Anyone’s Race With Stephanie Rawlings-Blake out of the picture, Baltimore’s mayoral election is an open contest

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In a city that’s seen violent crime spike, with a homicide rate surpassing that of many other major American cities, and anxiety still in the air from April’s uprising following the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, the stakes are high for Baltimore’s next mayor. Uptown, in the Northwest’s Jewish community, tension is also high with… Read More

Kamenetz Announces Plan to Accelerate Air Conditioning in Schools

On Tuesday, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance announced a plan to accelerate getting air conditioning in county schools. Under current plans, county schools without air conditioning would have it by 2021. Kamenetz and Dance are asking the state to accelerate its pledged funding so schools could have… Read More

Gov. Mandel Honored with Torah Mantle

A Torah mantle was dedicated to the late Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel at Shabbat services on Friday, Oct. 2 at The Commodore Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Lobbyist Bruce Bereano, who was a good friend of Mandel’s and attended High Holiday and occasional Shabbat services with… Read More

Old Problem, New Challenges City leaders looking to tackle heroin epidemic

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen speaks about the city’s heroin epidemic, as panelists (from left) Heather Ralston, Karen James, 
Dr. Beth McGinty and Baltimore City Police Lt. Timothy Devine look on. (Daniel Schere)

Baltimore’s heroin epidemic has persisted for several decades, but City leaders and health professionals are looking to solve the current crisis by taking away the stigma and approaching it as a public health issue. On Sept. 30, the Baltimore Jewish Council, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Issues Commission and the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives,… Read More

A Neighborhood Revitalized Historic Jonestown reimagines itself Story and photo by Justin Katz

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Jonestown, which sits north of Little Italy and west of Dunbar-Broadway in East Baltimore, is a small, relatively lesser-known part of Baltimore City, but its roots with the Jewish, German and Italian immigrant communities make it rich with history. Approximately 40 people were at the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Oct. 1 for “Discovering Jonestown,” an… Read More

Comptroller, Governor Weigh In on Baltimore County Schools’ AC State’s high officials call for accelerated action

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A contentious debate is taking place between Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot as the state officials have criticized the county for not fixing sooner its schools that lack air conditioning. The county executive has gone on the defense, saying that he is fixing a problem he inherited,… Read More

Sukkot at Stevenson Jewish student club constructs sukkah

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Stevenson University’s Jewish Student Association had about 20 students at its Greenspring campus construct and decorate a sukkah on Sept. 25 in preparation for Sukkot. “We want to put up a sukkah to expose any students on the Greenspring campus to something Jewish,” said Rachel Rudo, president of the JSA and a human services major…. Read More