Acts of Kindness


More than 600 volunteers turned out at the Park Heights JCC on Dec. 25 for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual Mitzvah Day celebration. Hands-on projects for charity dominated the event and kept all the participants happily engaged.   Photos by David Stuck  

A Budget Problem


With an approaching budget deficit in the $600 million range, both experts and state political figures predict 2015 to be the year of the budget. “Unless the estimates are wildly off and the state’s able to generate a lot more revenue than they expect, I think the budget is going to be the first, the… Read More

Helping Hands


In keeping with Sam Seliger’s sentiment that “ helping people is really important to me,”  he invited his bar mitzvah guests to participate in a service project as part of his celebration. The prosthetic hands Seliger and his friends assembled will be sent to help land-mine victims and others in countries around the world. On… Read More

Going to Pot


As Americans across the country watched the ball drop in New York’s Times Square last week, some, especially in states such as Washington and Colorado where recreational marijuana use was legalized last year, likely celebrated the passing of 2014 by lighting up a joint in lieu of, or in addition to, pouring a glass of… Read More

Exclusions May Apply

Marylanders planning to travel to Israel while maintaining their life insurance may face a bumpy road ahead. As one local insurance agent found out recently, the state’s 2005 law protecting consumers from discrimination based on past travel does not protect those who wish to travel in the future. “It’s really discriminatory,” said Kenneth Birnbaum, a… Read More

For the Love of Books


Jacob Benesch loves books. The Ilchester Elemenary school fourth-grader can quickly rattle off a few of his favorite titles — “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson,” “Ungifted” — and has difficulty narrowing down his favorite genre. It is no surprise then that Jacob, an outgoing 9-year-old from Ellicott City, was chosen to represent Baltimore on the 2014-2015… Read More

Pass it On


Born in 1940, five months after the Nazis invaded her native Poland, Felicia Graber has never thought of herself as a Holocaust survivor, but now she is a leader among that community. “It’s not unusual for child survivors to deny that they are survivors,” said Graber, 74, who lives in the Park Heights neighborhood with… Read More

JT Publisher Acquires Smart Shopper


Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore Jewish Times, Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Style Magazine has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Pikesville, Md.-based Smart Shopper, Inc. Smart Shopper, a direct mail response upscale magazine with zoned publications in Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County, was sold by Gary Frahm…. Read More

O’Malley Commutes Death Sentences


Gov. Martin O’Malley effectively closed the book on the death penalty in the state last week with the announcement that he will commute the sentences of Maryland’s last four remaining death row inmates. “The question at hand is whether any public good is served by allowing these essentially un-executable sentences to stand,” O’Malley said in… Read More

Hogan Announces More Officials


Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has announced four senior officials who will join his administration when he takes office on Jan. 21. The appointments, announced last week, include Al Redmer Jr. as Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Stephen Moyer as Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, George W. Owings III as Secretary of the Department… Read More