City Fires Alleged Neo-Nazi Lawyer


A lawyer for Baltimore had his contract terminated by the city Aug. 18 after it was discovered he had neo-Nazi connections. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the city fired Glen Keith Allen, 65, an independent contractor who defended Baltimore police in civil litigation against misconduct allegations starting this past February. The Southern Poverty… Read More

Baltimoreans Bond with Israel via Cummings Youth Program


A dozen rising high school seniors, dressed smartly in suits and dresses, listened closely on Aug. 17 at the Park Heights JCC as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings delivered a speech celebrating their return from Israel. “This gives me a chance to touch the future, a future that I will never see,” Cummings said. “But I… Read More

Despite Setback, Clarke Confident $15 Minimum Wage Will Pass

Members of the press and community attend a city council meeting in which a $15 minimum wage was discussed. (Justin Silberman)

The fate of Baltimore’s lowest-paid workers remains uncertain after the city council voted on Monday to send a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 back to committee. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-District 14), the bill’s chief sponsor, called for the measure to be pushed back to December,… Read More

Organizations Troubled By DOJ Report on Baltimore Police

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake say they are committed to reforming the police department. (File photo)

The findings of a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, which revealed a number of practices that violate the Constitution and federal law, was called troubling by a number of organizations, but none were surprised. The report, released on Aug. 10, showed that the Baltimore Police Department “engages… Read More

The Susiya Shuffle

The Palestinian village of Susiya is in the southern Hebron hills of Judea, part of the land known to many as the West Bank. The village is home to 300 people. Israel says that the residents built their homes without permits, and so the structures are eligible for demolition. The residents say that Israel’s Supreme… Read More

Kohelet Prize to Reward Innovative Day School Teachers

In late September, the Kohelet Foundation will begin accepting entries for the Kohelet Prize — six $36,000 awards to be distributed among Jewish educators or teams of educators for what the organization is calling “Excellence in Progressive Jewish Education.” “We know there are incredible, creative and highly effective teachers doing this work in the field… Read More

JEA to Celebrate 107 Years

Ron Matz (file photo)

The Jewish Educational Alliance will celebrate its 107th anniversary at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation on Sunday, Aug. 28. WJZ-TV reporter Ron Matz, who was inducted into the JEA’s Hall of Fame in 2014, will serve as the master of  ceremonies. “Every year, we usually have someone to honor, but this year, we’re just honoring… Read More

It’s All About Connections for New North Oaks Director

Sue Chrissley, North Oaks executive director (Photo provided)

This past June saw Sue Chrissley promoted to executive director of North Oaks Retirement Community. She is a familiar face around the campus of North Oaks, having served as the administrator of its Autumn Ridge Health Center for the past four years. Although she’s only been in the position a couple of months, she’s already… Read More

Seeking Justice in Gaza Funds Cases

First came the news that the Gaza head of World Vision, a Christian charity, was  accused of funneling millions of the organization’s dollars to Hamas. Then came the announcement that Israel charged a United Nations humanitarian aid worker with assisting Hamas by redirecting his work from rehabilitating housing to building a military naval facility. These… Read More

The Mall Comes Down Now just an eyesore, the once-glitzy Owings Mills Mall is being demolished to make way for redevelopment


When it opened in 1986, the Owings Mills Fashion Mall (as it was called then) was touted as “the cornerstone of one of the biggest building boons on the East Coast,” WJZ’s Frank Luber reported. “Tres chic, that’s probably the one phrase that describes the new mall in Owings Mills,” another report said. Champagne toasts… Read More