Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Advances

A large number of Baltimore City residents attended the city council meeting on Monday, during which a preliminary vote for a $15  minimum wage was held. (Justin Silberman)

In a vote that drew thunderous applause from low-wage workers inside and outside City Hall, the Baltimore City Council on Monday advanced a bill that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The council voted 7-4 to give preliminary approval to gradually raise the rate from the state’s current minimum of $8.75… Read More

Joseph Named Senior Rabbi at Har Sinai

Rabbi Linda Joseph (Provided photo)

In its 175th year, the  nation’s oldest continuous  Reform congregation will be under the leadership of a woman who has deep roots in the movement. Har Sinai Congregation’s new senior rabbi, Linda Joseph, has lived and breathed Reform Judaism since her youth group days. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Joseph grew up in a community similar… Read More

Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform

Sabrina Sojourner (Provided)

Sabrina Sojourner said she was “dismayed and heartbroken” when the Black Lives Matter movement released a platform in which it referred to Israel as an “apartheid state” in its support for the Palestinians. According to the platform: “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit… Read More

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


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


“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


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

Baltimore-Born Rabbi Makes Chicago List

Rabbi Zev Eleff (File photo)

Rabbi Zev Eleff, 30, was named to Oy!Chicago and The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division’s fifth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 under 36,” a list recognizing young professionals in the Chicago area. The Pikesville native and Yeshivat Rambam graduate is the chief academic officer at Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College… Read More

You Should Know … Jackie Gordon

Jackie Gordon (Daniel Nozick)

Baltimore resident Jackie Gordon, 34, knew in high school that she wanted to work with kids and sports. As an adult, the Franklin Middle School teacher realized her dream in the “It’s Game Time” summer camp. The Silver Spring native holds a Reading Teacher Certification from Goucher College and graduated from Towson with a bachelor’s… Read More

Bolton Street Synagogue Affiliates with Reform Movement

The sanctuary at Bolton Street Synagogue, which recently affiliated with the Reform movement. (Adam Barry)

After 30 years of being unaffiliated with a larger movement, Bolton Street Synagogue officially affiliated with the Reform movement in June. Founded by a group of Jewish families in 1986, the synagogue started in the basement of a church on Bolton Street. As it expanded, the synagogue never lost sight of the ideals of its… Read More

Local Rabbi Returns from Study in Jerusalem

Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am Synagogue recently returned from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s campus in Jerusalem, where he completed the first portion of  the organization’s Rabbinic Leadership Institute. The three-year fellowship program takes 30 rabbis who want expand on their previous Jewish learning, making trips back to Jerusalem each summer and winter, and… Read More