Scenes from Philadelphia with the DNC in Town

Photo by Liz Spikol

With the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, all sorts of visitors descended on Philadelphia, particularly in Center City. Protesters, almost all of them carrying some kind of Bernie Sanders paraphernalia, gathered in the City Hall courtyard and spilled out into Dilworth Park, where kids frolicked in the fountains. Assorted other politicos,… Read More

Debra Messing Shares Why She Supports Hillary Clinton

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Actress Debra Messing stopped by Philadelphia on July 20 at the Hillary for America headquarters in Center City to raise awareness for the candidate she supports — and believes the rest of the country should get behind. Messing, most well known for her iconic, ahead-of-its-time role in the sitcom “Will and Grace” — and, more… Read More

AJC Diplomatic Reception Promotes International Interest in Israel

The first thing to know about the American Jewish Committee is that it single-mindedly focuses on Jews and Israel. This week, the AJC was in Philadelphia, just as last week it was in Cleveland. Not for Democrats and Hillary. Not for Republicans and Trump. It’s here simply to promote the cause of Judaism and the… Read More

Jewish Groups Hold Events to Counter Inflamed Rhetoric

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Two Jewish organizations held events this week — the week of the Democratic National Convention — addressing the issue of hate speech and inflamed political rhetoric. Bend the Arc Jewish Action held a reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History called “To Bigotry No Sanction: The 21st century Jewish movement for justice in… Read More

Sanders Supporters Showed Up in Droves to Protest DNC

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City Hall was a hotbed for those protesting the Democratic National Convention and, even more so, the candidate the convention was officially nominating. Starting as early as 10 a.m. on Monday — the first day of the convention — protesters showed up to voice their support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Throughout the day, there… Read More

Let’s Keep it Civil

Editorial Director

Watching the proceedings of the Republican National Convention last week and this week’s Democratic National Convention, I couldn’t help but notice that each party viscerally understands — well, their leadership, at least — that come November, unity is going to figure prominently in who ends up winning the White House. That’s why Texas Sen. Ted… Read More

Baltimore Hebrew Hosts Pride Interfaith Night

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Baltimore Hebrew Congregation became a refuge for many Baltimore residents on the night of July 21, when it hosted this year’s Baltimore Pride Interfaith Celebration, a gathering of clergy and audience from different faith communities across the area. The night’s theme was “Evolving Reciprocity: Stories of Giving and Receiving.” One of the evening’s moderators, Bill… Read More

Trump Call for Russian Spying Causes Stir at AJC Event

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The theft by suspected Russian agents of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, leading to the abrupt departure of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chairwoman after the release of 30,000 of those emails by WikiLeaks, was bound to continue to earn headlines on Wednesday. But as Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention in… Read More

Wasserman-Schultz Resigns from DNC Chair Post

When the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in Philadelphia, it will be without one of the party’s key leaders. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) resigned her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee Sunday. Her term was scheduled to end next year. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals… Read More

Mid-Atlantic Media Staffers Among Rockower Award Winners

“The Whole World is Seeing This.”

Mid-Atlantic Media will add to its list of publishing honors at the 35th annual Simon Rockower Awards banquet, scheduled for Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C., as part of the American Jewish Press Association’s 2016 annual conference. Baltimore Jewish Times managing editor Marc Shapiro and former JT senior reporter Melissa Gerr were awarded first place for… Read More