Governor’s Initiative Would Change Legislative Districts

After years of Democratic dominance, Maryland’s legislative and congressional district lines could see an overhaul, due to an initiative put forth by Gov. Larry Hogan on Jan. 26. The proposal would create a constitutional amendment that places the power of drawing district lines in the hands of an independent nine-member panel. District lines are currently… Read More

Sitting Circuit Court Judges Put to the Test Two challengers step into the ring for 15-year terms

Judges’ names appear low on ballots, below presidential candidates, below those running for Congress and Senate and below those running to be Baltimore’s next mayor and councilpersons — all races that are more recognized in the national and local news media and are arguably on the radar of the general public. Most judges are appointed… Read More

BJC Scaling Back End-of-Life Opposition

The Baltimore Jewish Council will not take a major role in opposing the End-of-Life Option Act in the Maryland General Assembly this session, the council announced at a recent board meeting. The BJC still opposes the legislation, proposed by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), because choosing to end one’s… Read More

Obama Visits Baltimore Mosque

President Barack Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore Wednesday, Feb. 3 in his first visit to a mosque in the U.S. during his presidency. In a 45-minute address, he called on Americans to embrace Islam as a religion of peace. Obama referenced recent tragedies in Boston, Chattanooga, Tenn., and San Bernardino, Calif., that were… Read More

The Power of Engagement Congregations look to members to guide — and create — the future

Lynne Kirsner and her husband have remained members of Temple Oheb Shalom over the years mainly to attend High Holiday services and because they have a number of friends there. Until recently, Kirsner wasn’t very involved in the congregation. But after being tapped for a role in assessing what the congregation can do to engage… Read More

A $6.8 Million Campaign for Gilchrist, The Associated Funds will go toward new wing, Jewish community resources

Gilchrist Hospice Care has partnered with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore on a fundraising campaign to expand hospice programs and resources in the Jewish community. The $6.8 million fundraising  campaign will allow for renovations and a 2,400-square-foot addition at Gilchrist Center Towson, an endowment to help Gilchrist engage the Jewish community and funds… Read More

Repair the World Partners with JVC In third year, organization repositions its Baltimore operations

Repair the World, an organization that launched in several major cities in the fall of 2013 with the mission of engaging young Jewish adults in volunteerism, has refocused its Baltimore operations and will now operate under the auspices of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore as part of Jewish Volunteer Connection. Jewish Volunteer Connection… Read More

Legislators, Advocates Rally for End-of-Life Option Act Revised bill increases protection from coercion, includes data collection

Legislators and advocates kicked off this year’s push for the End-of-Life Option Act on Thursday, Jan. 28 ahead of the introduction of Senate and House bills. The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), would allow terminally ill individuals… Read More