Delegate’s Bill Holds Life Insurers Accountable

Del. Sandy Rosenberg’s bill is based on similar legislation adopted in Colorado. Photo by Melissa Ger

A two-year quest by Maryland state Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) to pass a law that would crack down on life insurance companies that attempt to limit coverage based on an individual’s travel destinations is making progress in the General Assembly. House Bill 803 would prevent insurers from charging different rates or refusing coverage to… Read More

Northwest Hospital Launches Expansion

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Last month’s opening of the redeveloped and expanded Liberty Center building at Northwest Hospital is the first sign of redevelopment at the campus. LifeBridge Health, the parent company of Northwest Hospital, invested more than $5 million in the redevelopment and expansion of the building, expanding from 8,000 to 13,800 square feet. ExpressCare anchors the first… Read More

Senate Sponsor Withdraws End-of-Life Option Act

The state Senate sponsor of a bill that would have allowed terminally ill individuals to obtain a prescription to end their lives has withdrawn the bill, effectively killing the legislation in this year’s Maryland General Assembly. Sen. Ronald Young, a Frederick County Democrat, withdrew the Senate version of the End-of-Life Option Act, saying it did… Read More

You Should Know … Lauren Kashan

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Lauren Kashan, a native of Owings Mills, loved dinosaurs so much as a kid that she dreamed of working with them someday. But given the  dinosaurs’ long-ago demise, she discovered a love for some of their closest relatives and launched a satisfying career working with reptiles and amphibians. Kashan gets to fulfill this dream with… Read More

Past Presence Baltimore’s ‘Jewish’ architecture remains testament to character, conviction, mobility of its people

Former Temple Oheb Shalom (Eutaw Place Temple) has been home to Maryland Prince Hall Masons since 1960. (Melissa Gerr)

First of two parts   To reflect on some of Jewish Baltimore’s architecture is to walk a path through its past. Whether the desired outcome was to culturally assimilate or stay true to faith, to differentiate from other immigrants or simply to embrace the modern, Jews have fervently proclaimed their identity and maintained a strong… Read More

Gardner Aims to Take Her Experience to the Next Level

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The mayor’s race won’t be the only hotly contested election this season. While a large pool of candidates hope to shape Baltimore’s future as the city’s top elected official, others are vying for City Council seats in crowded races. Betsy Gardner, who currently serves as the neighborhood liaison for the 5th and 6th City Council… Read More

Jewish Roots Inspire Security Executive’s Business

Michael Rogers, CEO of Securityhunter, has turned his business into one of the country’s top 20 security dealers. (Michael Rogers: Provided)

Michael Rogers initially  attended Cornell University to become a veterinarian; that didn’t go as planned, so he switched to business. The business he started took inspiration from his childhood. “When you grow up as a Jew in the Bronx, you see guys with tattoos on their arms from Auschwitz,” Rogers told Inc. 5000 in 2014…. Read More

DFI Honors Jewish Professionals

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The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center (DFI) announced its 2016 award winners on Monday. The Outstanding Jewish Communal Professional Award winner is Chana Siff, assistant director of Israel and overseas at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Jewish Communal Service Award winner is Cindy… Read More

Jewish Voters on Fence About Trump

Donald Trump waves to the crowd at a campaign rally in Dallas.

Jewish Republican voters this election season are vexing over who to support in the primary, with many reluctant to support businessman and current frontrunner Donald Trump. Trump’s nontraditional approach to campaigning and divisive rhetoric have put them on edge, but Jewish GOP members still say he would be a better president than former secretary of… Read More

Chinese Women Make Aliyah from Kaifeng

From left: Li Yuan, Yue Ting, Gao Yichen, Li Jing and Li Chengjin

For the first time in seven years, members of the Chinese Jewish community in Kaifeng made aliyah with help from the Jerusalem-based nonprofit Shasvei Israel on Feb. 29. “Kaifeng’s Jewish descendants are a living link between China and the Jewish people,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shasvei Israel. “After centuries of assimilation, a growing number… Read More