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Opposition to BJC-backed anti-boycott bill succeeds in watering down legislation
BY Suzanne Pollak and Heather Norris
March 13, 2014

Those both for and against a bill in Annapolis that would financially penalize any college that was involved in an academic boycott of any country with which Maryland has an official relationship had some strong words for the legislature last week during lengthy committee hearings in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. The CONTINUE »

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Maryland’s Public Service Commission passes opt-out penalty as legislators call for deeper explanation, consumer protection
BY Marc Shapiro
March 6, 2014

Maryland residents who wish to opt out of new wireless electric meters will pay to keep the current analog meters. The Maryland Public Service Commission established one-time upfront and monthly fees for customers of BGE, Pepco, DPL and SMECO who don’t want to have smart meters installed on their properties. The upfront fees can be CONTINUE »

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New book poses questions at the intersection of science, religion
BY Melissa Gerr
March 6, 2014

“Jewish science” was a term used in Nazi Germany that packed a racist and political charge, spoken with the intention to denigrate the work of Albert Einstein and his Jewish contemporaries. In his book “Einstein’s Jewish Science,” philosopher and author Steven Gimbel dissects this accusation — investigating the pathways of Jewish identity, religion and culture CONTINUE »

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Local group hosts talk on Israel, Judaism
BY Heather Norris
March 6, 2014

The upstairs bar at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point was packed last week, but it wasn’t the beer that brought the crowd; it was Israel. The discussion group “4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions,” which comprises Rabbis Josh Snyder, Jessy Gross, Etan Mintz and Daniel Burg, each from a different denomination, hosted a talk the night of CONTINUE »

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JQ, Keshet host same-sex marriage discussion
BY Heather Norris
March 6, 2014

When Mindy Dickler’s son, Elie, revealed to her two-and-a-half years ago that he was gay, she felt totally alone. Today, Dickler and others in the Baltimore community are working to make sure that parents and families of LGBT Jews never feel alone again. “In some ways, it’s very individual,” Dickler said of the process of CONTINUE »