Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Advances

A large number of Baltimore City residents attended the city council meeting on Monday, during which a preliminary vote for a $15  minimum wage was held. (Justin Silberman)

In a vote that drew thunderous applause from low-wage workers inside and outside City Hall, the Baltimore City Council on Monday advanced a bill that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The council voted 7-4 to give preliminary approval to gradually raise the rate from the state’s current minimum of $8.75… Read More

Joseph Named Senior Rabbi at Har Sinai

Rabbi Linda Joseph (Provided photo)

In its 175th year, the  nation’s oldest continuous  Reform congregation will be under the leadership of a woman who has deep roots in the movement. Har Sinai Congregation’s new senior rabbi, Linda Joseph, has lived and breathed Reform Judaism since her youth group days. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Joseph grew up in a community similar… Read More

Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform

Sabrina Sojourner (Provided)

Sabrina Sojourner said she was “dismayed and heartbroken” when the Black Lives Matter movement released a platform in which it referred to Israel as an “apartheid state” in its support for the Palestinians. According to the platform: “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit… Read More

Community at Odds Proposed zoning changes at Hidden Waters, Woodholme could mean higher-density housing


A groundswell of community opposition to proposed zoning changes in Baltimore County has led to spirited standoffs between a country club that is a longtime community  staple and surrounding residents, as well as a developer and nearby residents. As representatives from Woodholme Country Club and Bozzuto Homes — the developer that aims to build on… Read More

Ellicott City Eyes Future with Optimism


“We’ll be back.” Those were the first words out of Ellicott City local Len Berkowitz’s mouth when asked about the damage to Great Panes, his Main Street art glass business. “We’ve been here for 37 years and I don’t intend to end on an odd number,” he shared while sitting on the curb since benches… Read More

Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew


Wednesday, Aug. 3 saw the passing of one of the most influential figures ever to grace Baltimore — lawyer, philanthropist and art collector LeRoy “Roy” Hoffberger. He was 91. Hoffberger was born in 1925 into a family that made fortunes in manufacturing and distributing ice, coal and fuel oil. He was raised surrounded by real… Read More

BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel


The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More

Aly Raisman Earns Spot in Individual All-Around Finals in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07:  Alexandra Raisman of the United States reacts after competing on the uneven bars during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio. Raisman took the second spot for the American women ahead of all-around defending gold medalist Gabby Douglas and behind three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. The American women’s gymnastics team came in first place in… Read More

Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note

Former President Bill  Clinton, wearing a button that says "Hillary" in  Hebrew, shares some thoughts with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vlsack at the 2016 Democratic  National Convention in Philadelphia. (Ron Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom)

The delegates have left, the thousands of balloons have been popped and the traffic has subsided (sort of). Now that the Democratic National Convention has ended, some still feel left out. Specifically: Where were the Jewish or Israeli shout-outs? There were bits and scraps of Jewish phrases thrown into speeches, but even less talk of… Read More