Wage Rally Draws Interfaith Support

Religious leaders from around the city of Baltimore joined with state and local officials Monday to call for a higher minimum wage in Maryland. The Feb. 3 rally, which was organized by Raise Maryland, a grassroots campaign that has been at the center of the minimum-wage movement, took place at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic… Read More

Who are minimum-wage workers?

Fifty-nine percent of all wage and salary workers — or 75.3 million people — are paid hourly rates in the U.S., according to 2012 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of these people, 3.6 million earn exactly $7.25 per hour or less. Women are the most affected by low wages, as 6 percent of… Read More

Jewish Disability Awareness Month: Greater Baltimore/Washington area events

Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. •  Inclusion Works: Guiding the Way to an Inclusive Community at Weinberg Park Heights JCC; Shelly Christensen, founder/executive director of Inclusion Innovations and co-founder of JDAM, will facilitate; Stan Goldman will be the featured speaker. • For information, contact Renee Dain at 410-369-9235 or rdain@associated.org; for registration,… Read More

Website to Bring Sacred Writings Together

It’s increasingly easy to access a Jewish text online or read a commentary on a smartphone. But what if you’re curious about what Christian tradition says about a particular Jewish concept? Or what if a Muslim wants to know the biblical source of a verse in the Quran? Mosaicverse, an online project in development by… Read More

Medical Marijuana Laws for Maryland’s Neighbors

Delaware: The Delaware Medical Marijuana Act took effect on July 1, 2012, allowing doctors to authorize marijuana use for patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, the physical manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder and conditions that cause severe, debilitating pain, wasting syndrome, intractable nausea and seizures. The Delaware Department… Read More

Judaism, Israel and Medical Marijuana

Many consider Israel to be among the most progressive countries when it comes to medical marijuana. There are about 14,000 patients with medical marijuana prescriptions that they acquired from one of 20 doctors allowed to prescribe it, according to a December Haaretz report. “I’d say Israel is an example of a country that is doing… Read More

Legalization, Decriminalization in Maryland

As Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission works on its regulations, other Maryland lawmakers are pushing for all-out legalization of the drug. Dels. Curt Anderson and Sheila Hixson and Sen. Jamie Raskin discussed their bill to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in a news conference on Jan. 16. Gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate,… Read More

The State of Caregivers in Baltimore’s Jewish Community

As in the greater community, Baltimore’s elderly population has grown substantially in the past decade. In fact, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study found that Jews over the age of 65 make up at least 19 percent of Baltimore’s Jewish community, an increase of 3,500 people since The… Read More

The State of Caregivers in the United States

A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving in the United States, in collaboration with AARP, found that in any given year, 65 million people, 29 percent of the population, are caregivers for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member. The study shows that the typical caregiver is a 49-year-old woman (66 percent… Read More