From Squad Car to Synagogue Local cantor builds bridges between law enforcement and community


It was July 1987. Michael Shochet was a young police officer working the midnight shift in Baltimore City. A signal 13 came across the radio. An off-duty officer needed backup. Soon after Shochet and his fellow officers arrived at the 1100 block of Abbott Court, shots rang out. Officer Tom Martini was shot through his… Read More

Baltimore Residents Protest and Call for Reform After Porter Mistrial

Protesters chanted outside of City Hall Wednesday evening.

Dozens of police officers stood on corners on Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore just after a mistrial was announced Wednesday afternoon in the case of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of the six officers who face various charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Blocks away, other officers stood behind barricades in front… Read More

Confronting Anti-Semitism DFI series kicks off with discussion on hate

Jewish professional and lay leaders came together Dec. 2 at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC for a discussion on confronting anti-Semitism hosted by the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development. The workshop was the first in a five-part series on interfaith dialogue and was highlighted by a lecture from Seth Gordon-Lipkin, the education project… Read More

Words Without War HoCo organizations fighting Islamophobia through dialogue


Blunt remarks by politicians, news of violent incidents and boisterous messages sent from overseas; it may be creating fear and distrust at a national level, but some people are fighting back with an age-old weapon: discussion. Several organizations throughout Howard County are using the holiday season to mend Jewish-Muslim relationships at the grassroots level. “Personally,… Read More

Father, Daughter Win Public Health Impact Award Paper based on research done by sixth-grader honored at national medical examiners conference

Sydney and Russell Alexander pose with the project Sydney did in sixth grade that led to closer collaboration  between the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a public health impact award at the National Association  of Medical Examiners conference in October. (Marc Shapiro)

An Ellicott City middle schooler and her father won a national award for research they conducted in fentanyl deaths in Maryland. Sydney Alexander, a seventh-grader at Folly Quarter Middle School, used data provided to her by her father, Dr. Russell Alexander, an assistant medical examiner at Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), to… Read More

A Diversity of Assets Israeli companies gather at BWI for event headlined by commerce secretary

State Secretary  of Commerce Mike Gill speaks at the Maryland/Israel Development  Center’s annual showcase at BWI. (Daniel Schere)

More than 30 Israeli companies filled the observation gallery at Baltimore/ Washington International Airport on Nov. 30 for the Maryland/Israel  Development Center’s fifth annual showcase. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks for an hour before Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill addressed the contingent. “When I came into this position I had spent my life… Read More