Study: Kosher Chicken May Have Higher E. Coli Risk

Kosher chicken might be less safe to consume than conventional poultry, a new study found. Researchers with Northern Arizona State University examined the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli on four types of raw chicken: conventional, organic, kosher and those raised without antibiotics, all purchased throughout the New York area from April 2012 to June 2012…. Read More

An All-Too-Real Hardship


Beth Newman has been working as a statistician at the Census Bureau for more than a year, but when she arrived at the office early Tuesday morning it wasn’t because she was eager to get a jump on the day’s work but because she, like tens of thousands of other federal employees, had to sign… Read More

NJDC Names Rabbi Moline


Jack Moline, the rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation of Northern Virginia since 1987, is stepping down to become executive director at the National Jewish Democratic Council He replaces David Harris, who left the NJDC in December 2012 following what some saw as decreased Jewish support for the Democratic Party. He had led the organization for… Read More

Pew Survey of U.S. Jews


There are a lot more Jews in America than you may have thought — an estimated 6.8 million, according to a new study. But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their children Jewish or connect with Jewish institutions. The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only… Read More

Analysis: Our Time To Lead


The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the… Read More

BJC Passes Minimum-Wage Policy

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…. Read More

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ As Country

state department on instagram - sept 25, 2013

A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists “Palestine” as a country. The post occurred a day after the State Department unveiled its new Instagram account. “These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign… Read More

Sen. Mikulski, Rep. Sarbanes Back Brown For Governor

Mikulski - Sept. 24, 2013

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown received a pair of major endorsements in his bid for the governor’s office earlier this week when Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski made her support public on Sunday, Sept. 23 at a campaign rally in Silver Spring and Congressman John Sarbanes followed suit Monday with his own announcement. Mikulski and Sarbanes are… Read More

Gansler Releases Twitter Video Before Announcement

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler released a gubernatorial campaign video via Twitter on Thursday, Sept. 19, ahead of his official announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 24. His challengers include Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and running mate Ken Ulman, who currently serves as Howard County Executive, and state delegate Heather Mizeur, a democrat who represents the 20th… Read More