Stories Connect Us All

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“When you hear other people’s stories, you realize how unique each person and group is and what we all have in common. When we’re able to walk in each other’s shoes, even for a few minutes, a stranger becomes a friend,” said Susan O’Halloran, organizer of an online storytelling festival, Stories Connect Us All. Identifying… Read More

UMD, Morgan State Receive Federal Transportation Research Grant

The University of Maryland and Morgan State University are two of seven universities that will split a $2.8 million transit research grant, Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced last week. The Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration grant, for $2,828,200, will fund research into solutions that focus on economic competitiveness. Primarily, 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

Mayor, Police Commissioner Address City Crime

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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… Read More

Jewish Christian?!

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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… Read More

Iranian Spy Captured In Israel

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran, Ali Mansuri,  was arrested on September 11, 2013.

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran was arrested on September 11th 2013 in Tel Aviv, this according to a statement released by Israel’s General Security Service (GSS). The man, named Alex Menes, aged 55, was arrested as he tried to leave Israel via Ben Gurian airport. In his interrogation it became apparent that he is… Read More

‘Ballots, Babies and Banners of Peace’

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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… Read More

An Address In 21117

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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… Read More

Peach Pickin’ Good

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The Jewish Federation of Howard County helped kick off a sweet year for its PJ Library families. On Sept. 15, the PJ families picked peaches and other harvest fruits at Larriland Farm. The mouth-watering day came just in time for the Sukkot holiday. Yum! PJ Library Howard County was launched last year to serve the… Read More

Reconnect With the People

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The story of the Jews of the Former Soviet Union is an evolving one. It’s a story of suffering and distress, a story of incredible challenges — many of which were forfeited, equally as many of which were overcome. But mostly it is the story of a modern miracle. Twenty-five years after Operation Exodus —… Read More