Marvin Mandel Passes Away at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor leaves ‘extraordinary legacy’

Gov. Marvin Mandel at his 95th birthday party in May.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, passed away Sunday afternoon. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov. Larry Hogan… Read More

Construction Begins on New Metro Centre Building

Attendees at the groundbreaking of a new office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills signed a 700-pound piece of steel that will be used in construction.

Construction began on a 200,000-square-foot office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills, marked by a groundbreaking on Aug. 27. The new construction is part of 1.2 million square feet of office space planned for the mixed-use development, which will total 7 million square feet when completed. “We are extremely optimistic about… Read More

Baltimore County Crime Dropped 7.2 Percent in 2014

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a 7.2 percent overall decrease in crime in 2014 at a news conference on Aug. 26. Among the types of crime that decreased were aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft, which went down by 6.1 percent, 15.8 percent and 17.1 percent respectively. Johnson… Read More

Rawlings-Blake Joins ‘Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism’

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted American Jewish Committee leaders at city hall Tuesday as she signed the AJC’s “Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism” statement. The statement has mayors calling on their European counterparts to speak out and act to prevent anti-Semitism in their countries. It has been signed by nearly 300 mayors and county executives, including… Read More

Owings Mills Chabad Dedicates New Torah Celebration attracts hundreds; Torah dedicated to rabbi’s late father

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There’s no party like a Chabad-Lubavitch Torah dedication party. People marched and danced in the streets, music was played, flags were waved, tiki torches were lit and a festive meal was enjoyed to mark the occasion. Hundreds came out to the Chabad of Owings Mills on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the Grand Torah Dedication. The… Read More

Out of a financial hole Central Scholarship’s board chair offers generous award for students with debt

From left: Central Scholarship President Jan Wagner, Board Chairman Ira 
Wagner, Student Loan Pay-Down Award winner Raymond Major and Ellen Dame 
and David Rothschild, both descendants of founder Moses Rothschild, were at the Central Scholarship Awards ceremony on Aug. 5.

Raymond Major’s winning number had only been partially announced at the Central Scholarship annual awards ceremony on Aug. 5, but that was enough to warrant an enthusiastic roar. The 2014 University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduate had just won $30,000 that would go toward paying off his college-education debt. “For some reason the first song… Read More

Pray for Victory? It can be a problem for Jews when the Ravens’ first game falls on one of the year’s most important holidays

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When the sky goes dark on Sept. 13, most Jews will flock to synagogue to begin the annual ritual of celebrating Rosh Hashanah. But some will likely be sitting on their couch, enjoying beer and pizza while watching their beloved Ravens open the season in Denver against the Broncos. “It’s going to be one of… Read More

Pet Friendly Two Columbia Jewish Congregation kids put 4-H livestock skills to the test

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Ian Quill, 12, and Hayley Russell, 10, from Columbia Jewish Congregation showed off their rabbit and chicken, respectively, at the 70th annual Howard County Fair, which ended its one-week run on Aug. 15. Both of them began raising their animals as a part of 4-H, a national youth development program focused on providing children with… Read More