Senate Sponsor Withdraws End-of-Life Option Act

The state Senate sponsor of a bill that would have allowed terminally ill individuals to obtain a prescription to end their lives has withdrawn the bill, effectively killing the legislation in this year’s Maryland General Assembly. Sen. Ronald Young, a Frederick County Democrat, withdrew the Senate version of the End-of-Life Option Act, saying it did… Read More

You Should Know … Lauren Kashan

Lauren Kashan (Justin Katz)

Lauren Kashan, a native of Owings Mills, loved dinosaurs so much as a kid that she dreamed of working with them someday. But given the  dinosaurs’ long-ago demise, she discovered a love for some of their closest relatives and launched a satisfying career working with reptiles and amphibians. Kashan gets to fulfill this dream with… Read More

Past Presence Baltimore’s ‘Jewish’ architecture remains testament to character, conviction, mobility of its people

Former Temple Oheb Shalom (Eutaw Place Temple) has been home to Maryland Prince Hall Masons since 1960. (Melissa Gerr)

First of two parts   To reflect on some of Jewish Baltimore’s architecture is to walk a path through its past. Whether the desired outcome was to culturally assimilate or stay true to faith, to differentiate from other immigrants or simply to embrace the modern, Jews have fervently proclaimed their identity and maintained a strong… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

Pew Research released a study of Israeli’s attitudes, which show that a majority of Israelis agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of  Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes,  released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Gardner Aims to Take Her Experience to the Next Level

Betsy Gardner (provided)

The mayor’s race won’t be the only hotly contested election this season. While a large pool of candidates hope to shape Baltimore’s future as the city’s top elected official, others are vying for City Council seats in crowded races. Betsy Gardner, who currently serves as the neighborhood liaison for the 5th and 6th City Council… Read More

Sharansky Headlines Dahan Lecture

Natan Sharansky (center) with Morty Macks (left) and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg at Beth Tfiloh in 1986 (Beth Tfiloh Congregation)

Natan Sharansky, one of Israel’s most celebrated citizens and politicians, will make a return to Beth Tfiloh Congregation after 30 years to discuss how Israel’s relationship with the world Jewish community has evolved. Sharansky, chairman of the executive for the Jewish Agency for Israel and former member of the Israeli government, comes to Baltimore on… Read More

Pew Finding on Expulsion of Israeli Arabs Prompts Sharp Reactions

TEL AVIV — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: Nearly half of Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes, released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Forty-eight percent of… Read More

Jewish Roots Inspire Security Executive’s Business

Michael Rogers, CEO of Securityhunter, has turned his business into one of the country’s top 20 security dealers. (Michael Rogers: Provided)

Michael Rogers initially  attended Cornell University to become a veterinarian; that didn’t go as planned, so he switched to business. The business he started took inspiration from his childhood. “When you grow up as a Jew in the Bronx, you see guys with tattoos on their arms from Auschwitz,” Rogers told Inc. 5000 in 2014…. Read More

Lithuania Looks to Boost Tourism from Diaspora Despite Its Past

Lithuanian state tourism director Jurgita Kazlauskiene (left) gives  a presentation on Jewish historical sites at the Lithuanian Embassy  in Washington. (Daniel Schere)

Seven decades after the end of World War II, Lithuania is still struggling with the role it played in the Holocaust. German Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators killed more than 90 percent of Lithuania’s prewar Jewish population of more than 200,000. Last month, a group of Lithuanian Jews  demanded the government  release the list of… Read More

J Street Popping Up in Role Traditionally Played by NJDC

When Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks takes the stage in Las Vegas next week to debate foreign affairs, his opponent will not be a heavyweight from the National Jewish Democratic Council, the RJC’s opposite number. Stepping onto the stage at Temple Beth Shalom will be Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of the liberal pro-Israel J… Read More