Fiscal Cliff Avoided?

The nation narrowly has avoided falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, at least for a brief time. Congress retained most tax cuts and cut some spending but continued to put off deeper cuts. The House of Representatives remains deeply divided and at odds with the president but still passed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans,… Read More

Neuman to O’Malley’s Office

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Stephen Neuman as his new director of public affairs. Neuman began his job as a top adviser to the governor in early January. The veteran Washington political operative, a lawyer, is expected to prove valuable to the state and also to Gov. O’Malley personally should the governor decide to run… Read More

Showtime in Howard County

For the 21st consecutive year, Columbia Jewish Congregation will present its annual Jewish Film Series, which will open Jan. 19 with “The Little Traitor,” a 2007 film in Hebrew and English that centers on 12-year-old Proffy Liebowitz and his adventures in the months just prior to the formation of the Jewish state. The series continues… Read More

Insights on Israel, Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam

Noam Zion will talk about the similarities between Washington and Jerusalem at a days-long stay at Beth Am Synagogue.
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Israeli author and scholar Noam Zion will offer a weekend of study Jan. 11-13 at Beth Am Synagogue. Zion, 64, will present perspectives on Israel, Jewish culture and the values of Torah. Zion, who has taught in both the United States and Israel for decades for the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, among… Read More

Hip And Holy

Rabbis Yisroel Roll (right) and Yaakov Novograd say they are teaching the non-Orthodox community
 about the importance of Shabbat — one person at a time.
Photo By David stuck

It has been about three years since The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center made a decision to open the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC on Shabbat. At the apex of the decision-making process, more than 1,000 Orthodox Jews rallied on the lawn of Northwestern High School, calling on… Read More

BJC Readies for Legislature

Baltimore Jewish Council will take to the State Capitol (shown here) beginning Jan. 9.

The Maryland General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9. That’s the 90-day period when our state representatives from Allegheny to Worcester counties, and, of course, Baltimore County and City, gather to dialogue about important issues for the state’s residents. Of course, they also pass the next year’s budget. The Baltimore Jewish Council is ready for… Read More

Seeing Red

Mike Lombardi lobbied Baltimore County for a stop sign, and officials responded. A sign is going up soon.

Mike Lombardi says he is not the kind of person who complains publicly. But that changed a little more than a month ago. Lombardi, a Pikesville resident, was driving home with his 6-year-old son when another driver, who was speeding, raced through an intersection and narrowly avoided what could have been a devastating collision with… Read More

Water Main Repairs for Greengate

Pikesville’s Art Putzel knew his neighborhood had an issue with unreliable water mains. But Putzel, who has lived in the Greengate community for 25 years, didn’t realize the extent of the problem until the neighborhood experienced two water main breaks over a six-week span this past November and December. Putzel, along with other Greengate residents,… Read More

Liquidation

Rabbi Menachem Youlus spun a web of lies that landed him in prison. On Dec. 25, his Silver Spring store was liquidated. (Kirsten Beckerman)

Several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise were sold at unbelievabley low prices this past Christmas Day. The goods were the hundreds of final, must-go Judaica pieces of the Jewish Bookstore of Greater Washington, which was owned by the parents of and operated by Rabbi Menachem Youlus. Youlus admitted earlier this year, and was convicted… Read More

Taking A Stand

The Baltimore Jewish Council, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, last week approved a new policy statement in support of public funding for private and parochial schools. Adopted on Nov. 8, the statement recognizes a need for the schools to receive state funding for ancillary services and instruction, provided that such… Read More