Baltimore Native Wins with Perfect Pitch

Justin Hayet and Haley Silverstein pitch their conference idea at the First Annual Campus Pitch Competition at WeWork. (photo provided)

Baltimore native and pro-Israel activist Justin Hayet, 21, and his partner, Haley Silverstein, won $2,500 at the First Annual Campus Pitch Competition at WeWork, held by the World Jewish Congress and Israeli Consulate in New York. The competition challenged students to pitch an initiative concerning Israel, anti-Semitism or interfaith relations to a panel of judges… Read More

Voting Rights Granted to Ex-Offenders

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The Maryland General Assembly on Feb. 9 overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto on a bill that grants voting rights to ex-offenders once they are released from prison. The bill restores voting rights to approximately 40,000 Marylanders, about 20,000 of whom will be eligible to vote in Baltimore City’s upcoming mayoral and council elections, according to… Read More

Continuum of Care Pilot Program Puts Congregants First

The Pearlstone Center hosted the launch of the Maryland Faith Community Health Network. From left: Carolyn Quattrocki, executive director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; the Rev. John Deckenback, chairman, Ecumenical Leaders Group; Dr. Jonathan Ringo, vice president of transformational care, LifeBridge Health; Vincent DeMarco, president, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and head of the Consumer Outreach Task Force of the Health Services Cost Review Commission; the Rev. Cleveland Mason, president, United Baptist Missionary Convention; Carmela Coyle, president and CEO, Maryland Hospital Association; District 11 Del. Shelly Hettleman; and Rabbi Jay Goldstein, Beth Israel Congregation. (Photo by Melissa Gerr)

The Maryland Faith Community Health Network is a two-year pilot program among LifeBridge Health, the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and dozens of faith-based organizations that will work to improve the health of people in Maryland by creating a continuum of care for congregants during and after a hospital stay, as well as promote preventative health… Read More

Morhaim Introduces Four Drug Policy Reform Bills

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Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11) hopes to reduce addiction and overdose rates, the spread of diseases and incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders through four harm reduction drug policy bills he introduced on Feb. 5. The Baltimore County delegate, an emergency and internal medicine physician, said the bills treat drug use as a public health issue…. Read More

Lamplighter Dinner Shines Light on Columbia Chabad’s 30 Years

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Rabbi Hillel Baron remembers the first Howard County Jewish Federation meeting he attended; it took place in a member’s family room, and in it was seated everyone in the Jewish community. While the Howard County Jewish community has grown and changed exponentially, one constant has remained: Rabbi Hillel and Chanie Baron. The Barons, who run… Read More

Local Photographer Finds New Life Through the Lens

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Norm Dubin may be retired from his career as a reproductive biologist, but he has started a new life with what initially was just a hobby. “Like most kids, I had a camera ever since I was young and liked to take pictures of weird things,” said Dubin. “A friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t… Read More

Governor’s Initiative Would Change Legislative Districts

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After years of Democratic dominance, Maryland’s legislative and congressional district lines could see an overhaul, due to an initiative put forth by Gov. Larry Hogan on Jan. 26. The proposal would create a constitutional amendment that places the power of drawing district lines in the hands of an independent nine-member panel. District lines are currently… Read More

Sitting Circuit Court Judges Put to the Test Two challengers step into the ring for 15-year terms

From left: Baltimore City Circuit Court Judges Audrey Carrion, Wanda Keyes Heard,  Karen “Chaya” Friedman, Michael DiPietro, Cynthia Jones and Shannon Avery. (Provided)

Judges’ names appear low on ballots, below presidential candidates, below those running for Congress and Senate and below those running to be Baltimore’s next mayor and councilpersons — all races that are more recognized in the national and local news media and are arguably on the radar of the general public. Most judges are appointed… Read More

BJC Scaling Back End-of-Life Opposition

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The Baltimore Jewish Council will not take a major role in opposing the End-of-Life Option Act in the Maryland General Assembly this session, the council announced at a recent board meeting. The BJC still opposes the legislation, proposed by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), because choosing to end one’s… Read More