Baltimore Jewish Council Names Howard Libit New Executive Director Libit to take position in May

The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at a board… Read More

‘Scandalous’ Climate activists welcome deal but rap Israel for ‘minimalist’ commitments

TEL AVIV — During last week’s climate summit outside Paris, the 195 delegate countries — including Israel — committed to implementing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving their goals every five years. The aim: Keep Earth from warming more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century. “This demands international… Read More

‘There’s an Urgency’ Former Maryland attorney general to lead Pennsylvania’s ‘porngate’ investigation

A Washington, D.C. law firm has been officially contracted to pore over thousands of emails on Pennsylvania state servers as part of an independent investigation into a scandal locally dubbed as “porngate.” The final signature needed on the contract between the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and BuckleySandler LLP was added on Dec. 10, and… Read More

A Chanukah of Chizuk Proportions

Anyone who has been to Chizuk Amuno Congregation knows that there are only two options for parties in Krieger Auditorium: go big — or go even bigger — and that’s what congregants, alongside friends from Beth El Congregation, did during its recent Chanukah celebration that attracted hundreds of attendees. Despite the room being large enough… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Names Program Director

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has named Rafi M. Rone as its program director. “Rafi brings more than 20 years of experience in community relations and community development to this new position at the Foundation,” said Rachel Garbow Monroe, CEO and president of the Weinberg Foundation, in a written statement. “He is a highly… Read More

Sanders Comes to Town Presidential hopeful takes a tour of Sandtown-Winchester

Baltimore’s Millenial population could be seen and heard during a visit on Dec. 8 by Vermont Democrat and 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders toured the city’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood to the chant of “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray,” which served as a reminder of the emotional wounds that remain… Read More

From Squad Car to Synagogue Local cantor builds bridges between law enforcement and community

It was July 1987. Michael Shochet was a young police officer working the midnight shift in Baltimore City. A signal 13 came across the radio. An off-duty officer needed backup. Soon after Shochet and his fellow officers arrived at the 1100 block of Abbott Court, shots rang out. Officer Tom Martini was shot through his… Read More

Baltimore Residents Protest and Call for Reform After Porter Mistrial

Dozens of police officers stood on corners on Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore just after a mistrial was announced Wednesday afternoon in the case of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of the six officers who face various charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Blocks away, other officers stood behind barricades in front… Read More