The Power of One

The Aleph Learning Institute is bringing in some heavy hitters for its Nov. 10 gala event. According to the organization’s founder and director, Rochelle Kaplan of Chabad-Lubavitch of Maryland, constitutional lawyer Nathan Lewin will deliver the keynote address at “Powering for Success: The Power of One,” while sports agent and author Ronald Shapiro will serve… Read More

Freundel Had Planned More Student Tours

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A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue this semester. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is… Read More

Coming Together

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While the threat of the so-called Islamic State, the spread of Ebola and the march toward Election Day takes up most of the current political discourse, lawyers, activists, religious leaders and government officials gathered at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC last Friday to discuss an issue that gained momentum over the summer but then faded… Read More

Just Like Adam and Eve

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TEL AVIV — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant Nanuchka, saw a television news… Read More

‘Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue’

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Most of us first hear this title phrase in the book of Deuteronomy. No words better capture the work I have strived to do as a legislator in the Maryland General Assembly or the legacy I hope to leave as your next attorney general. As a child, I watched my father stand up to Joe… Read More

Cardin, Franchot Endorse Jalisi

This time, the endorsements are real. Unlike a flurry of so-called endorsements of District 10 delegate candidate Hasan “Jay” Jalisi in the days leading up to the June 24 Democratic primary that were quickly denied by the politicians supposedly making them, high-ranking officials are now backing the Democrat despite lingering questions over his residency. Jalisi’s… Read More

Freundel Planned to Take More Female Towson Students on Tour

Rabbi Barry Freundel (Courtesy Towson University)

A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student… Read More

Testing Your Knowledge

NewsUp founders Andrew Schuster (left) and Coleman Anderson.
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At a time when statistics say young people are less aware of current events than perhaps ever before, the founders of Baltimore-based NewsUp think they have the solution. Years ago, brothers Andrew and Jason Schuster, along with their friend Coleman Anderson, wanted to start a news outlet that millennials could relate to. Last month, they… Read More

A Real Dog Fight

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland claims Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has policies and practices that aim to undermine the shelter’s public accountability. In a statement, the ACLU raised concerns about the shelter, which is in Baldwin in northern Baltimore County, preventing volunteers and members of the public from documenting and speaking out… Read More

PJ Our Way Launches in Baltimore

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Pizza, bowling and books. Sounds like the perfect recipe. PJ Library, a national program that provides free books with Jewish content to families, is launching its PJ Our Way Program in Baltimore. With more than 200 programs across the country, PJ Library handpicked Baltimore as one of 10 pilot cities to begin its new initiative for… Read More