Larry Ziffer to Step Down from CJE

Rabbi Larry Ziffer, chief executive officer of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education, plans to step down from his position sometime in June after 15 years with the organization. Ziffer, 65, said this is the right time to leave because he is “ready to step into a new phase” of… Read More

David Simon-Organized Pro-Immigrant Rally Draws Sold-Out Crowd to Beth Am

The sold-out City of Immigrants rally organized by “The Wire” creator David Simon filled Beth Am Synagogue Monday night and raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and national nonprofits who work on behalf of immigrants. The event was also livestreamed by The Washington Post, the Facebook video of which had more than 75,000… Read More

Baking for Buses

Concerned parents, students and Baltimore City Council members gathered at Frederick Douglass High School on Feb. 2 for a bake sale to raise funds for students affected by changes the Maryland Transit Administration and Baltimore City Public Schools made to the bus schedule that cut the evening hours students can ride for free by two… Read More

Gordon Center to Feature Dance in ‘Take a Leap’ Month

February is dance month at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts for the fourth year running, and first up is a performance by Ariel Rivka Dance on Feb. 12. The Gordon Center is partnering with the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences for this year’s “Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration,” happening throughout… Read More

C-Rye-Baby at the Senator

Union Craft Brewing, Clark Burger and the Senator Theatre are teaming up for a revival screening of John Waters’ immortal modern classic “Cry-Baby” on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. The event is set as a kick-off celebration for the release of Union’s winter seasonal Rye-Baby IPA that will be available in a can for… Read More

Park Alum Earns Prestigious Newbery Honor

One of three recipients of this year’s Newbery Honor from the Association for Library Service to Children, widely considered to be the most distinguished award in children’s literature, is none other than Adam Gidwitz, a Baltimore native and alumnus of The Park School. Gidwitz will be honored in a ceremony on June 25 in Chicago… Read More

Bills from Morhaim Take New Approach on Drug Addiction

Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11), along with numerous co-sponsors, introduced three bills Jan. 27 that take a radical approach in addressing drug addiction in the state. One bill seeks to decriminalize small amounts of controlled substances, as the state already has done for marijuana, and takes a three-strikes approach. Those stopped for first and second… Read More

$15 Minimum Wage Bill Introduced in Baltimore City Council

For the second straight year, Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is making a concerted effort to incrementally raise the city’s minimum wage over the next few years. Clarke, a Democrat who represents the 14th District, introduced a bill on Monday that would pave the way for low-wage employees 21 and older at businesses with… Read More

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, and numerous area organizations are offering various ways to become engaged. Local events over the course of the month include the CJE and JCC partnering for an inclusive, kid-friendly story time session at J Town on Feb. 14 and a screening of “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy… Read More

Top Chabad Court: D.C. is Shemtov’s Exclusive Domain

The Central Committee of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis has declared that the movement’s activities in Washington fall entirely under the authority of Rabbi Levi Shemtov, settling a longstanding feud between the District of Columbia rabbi and Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, who oversees Chabad programs in Maryland. In its decision, the three-person beit din, or rabbinical court, ruled completely… Read More