Eliminated! OU Advocacy closes its Maryland office

There is no one staffing the Orthodox Union’s Maryland Advocacy office now that the new legislative session in Annapolis is underway. The position of regional director, the organization’s only full-time staff position dedicated to Maryland issues, was eliminated Dec. 31. Maury Litwack, director of state political affairs for OU Advocacy Center, confirmed no one has… Read More

One-Upmanship Candidates seek more than votes with pro-Israel pandering

Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) put forward legislation last week to force the current administration to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bill has little chance of getting through Congress, but it’s yet another example of a presidential candidate, in this case Cruz, loudly proclaiming… Read More

Howard County Maintains Status Quo for Jewish Holidays

Following more than an hour of discussion on Jan. 14, the Howard County Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose’s recommendation to maintain the  decision to close schools on the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the 2016-2017 school year. Following a motion by board members Bess Altwerger and Dr…. Read More

HoCo Synagogue Announces Morss Scholarship

Columbia Jewish Congregation has announced the Lester Robert Morss Scholarship, named after a former member. The scholarship, at $500, will be awarded to two students each cycle that wish to pursue an established  academic program in Israel or complete a service project with an established Jewish organization. Applicants must currently be high school or college… Read More

‘Wires Down,’ Heads Held High Krieger Schechter wins BGE video contest

Students at Krieger Schechter Day School were treated to a surprise at the end of a Jan. 14 school assembly, when Baltimore Gas and Electric COO and president Stephen Woerner announced that the school’s fourth-grade class won the company’s “Wires Down” video contest. “The ‘Wires down’ video contest is all about reintroducing a very effective… Read More

A Danger Not in Plain Sight Local leaders discuss Anne Arundel County’s human-trafficking epidemic

Leaders from across Anne Arundel County — and Maryland — gathered at Congregation Kneseth Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for a discussion on how to combat human trafficking in the state. The forum was sponsored by the Maryland League of Women Voters and the Annapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, among other… Read More

Make Way For Millennials America’s youngest politicians eligible for presidency

The oldest members of the millennial generation are turning 35 this year, making them eligible for the highest seat in the land. While we may not hear “Hail to the Chief” as the intro for a millennial president this election cycle, 2016 is the last presidential contest in which America’s largest generation will be forced… Read More

Howard County Board of Education Decision Maintains status quo for Jewish High Holidays

Following more than an hour of discussion Thursday, the Howard County Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose’s recommendation to maintain the decision to close schools on the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the 2016-2017 school year. Following a motion by board members Bess Altwerger and Dr. Janet Siddiqui,… Read More