Legislators Take Up Police Accountability

Police officers and activists packed the House Judiciary Committee meeting room, where legislators heard testimony about a variety of police accountability bills, including one bill that would alter Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
(Marc Shaprio)

Law enforcement accountability has been at the forefront of the national conversation for months, sparked by the August killing of an unarmed black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo. In Maryland, state legislators and advocates are pushing for reforms to increase police accountability. On Thursday, March 12 in the House Judiciary Committee, advocates from Jews… Read More

Reducing the Backlog Vice president, Maryland legislators highlight sexual assault kit initiative

With sexual assault survivor Helena Lazaro and Vice President Joe Biden looking on, Sen. Barbara Mikulski adamantly declares, “We want to make sure that no victim is doubly victimized.”
(Tim Zink)

Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-District 2), visited Pikesville on Monday to tout the importance of a new initiative designed to speed prosecution of sexual assaults. Following a tour of the Maryland State Police Forensic Laboratory on Milford Mill Road, Biden told… Read More

Hettleman’s Sexual Assault Bill Moving Forward

Shelly Hettleman
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Freshman legislator Shelly Hettleman is calling for increased efforts on the issue of sexual assault at Maryland colleges. Hettleman’s bill, HB 571, had a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on March 10. A vote on whether or not to move the bill to the House of Delegates’ floor is expected soon. “It is an… Read More

United Through Motherhood Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project holds conference in Baltimore

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Two hundred Jewish mothers from nine countries descended on Baltimore for three days of leadership building and learning as part of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s third annual conference. The women attended workshops and presentations at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown during the March 9-11 conference, which focused on building leadership qualities. According to JWRP… Read More

Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore

Angela Davis, political activist and author, earned a standing ovation after her keynote address. (Jules Cowan)

A progressive look at the Middle East with an emphasis on sympathy toward the Palestinian people may not be the mainstream approach to Israel in the organized Jewish community, but Jewish Voice for Peace is proudly bucking the trend. The organization met in Baltimore last weekend for its national membership meeting, with the growing organization… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Council and D.C. Counterpart Lobby Annapolis

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Maryland’s Jewish community turned out in full force Tuesday evening in the state capital to lobby legislators for a number of Jewish causes. More than 240 Maryland Jews met with more than 30 state legislators and legislative staff members at the state Senate and House of Delegates office buildings at the annual Advocacy Day, hosted… Read More

Saying Goodbye

Jory and Barbara Newman plan to close their longtime Northwest Baltimore shop, Pikesville Silver and Antiques, by the end of spring. (Pam Stegemarten)

In a few short months, Pikesville will lose two of its longest-lasting storefronts with the closure of Pikesville Silver and Antiques and Pikesville Jewelry & Coin. At the end of the month, Pikesville Jewelry & Coin will close its doors in favor of switching to a consult-only business model, and, just more than two months… Read More

Common Ground

Rabbi David Lapin (Provided)

PHILADELPHIA — Professional and lay Jewish day school leaders gathered in the City of Brotherly Love for three days to forge “uncommon connections” with their peers. The fifth North American Jewish Day School Conference, which ended March 10, brought an estimated 1,000 participants to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, where the stated goal was to learn… Read More

Hearing Held on Life Insurance Bill

Legislation forbidding life insurance providers in Maryland from limiting coverage, discontinuing coverage or requiring larger payments from clients based on future lawful travel plans — such as to Israel — could be inching closer to law. In a hearing two weeks ago on House Bill 352 in the House Health and Government Operations Committee, lobbyists… Read More