A Helping Hand

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On any one night, approximately 2,638 Baltimoreans sleep in a shelter or on the street, according to 2013 point-in-time statistics from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s office. In Baltimore City, more than four out of every 1,000 residents are homeless. Of these people, two-thirds are men, and 20 percent are younger than 25. In a city where… Read More

Jewish Bmore Gives

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Whether it’s for a new iPad, the just-released Mario game, a diamond choker, a Rolex watch or a shiny new Lexus with a big red bow (if we believe what we see on TV), its seems there’s no limit to what people will shell out on holiday gifts. Americans have long lamented the commercialization of… Read More

Working For Change

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These days, it seems that everyone is starting a nonprofit. What’s the appeal? “The reason people start nonprofits is because they see a need and a void that they are passionate to fill,” says Paddy Morton, attorney with Maryland Nonprofits, an organization that serves to strengthen and educate the state’s nonprofit sector. “They’re doing public… Read More

Stretching One Day’s Provisions To Eight

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A beautiful thing about many Jewish laws is that they are open to interpretation. Evolving analysis helps transform a seemingly obsolete idea into a concept that is relevant and applicable to contemporary issues. Bal tashchit is one of those laws. Its original form commands to “not destroy with wanton abandon” (particularly geared to war time),… Read More

Delegate Cardin Introduces Sexual Assault Legislation For Maryland Campuses

Delegate Jon S. Cardin will introduce the first legislation in the Maryland history that will address campus security for victims of sexual assault. If approved, the legislation would require state colleges and universities to report all incidences of sexual assault on their campuses and to provide services for victims. The legislation also calls for confidential… Read More

Not Optimal

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For 73,000 Marylanders, the launching of the Affordable Care Act has brought with it a mix of excitement and trepidation. According to Maryland Health Care Administration statistics, that is the number of people who will lose their current insurance plans due to new federal requirements for comprehensive coverage. However, the Obama administration says their plans… Read More

Worth The Ask

The Baltimore Jewish Council met with Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month to discuss budgetary and policy priorities. “We left feeling very positive from that meeting,” said Cailey Locklair, the BJC’s director of government relations. She discussed the group’s requests for FY2015 at a board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14. The BJC asked for $60,000… Read More

Ralph Jaffe Declares Gubernatorial Candidacy

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Pikesville teacher Ralph Jaffe says he’s not a politician. In fact, the main goal of his 2014 bid for governor isn’t to get elected. “Changing the corrupt system is the goal,” Jaffe said. “But if elected, I will serve. Free, of course.” Jaffe’s goal is to replace money in politics “with ethics,” he said. He… Read More

To Life! In Israel

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Toby Mower has always been considered an iconoclast in Baltimore. Nearly 20 years ago, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Rivka Carmi, the Mowers — Toby and husband Morton — got involved with the school. The couple had a longstanding philanthropic relationship with several Israeli projects and this was simply another. Then, about… Read More

Making Humanoise

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Some readers may recall seeing or hearing about the documentary “Some Kind of Monster.” The film, released in 2004, follows heavy metal rock band Metallica as it travels to performance venues across the country with a therapist in tow. The band, as the film reveals, has contracted with the therapist to help them resolve their… Read More