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BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2013

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. CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
October 2, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Connecting the stories of Jewish women activists across the centuries
BY Melissa Gerr
September 25, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Chabad Center in Owings Mills celebrates its expansion
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

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 CONTINUE »