MD Legislators Announce $5.7M BWI Grant

U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, as well as Congressman John Sarbanes, announced a grant of more than $5.7 million to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, was awarded to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Aviation Administration, the… Read More

St. Frances Receives Donation To Build Jewish Studies Program

Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy is one step closer to making its Jewish Studies program a permanent part of its overall curriculum. The private Catholic school, located at 501 E. Chase St., received $200,000 during the 2012-2013 academic year to begin building an endowment for the Hoffberger Chair of Jewish Studies. Until now, the program has… Read More

Deaf Community’s Concerns Heard

The Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, recently announced a funding initiative that will significantly offset the cost of sign-language interpreters at Jewish communal events. Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education (JADE) will provide $50 per event toward interpreters’ fees, which typically cost at least $50… Read More

Stories Connect Us All

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“When you hear other people’s stories, you realize how unique each person and group is and what we all have in common. When we’re able to walk in each other’s shoes, even for a few minutes, a stranger becomes a friend,” said Susan O’Halloran, organizer of an online storytelling festival, Stories Connect Us All. Identifying… Read More

UMD, Morgan State Receive Federal Transportation Research Grant

The University of Maryland and Morgan State University are two of seven universities that will split a $2.8 million transit research grant, Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced last week. The Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration grant, for $2,828,200, will fund research into solutions that focus on economic competitiveness. Primarily, the… Read More

BJC Passes Minimum-Wage Policy

The Baltimore Jewish Council passed a policy statement on minimum wage that advocates for a wage above the federal poverty line. “… The Baltimore Jewish Council supports an equitable minimum wage that enables workers to earn over the federal poverty line, but at the same time does not unduly burden Maryland business,” the statement says…. Read More

Mayor, Police Commissioner Address City Crime

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Although crime in Baltimore City has been on the decline for the past three years, homicides are up 6 percent over last year, which deeply concerns Baltimore officials. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts spoke at a Baltimore Jewish Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 about the triumphs and challenges in… Read More

Jewish Christian?!

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Thousands of residents from Owings Mills and Reisterstown to as far as Silver Spring received an oversized postcard in the mail earlier this week asking the question, “Is it possible to be both Jewish and Christian?” Prominently juxtaposed to the inquiry were five distinct logos — those of Jews for Judaism, the Baltimore Jewish Council… Read More

‘Ballots, Babies and Banners of Peace’

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Melissa R. Klapper is a trained historian of American women with a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She was disheartened by what she says is “the standard narrative of American history, leaving Jewish women out. Jewish women were recognized at the time of the movements, especially in the peace and birth-control movements, but historians haven’t paid… Read More

An Address In 21117

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It is a big sacrifice for an Orthodox family — especially one with five children — to live outside of a community with an eruv, an enclosure that allows one to carry items from inside his or her home around the neighborhood on Shabbat. It is likewise challenging for a frum family to raise its… Read More