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Disabilities awareness month features webinars, programs, speakers
BY Melissa Gerr
January 30, 2014

The goal of the National Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month is to initiate discussion and promote inclusion for everyone in all aspects of Jewish life, regardless of their physical or mental ability. But “the discussion shouldn’t be about deciding things for people with disabilities but should include people with disabilities in the discussion,” said Shelly Christensen, CONTINUE »

Federations receive disbursementsto provide employment for people with disabilities
BY Simone Ellin
January 30, 2014

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is among five federations nationwide to receive a Ruderman Family Foundation Opportunity Initiative grant to place young adults with disabilities in workplace-based internships and fellowships. The Jewish Federations of North America, which is working with the foundation to implement the initiative, also will have a fellow in its CONTINUE »

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Park Heights mosque making progress
BY Heather Norris
January 30, 2014

Two years ago the residents of Northwest Baltimore and Pikesville learned that a mosque would be moving into their neighborhood. After years of waiting on renovations and inspections, the Ahmadi Muslim mosque finally will open its doors later this year, giving residents of the predominantly Jewish community an opportunity to interact with a population that CONTINUE »

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Annapolis event gives legislators, community members face time
BY Marc Shapiro
January 30, 2014

The Baltimore Jewish Council is gearing up for its annual Advocacy Day in Annapolis on Wed., Feb. 5. As in past years, organizers expect about 150 community members, state legislators and executive branch officials to come together to discuss the council’s legislative priorities. “On Advocacy Day, we enthusiastically represent the Jewish community and inform our CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
January 30, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gave his eighth and final State of the State address last week in Annapolis. He used the Jan. 23 speech as a way to chronicle his two terms as governor and call on the General Assembly to increase the minimum wage, move toward universal pre-kindergarten, better protect domestic violence victims and CONTINUE »