One on One County’s top teacher makes it a point to connect with each student

New Town High School teacher Orly Mondell, according to a 
colleague, “is like a magnet that pulls everyone in.” (Provided by Orly Mondell)

Ask Orly Mondell, a ninth-grade teacher at New Town High School, the secret behind her being named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year, and she’ll stress her commitment that every student should receive a quality education. After working in the Manhattan public school system in New York City, she has seen students whose parents don’t… Read More

Dollars and Sense Local Hebrew schools feeling the pinch

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Walk through any number of the area’s supplemental Jewish educational programs and it’ll be quickly clear that these aren’t your parents’ Hebrew schools. For them, or perhaps in your own Hebrew school experience, upward of six agonizing hours a week were devoted to rote memorization of prayers and traditions. As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation… Read More

Obama Gets Candid on Middle East President speaks about Israeli policy, Iran deal at Adas Israel

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Adas Israel Congregation Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama went on the charm offensive last week, declaring publically what his most ardent Jewish Democratic supporters have said he’s expressed privately: a love of the Jewish people and Israel. Speaking before an audience of 1,000 at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., Obama joked about his status as the “first… Read More

Repair the World Takes a Step Back Organization will use next year to re-evaluate its strategy in Baltimore

Repair the World fellows in Baltimore helped Civic Works transform vacant lots into community green spaces last year. (Photo by David Stuck)

Repair the World launched almost two years ago with the mission of making volunteerism a crucial part of young adult Jewish life in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. With about 10 post-college-aged fellows in each city, each Repair the World chapter ingrained itself in neighborhoods, worked with various community organizations and nonprofits and has worked… Read More

Lawmakers Look Back on Session Hogan nixes education funding in favor of state pensions

State Capitol building, Annapolis, Maryland, (Photo Newscom)

The stakes were high in this year’s General Assembly session in Annapolis. Not only did Maryland have a new governor in Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a campaign of bipartisanship and trimming government waste, but there were also 58 freshman legislators. Northwest Baltimore City and County legislators, including freshman Delegate Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11),… Read More

Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family

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Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More

In the Epicenter of Unrest Pikesville developer hopes to redevelop parts of West Baltimore

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After the protests that turned violent with clashes between residents and police, looting and fires in the Penn North area as well as other parts of the city, Pikesville developer Carl Verstandig got a phone call from Burt Greenwood. The third-generation owner of Greenwood Towing in Penn North wanted to see if Verstandig would be… Read More

Fitting Tribute Gov. Mandel celebrates 95th birthday

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel (Marc Shapiro)

Hundreds came out to celebrate former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel’s 95th birthday on Wednesday, May 13, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel. The event — a Who’s Who of Maryland politics — featured Maryland and federal elected officials, judges, clergy and out-of-state legislators and functioned as much as a tribute as it did a roast…. Read More

Dreams Derailed As Amtrak resumes service, communities cope with loss

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With mandated Federal Railroad Administration safety measures and rail improvements in place, Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor reopened Monday, just shy of one week after a deadly train derailment north of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station claimed eight lives and injured more than 200 people. Among the dead were two Jewish victims, Rachel Jacobs, 39, the CEO… Read More