Ethiopians Press Their Case for Aliyah

Ethiopians Gezahegen Derebe (left) and Demoz Deboch, who have their hopes set on immigrating to Israel, speak in Washington. (photo by Jared Feldschreiber)

Gezahegen Derebe and Demoz Deboch, Ethiopian Jews in their 20s, came to Washington, D.C., earlier this month hoping to press the Israeli  government into action. They are among 9,000 Ethiopian Jews known as Falash Mura who are caught in what the Israeli government says is a budget crunch that is preventing them from making aliyah…. Read More

Wage Dispute Will the city be at a disadvantage if it raises minimum wage to $15?


Larry Brenner prepared for the worst when Baltimore officials announced two years ago they would gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated Konstant’s, a stand in Lexington Market, and raises doubts about the ramfications additional increases could have on his… Read More

City Fires Alleged Neo-Nazi Lawyer


A lawyer for Baltimore had his contract terminated by the city Aug. 18 after it was discovered he had neo-Nazi connections. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the city fired Glen Keith Allen, 65, an independent contractor who defended Baltimore police in civil litigation against misconduct allegations starting this past February. The Southern Poverty… Read More

Baltimoreans Bond with Israel via Cummings Youth Program


A dozen rising high school seniors, dressed smartly in suits and dresses, listened closely on Aug. 17 at the Park Heights JCC as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings delivered a speech celebrating their return from Israel. “This gives me a chance to touch the future, a future that I will never see,” Cummings said. “But I… Read More

Despite Setback, Clarke Confident $15 Minimum Wage Will Pass

Members of the press and community attend a city council meeting in which a $15 minimum wage was discussed. (Justin Silberman)

The fate of Baltimore’s lowest-paid workers remains uncertain after the city council voted on Monday to send a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 back to committee. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-District 14), the bill’s chief sponsor, called for the measure to be pushed back to December,… Read More

Organizations Troubled By DOJ Report on Baltimore Police

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake say they are committed to reforming the police department. (File photo)

The findings of a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, which revealed a number of practices that violate the Constitution and federal law, was called troubling by a number of organizations, but none were surprised. The report, released on Aug. 10, showed that the Baltimore Police Department “engages… Read More

Protesters Link Justice for Black Americans, Palestinians

IfNotNow protesters hold a large banner with their message in an  attempt to attract the attention of people walking into the building that houses the American Jewish Committee. (Justin Katz)

A group advocating that American Jewry end its support of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank staged a protest of the mainstream Jewish community’s rejection of the Black Lives Matters policy platform in front of a major Jewish organization’s local office. Fifty members of IfNotNow rallied at McPherson Square and headed north, singing “Olam Chesed… Read More

The Susiya Shuffle

The Palestinian village of Susiya is in the southern Hebron hills of Judea, part of the land known to many as the West Bank. The village is home to 300 people. Israel says that the residents built their homes without permits, and so the structures are eligible for demolition. The residents say that Israel’s Supreme… Read More

Kohelet Prize to Reward Innovative Day School Teachers

In late September, the Kohelet Foundation will begin accepting entries for the Kohelet Prize — six $36,000 awards to be distributed among Jewish educators or teams of educators for what the organization is calling “Excellence in Progressive Jewish Education.” “We know there are incredible, creative and highly effective teachers doing this work in the field… Read More