Schleifer Wants Term Limits

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is aiming to put a cap on the number of terms city elected officials serve. According to multiple reports, Schleifer proposed a bill on Monday at a council meeting that would limit Baltimore politicians, including the mayor and councilmembers, to no more than three four-year terms in office. Schleifer,… Read More

Legislators Eye Big Issues This Session

Local Jewish lawmakers are pushing to keep the Preakness in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, make community college free to students across the state and ban fracking, among other issues, in this year’s legislative session. These items ranked high on the list of priorities for those individuals in advance of the Maryland General Assembly gathering… Read More

Cohen Drives Conversation on MTA’s Bus Cut to Students

Sitting front and center in the Frederick Douglass High School auditorium, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen spoke passionately about the need to make the bus system more accessible for public school students. In his first legislative oversight hearing as the council’s Education and Youth Committee chairman on Jan. 5, Cohen welcomed students, parents and residents… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More

Local Jewish Organizations Engage Young Jews Through Social Causes

Under the direction of Madeline Suggs, the Baltimore Jewish Council has revamped its programming in recent years to appeal to more millennials. Suggs, 26, director of public affairs at the BJC, said she spent the past summer meeting with young up-and-upcoming leaders in the community simply asking how the BJC could better engage them. What… Read More

Park Heights JCC Briefly Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Park Heights JCC was briefly evacuated on Monday after a phoned-in bomb threat, which proved to be unfounded. The building was cleared after the phone call came in at 11:45 a.m. and was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., once the threat was found to be unsubstantiated. That same day, bomb threats were called in… Read More

Board of Appeals Rules Against Proposed Chabad Synagogue

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals ruled Jan. 4 that a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue proposed for the 8400 block of Stevenson Road did not meet certain Baltimore County zoning requirements. Board members Maureen Murphy, Jason Garber and James West said the plan for the synagogue did not comply to the extent possible with RTA (residential… Read More

A Gift from a Rabbi to a Raven

For as long as Rabbi Jessy Gross can remember, her dream has been to give the Baltimore Ravens a benediction before one of their home games at M&T Bank Stadium. Gross, senior director of Jewish learning and life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, used to imagine sitting down with former Ravens great , known… Read More

BSA Rolls Out Film Program

The Baltimore School for the Arts will launch its first-ever film and visual storytelling program, thanks to a $3 million gift from area philanthropists Mark and Patricia Joseph that the school received last month. The renown creative institute, which counts among its esteemed former students hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will… Read More

CJC Earns Grant for End-of-Life Lectures

A few years after beginning discussions through adult education sessions of how to effectively address end-of-life issues, Columbia Jewish Congregation will continue to push that conversation forward. CJC, an egalitarian congregation affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement that meets at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in Columbia, was awarded a $5,000 grant through the Horizon Foundation… Read More