Reform in the Crosshairs Gun violence spurs call for state, federal action

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Faith leaders, policymakers and experts in the greater Baltimore and Washington regions are refusing to stay silent more than one week after the largest mass shooting in recent history. Whether or not Congress passes legislation this week restricting known terrorists from purchasing guns, the prevailing view among most Jews is that some form of restriction… Read More

New Plans for Protracted Mideast Conflict Surface

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Nearly 50 years after Israel gained control of the West Bank in the Six Day War, a nonpartisan movement of former Israeli senior security officials has joined with two American organizations to warn against the continuing presence of Israeli forces on land that Palestinians claim for a future state. “The status quo is an illusion,… Read More

Har Sinai Lifelong Learning Program Is a Hit

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A new program offered at Har Sinai Congregation has attracted a loyal following among community members interested in continuing their education. The program is called SPICE, which stands for “Social Interaction, Personal Growth, Intellectual Development, Cultural Stimulation and Educational Enrichment,” and it targets older adults who are interested in taking courses on a variety of… Read More

Mid-Atlantic Media’s Runyan Going ‘Over the Edge’ for Kidney Health

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Mid-Atlantic Media’s editorial director Joshua Runyan will participate in Toss Your Boss, an event in which employees can raise funds that benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland for the privilege of having their boss go ‘over the edge’ — rappelling down the exterior of the Hyatt  Regency Hotel at the Inner Harbor from roof… Read More

Challenging the ‘Dumping Ground’ Status Quo

Destiny Watford, a resident of the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay, was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in stopping the nation’s largest incinerator from being built in her neighborhood. (Goldman Environmental Prize)

Until a few months ago, Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood, a community with a history of being marginalized and displaced for industry, was set to be the future home of the country’s largest trash incinerator. While the proposal was touted as clean energy, some residents saw the plan to burn 4,000 tons of trash every day… Read More

Fed Live! A Huge Success!

More than 400 attendees enjoyed this year’s sold-out Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Fed Live! gala on June 9. The Stars & Stripes-themed event featured entertainment by The Capitol Steps and a live auction called Give for Good, where attendees could bid on and donate services the federation provides. It was also an evening of… Read More

Quarry Lake Festival Celebrates Jewish Heritage

This Sunday, June 19, the Quarry Lake Spring Festival, an annual celebration of Jewish heritage, will take place at Quarry Lake in Greenspring from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, sponsored by Sol Levinson & Bros. and Woodholme Gardens, will feature Klezmer music, kosher food, book signings by local authors and a shofar blowing… Read More

JCC’s Shabbat Decision Causes Concern

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The Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center’s recent decision to open earlier on Saturdays has caused some concern for community members over respect for Shabbat. Beginning in the early 1990s, the facility’s outdoor pools have been open on Saturdays, and since 2009, the JCC has opened at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, but the board voted… Read More