Baltimore Teacher Hub Wins Schusterman Grant

­The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation awarded a substantial challenge grant to the Urban Teacher Center to expand its teacher preparation program.“It is our hope that this grant will be a pathway for leaders in education philanthropy to help young people nationwide get the education they need to learn and grow, regardless of the… Read More

Nous Sommes Charlie

From left: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lead a solidarity rally in Paris attended by more than 1 million supporters to condemn the brutal attacks recently seen in the city. (Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

The international community watched in horror last week as armed radicals in Paris massacred a dozen people at a satirical magazine, held hostage a kosher supermarket, killing four of its shoppers, and engaged in a standoff with police. “These madmen, fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim religion,” French President Francois Hollande told citizens… Read More

A Place to Call Home

Weinberg Manor South, located on the same campus as Manors West and East, has already rented out 90 percent of its units. (Photos by Melissa Gerr)

The often-described “graying of America” or “age quake” has influenced developments in the senior housing market, creating a growing concern for availability as well as a growing business. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, by the year 2030, 19 percent of the population — 72 million people —… Read More

Day School Crunch

When Scheck Community Day School in South Florida opened its new state-of-the-art stadium last fall, people took notice. The 1,070-student school’s stadium is just one of many multimillion-dollar projects underway at day schools across the country aimed at revamping sports complexes. Some hazarded the construction could signal a trend among Jewish private schools to pour… Read More

Acts of Kindness

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More than 600 volunteers turned out at the Park Heights JCC on Dec. 25 for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual Mitzvah Day celebration. Hands-on projects for charity dominated the event and kept all the participants happily engaged.   Photos by David Stuck  

A Budget Problem

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With an approaching budget deficit in the $600 million range, both experts and state political figures predict 2015 to be the year of the budget. “Unless the estimates are wildly off and the state’s able to generate a lot more revenue than they expect, I think the budget is going to be the first, the… Read More

Helping Hands

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In keeping with Sam Seliger’s sentiment that “ helping people is really important to me,”  he invited his bar mitzvah guests to participate in a service project as part of his celebration. The prosthetic hands Seliger and his friends assembled will be sent to help land-mine victims and others in countries around the world. On… Read More

Going to Pot

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As Americans across the country watched the ball drop in New York’s Times Square last week, some, especially in states such as Washington and Colorado where recreational marijuana use was legalized last year, likely celebrated the passing of 2014 by lighting up a joint in lieu of, or in addition to, pouring a glass of… Read More

Exclusions May Apply

Marylanders planning to travel to Israel while maintaining their life insurance may face a bumpy road ahead. As one local insurance agent found out recently, the state’s 2005 law protecting consumers from discrimination based on past travel does not protect those who wish to travel in the future. “It’s really discriminatory,” said Kenneth Birnbaum, a… Read More

For the Love of Books

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Jacob Benesch loves books. The Ilchester Elemenary school fourth-grader can quickly rattle off a few of his favorite titles — “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson,” “Ungifted” — and has difficulty narrowing down his favorite genre. It is no surprise then that Jacob, an outgoing 9-year-old from Ellicott City, was chosen to represent Baltimore on the 2014-2015… Read More