for sure, though: The… Read More

The Day After

When the 15 Baltimoreans who attended a mission to Israel last week initially signed up for the trip, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Ira Malis, who, along with the rest of his fellow travelers, signed up for The Day After mission… Read More