Living Life Out Loud

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Michelle Shaivitz is a doer. She is a mother, wife and community activist who attacks problems with passion. “I am a huge believer in don’t complain about anything unless you’re willing to do something about it,” she said. “I have a lot of sayings that I live by, most of which, I stick them around… Read More

A Walk with Purpose

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At first, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland was a place for Owings Mills residents Rose and Jeffrey Karlan to find resources and support, as their newborn son, Harrison, underwent dialysis for two nonfunctioning kidneys beginning three days into his life. In a short period of time, the foundation became a source of comfort and… Read More

McDaniel College Offers Free Tax Help

Accounting professor Susan Milstein helps students and a client with a simple tax return at McDaniel College’s free tax assistance program. (Marc Shapiro)

On a recent Thursday night in a computer lab at McDaniel College in Westminster, local clients were getting their tax returns done a few weeks ahead of the April 15 deadline. But this was no accounting firm, this was the college’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in which students, who spend three Saturdays… Read More

Public Information Reform Moving Through House

Maryland lawmakers may soon pass a bill that amends the Maryland Public Information Act to create more oversight and further define the process by which the public can access public records. House Bill 755, sponsored by Del. Bonnie Cullison (D-District 19), is currently in the House Health and Government Operations Committee and should soon head… Read More

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Gabriel Scheinmann (Provided)

Alan Garten traveled to the campus of Goucher College last week with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its most current incarnation. He walked away feeling more hopeful than ever. “I think it’s the only viable solution to keep Israel as a democratic and Jewish state,” he said of… Read More

Parenting in the 21st Century

Lisa Ferentz speaks to a group of mothers at the Community Parent 
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Are you a tiger mom? A free-range parent? How do you deal with cyber-bullying? Is it ever OK to snoop through your child’s social-media accounts? These questions, so foreign just two decades ago, are regularly faced by today’s parents, who as a result of the unique challenges of raising this generation of children and teenagers… Read More

Did They or Didn’t They? Allegations of Israeli spying put cloud over Iran deadline

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) sits with President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office in March 2014. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Experts on intelligence matters in the United States are brushing off last week’s allegations from anonymous Obama administration sources alleging Israeli espionage concerning the multilateral nuclear negotiations. Scholars such as Michael Makovsky at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) dismissed the allegations, first published in The Wall Street Journal, and accusations that Israel… Read More

Jewish Museum Tackles Egyptian Afterlife

With their elaborate tombs filled with amulets, jewelry, food and cosmetics, the Egyptians certainly did not pack light for the afterlife. In a one-hour lecture titled “What the Ancient Egyptians Took with Them — and Why,” Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University gave insight into the ancient Egyptians thoughts on death for a packed audience… Read More

Changing the Way We Teach Students learn there’s no one way to be pro-Israel

From left: Joseph Gelula, Noah Green and Barak Widawsky. Being pro-Israel means “I want Israel to exist,” Gelula said. ( David Holzel)

You would be hard-pressed a decade ago to find any mainstream Jewish organization including Palestinian narratives as part of its Israel education efforts. And yet, those perspectives are an integral part of the Israel Engagement Fellowship, a seminar sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington…. Read More

Shomrim Seeking to Raise $20K After Apartment Fire

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Shomrim of Baltimore is trying to raise $20,000 after the apartment building housing the organization’s informal headquarters was condemned following a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning. Spokesman Nathan Willner said the apartment at the Green Acres complex, located at 3607 Fallstaff Road, “was sort of like an office” and the organization stored supplies such as jackets,… Read More