Betsy Gardner Announces City Council Bid

Betsy Gardner (David Stuck)

Elizabeth “Betsy” Gardner kicked off her campaign for the Baltimore City Council’s 5th District seat on Sunday, Feb. 21. She is one of seven candidates seeking to fill the seat that will be left vacant when longtime councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector retires. She faces Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, an Orthodox Jewish small business owner and community… Read More

A Leap Year of Faith

Lila Levine, born on Feb. 29, 2012, will celebrate her first real birthday on Monday. (Dahlia Levine)

When Alexandria, Va., resident Allison Dinsmore celebrates her 11th birthday on Monday, she will do so along with some 200,000 Americans whose birthday falls only once every four years. She says she makes do. “I miss kind of having the one actual day most years, but it gives me something to talk about,” she says…. Read More

Changes in Franklin Music Program Spark Concern, Some Hope

Due to stagnant and declining enrollment, Franklin High School is restructuring its music offerings. (

As Franklin High School’s administration grapples with how to best utilize a finite staff in a school with a diversity of interests, the school’s music community faces an uncertain future as it fights to keep certain classes from the chopping block. Initially, jazz band, symphonic band — an honors-level band — lower level piano and… Read More

Art with a Heart Names Friedman President

Alyson Friedman has been elected president of the board of directors for Art with a Heart, a 15-year-old Baltimore-based nonprofit that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people in need through the use of visual art. Friedman has been a member of the board since 2011. Art with the Heart achieves its mission through… Read More

Associated Honored by Israel Bonds

On Jan. 31, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore became the first federation to be presented with Israel Bonds’ Israel68 Commemorative Medallion Award. The award was presented to The Associated in recognition of its work in the greater Baltimore Jewish community as well as Israel, where it has a sister- city relationship with Ashkelon… Read More

Harbour School Honored


The Harbour School has been recognized as a Lead2Feed Certified School. Only 10 schools and youth organizations have received this honor. Harbour was recognized for inspiring community service and its demonstration of student leadership. Through the efforts of Harbour students and staff, students have performed thousands of hours of community service working toward alleviating hunger… Read More

Baltimore Native Wins with Perfect Pitch

Justin Hayet and Haley Silverstein pitch their conference idea at the First Annual Campus Pitch Competition at WeWork. (photo provided)

Baltimore native and pro-Israel activist Justin Hayet, 21, and his partner, Haley Silverstein, won $2,500 at the First Annual Campus Pitch Competition at WeWork, held by the World Jewish Congress and Israeli Consulate in New York. The competition challenged students to pitch an initiative concerning Israel, anti-Semitism or interfaith relations to a panel of judges… Read More

Voting Rights Granted to Ex-Offenders

Gov. Larry Hogan (Evan Sayles via ZUMA Wire/Newscom)

The Maryland General Assembly on Feb. 9 overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto on a bill that grants voting rights to ex-offenders once they are released from prison. The bill restores voting rights to approximately 40,000 Marylanders, about 20,000 of whom will be eligible to vote in Baltimore City’s upcoming mayoral and council elections, according to… Read More

Continuum of Care Pilot Program Puts Congregants First

The Pearlstone Center hosted the launch of the Maryland Faith Community Health Network. From left: Carolyn Quattrocki, executive director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; the Rev. John Deckenback, chairman, Ecumenical Leaders Group; Dr. Jonathan Ringo, vice president of transformational care, LifeBridge Health; Vincent DeMarco, president, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and head of the Consumer Outreach Task Force of the Health Services Cost Review Commission; the Rev. Cleveland Mason, president, United Baptist Missionary Convention; Carmela Coyle, president and CEO, Maryland Hospital Association; District 11 Del. Shelly Hettleman; and Rabbi Jay Goldstein, Beth Israel Congregation. (Photo by Melissa Gerr)

The Maryland Faith Community Health Network is a two-year pilot program among LifeBridge Health, the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and dozens of faith-based organizations that will work to improve the health of people in Maryland by creating a continuum of care for congregants during and after a hospital stay, as well as promote preventative health… Read More

Morhaim Introduces Four Drug Policy Reform Bills

Del. Dan Morhaim (Justin Tsucalas)

Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11) hopes to reduce addiction and overdose rates, the spread of diseases and incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders through four harm reduction drug policy bills he introduced on Feb. 5. The Baltimore County delegate, an emergency and internal medicine physician, said the bills treat drug use as a public health issue…. Read More