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J Street policy conference rallies youth, falls short on effectively moving the conversation forward
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 3, 2013

The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the CONTINUE »

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Baltimore screening of ‘Here One Day’ offers much-needed opportunity to discuss painful issues of mental illness, suicide
BY Simone Ellin
October 3, 2013

Here one day, gone the next. That’s what it feels like when a loved one dies — especially when that person takes his or her own life. That’s the focus of “Here One Day,” a highly personal 2012 documentary by award-winning Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter. The film is about her mother, Nina Leichter, who jumped CONTINUE »

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Jewish Museum of Maryland’s new exhibit highlights Civil War’s challenges for Jews
BY M. Hirsh Goldberg
October 3, 2013

In the middle of the night on Feb. 23, 1861, three individuals tread quietly through the darkened streets of Baltimore. One was Allen Pinkerton, head of a private detective agency. Another was serving as a bodyguard. The third, wearing an overcoat draped over his shoulders and a soft felt hat, and hunched over to disguise CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2013

The Baltimore Jewish Council passed a policy statement on minimum wage that advocates for a wage above the federal poverty line. “… The Baltimore Jewish Council supports an equitable minimum wage that enables workers to earn over the federal poverty line, but at the same time does not unduly burden Maryland business,” the statement says. CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2013

Although crime in Baltimore City has been on the decline for the past three years, homicides are up 6 percent over last year, which deeply concerns Baltimore officials. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts spoke at a Baltimore Jewish Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 about the triumphs and challenges in CONTINUE »