Legislative Session Under Way

While there may not be a massive, looming budget crisis, and the state may even retire its structural deficit, there are a few key issues that are likely to be on the top of the General Assembly’s agenda. Cailey Locklair, director of government relations for the Baltimore Jewish Council, reported, “We’ve begun meetings with cabinet… Read More

Day School Teacher Charged With Abuse

A physical education teacher at the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew has been suspended following charges of child abuse. Foye C. Minton, 33, was arrested on Jan. 10 at around noon at the day school. He has been charged with child abuse following an investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit,… Read More

‘Detour’ Dave Cell-A-Brates!

Happy Birthday “Detour” Dave Sandler! Today, Jan. 11, Sandler, WBAL’s longtime traffic reporter, turns 52. When he collapsed on a softball field in August 2009, it was not at all clear that he would live to see another birthday. “I was ‘clinically dead’ with no pulse and no respiration,” said Sandler. Thankfully, his softball team… Read More

Expanded Options?

A Montgomery County lawmaker plans on proposing legislation during the General Assembly that would allow residents to purchase kosher wine from out-of-state stores and online retailers. Del. Sam Arora (D-19) said his bill would expand options to Marylanders two years after the state ended its longtime ban on direct-purchase wines; the 2011 legislation only applied… Read More

Fiscal Cliff Avoided?

The nation narrowly has avoided falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, at least for a brief time. Congress retained most tax cuts and cut some spending but continued to put off deeper cuts. The House of Representatives remains deeply divided and at odds with the president but still passed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans,… Read More

Neuman to O’Malley’s Office

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Stephen Neuman as his new director of public affairs. Neuman began his job as a top adviser to the governor in early January. The veteran Washington political operative, a lawyer, is expected to prove valuable to the state and also to Gov. O’Malley personally should the governor decide to run… Read More

Showtime in Howard County

For the 21st consecutive year, Columbia Jewish Congregation will present its annual Jewish Film Series, which will open Jan. 19 with “The Little Traitor,” a 2007 film in Hebrew and English that centers on 12-year-old Proffy Liebowitz and his adventures in the months just prior to the formation of the Jewish state. The series continues… Read More

Insights on Israel, Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam

Israeli author and scholar Noam Zion will offer a weekend of study Jan. 11-13 at Beth Am Synagogue. Zion, 64, will present perspectives on Israel, Jewish culture and the values of Torah. Zion, who has taught in both the United States and Israel for decades for the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, among… Read More

Hip And Holy

It has been about three years since The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center made a decision to open the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC on Shabbat. At the apex of the decision-making process, more than 1,000 Orthodox Jews rallied on the lawn of Northwestern High School, calling on… Read More

BJC Readies for Legislature

The Maryland General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9. That’s the 90-day period when our state representatives from Allegheny to Worcester counties, and, of course, Baltimore County and City, gather to dialogue about important issues for the state’s residents. Of course, they also pass the next year’s budget. The Baltimore Jewish Council is ready for… Read More