Closed Doors for Israel Aid Package

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A 10-year defense deal  between the United States and Israel, reported to be nearing completion, is being  negotiated behind closed doors, giving rise to speculation about its details. Reports say that the agreement, known as the memorandum of understanding, will be worth roughly $3.7 billion per year in military aid to  Israel. The current memorandum… Read More

Jewish-Run Businesses Awarded Medical Cannabis Licenses

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After being inundated with applications from those hoping to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission revealed its 15 grower selections and 15 processor selections on Monday. While a large step forward in a program that has been fraught with delays, these preapprovals means the companies… Read More

Community at Odds Proposed zoning changes at Hidden Waters, Woodholme could mean higher-density housing

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A groundswell of community opposition to proposed zoning changes in Baltimore County has led to spirited standoffs between a country club that is a longtime community  staple and surrounding residents, as well as a developer and nearby residents. As representatives from Woodholme Country Club and Bozzuto Homes — the developer that aims to build on… Read More

Ellicott City Eyes Future with Optimism

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“We’ll be back.” Those were the first words out of Ellicott City local Len Berkowitz’s mouth when asked about the damage to Great Panes, his Main Street art glass business. “We’ve been here for 37 years and I don’t intend to end on an odd number,” he shared while sitting on the curb since benches… Read More

Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew

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Wednesday, Aug. 3 saw the passing of one of the most influential figures ever to grace Baltimore — lawyer, philanthropist and art collector LeRoy “Roy” Hoffberger. He was 91. Hoffberger was born in 1925 into a family that made fortunes in manufacturing and distributing ice, coal and fuel oil. He was raised surrounded by real… Read More

150 Years of Sinai Hospital has distinguished itself with specialized, top-quality care

Amy Perry, current president of Sinai Hospital (David Stuck)

This month marks a milestone in the Jewish community — the 150th anniversary of Sinai Hospital, the first Jewish health care establishment in the city of Baltimore. What first opened as a  10-room hospital in the mid-1800s is now a 62-acre tertiary medical center that boasts 500 beds and 5,000 employees. It includes specialty centers… Read More

Trestman Feeling Confident in His Second Ravens Season

Marc Trestman instructs the Ravens offense at training camp. (Courtesy of Baltimore Ravens)

Untimely injuries, unfulfilled team expectations and a livid fan base was not enough to deter Marc Trestman during his first season as the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2015. Less than a week after Baltimore opened training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on July 27, Trestman, a longtime NFL coach and… Read More

No Surprises, But Some Disappointed in Dismissal of Remaining Freddie Gray Charges

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby addresses dropping the  remaining charges against officers at news conference on July 27. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Newscom)

The news that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the remaining cases against three officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray was expected by many. Some were relieved it was over and the city could move forward, while others were dissatisfied no police officers were convicted of criminal charges in a death that resulted… Read More

A Turbulent Election Season Baltimore voters conflicted, lukewarm on Trump, Clinton

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Email scandals, accusations of anti-Semitism, a resigning chairwoman, anti-immigration rhetoric, plagiarism in speeches — the 2016 presidential election has been like no other in recent memory. With a public that is probing both GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on their experience, character, families and a bevy of other issues, voters young… Read More

A Fly (Donkey?) On the Wall: Behind the Scenes of the DNC

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PHILADELPHIA — As the Democratic National Convention opened, Democrats were certainly feeling the Bern — also the actual burn because it felt like 500 degrees and humid. (The temperature officially maxed out at 97 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.) Despite the heat, delegates and attendees were exuberated for a day of Democratic bliss…. Read More