Opinions Divided on Subminimum Wage


Advocates and employers of disabled individuals are divided on a section of federal law that allows certified agencies to employ those with disabilities below minimum wage. Some want the program phased out, some would like to see increased oversight and program improvements, while others simply want the issue studied further. The Fair Labor Standards Act,… Read More

Deaf Patron Launches Lawsuit


When Baltimore resident Jessica Gill contacted the Hippodrome Theatre in January, she hoped that by December the venue could come up with a plan to accommodate her hearing impairment so that she could see “Newsies.” But after months of emails, when opening night came on Dec. 2, no such accommodations had been made. Gill has… Read More

Israeli Families Brought Together for Final Night of Chanukah


Dreidels spun, candles glowed and stories captured the imaginations of young children, as Israeli families joined together to celebrate the final night of Chanukah. The party, co-sponsored by The Macks Center for Jewish Education, the Israeli-American Council, and BioAbroad, attracted 120 adults and children to the community room at the Park Heights JCC on Dec…. Read More

Seeing the Light

This aerial view shows the damage of a December 2014 oil leak in the Arava area of southern Israel, near where the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative is 
underway to reduce the world's reliance on petroleum.

TEL AVIV — In the sun-parched fields near where the largest oil spill in Israeli history poured millions of liters of crude oil into the desert on Dec. 4, an ambitious effort is underway to help reduce global dependency on petroleum for energy. Known as the Eilot Belt, the area is the site of Israel’s… Read More

On the Front Lines

University of Virginia students Pierce Eggan, Madison Orlow (center) and Patricia Garvey (right) participate in volunteer work on their campus.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia. That’s because organizations such as Hillel and historically Jewish Greek houses such as Alpha Epsilon Pi, Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Delta Tau had been having the… Read More

Israeli Youth Movement

A student village built by Ayalim in the embattled town of Sderot will house 300 students next year.

LOD, Israel — He says he’s a leader of a “Zionist settlement” movement, but Raz Sofer’s home is no West Bank outpost. Sofer, 25, is the manager of a 100-member student village in this mixed Jewish-Arab city in central Israel. The village, comprised of several apartment complexes, offers students cheap rent in exchange for volunteer… Read More

‘Clear Choice’

For the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization J Street, the upcoming Israeli election is a moment of “clear choice.” Either Israelis will elect leadership that puts the Jewish state on the path of isolation and violence, say the group’s activists, or on a path toward a two-state solution that maintains both the Jewish and democratic natures… Read More

Bolton Street Sues Evergreen Association

Bolton Street Synagogue in Baltimore is suing the Evergreen Community Association over the synagogue’s future plans for an educational facility in the neighborhood. According to court documents filed on Nov. 10, two years after the synagogue purchased property at 212 W. Cold Spring Lane in October 2000, it signed an agreement with the neighborhood association… Read More

Gross to Receive $3.2 Million from Federal Government


Alan Gross will receive $3.2 million from the federal government to cover expenses he incurred during his five years in a Cuban prison. The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Dec. 23 that it would pay the money under a contractual agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, USAID will make payment directly to Gross,… Read More

Sephardic Vogue


ROTA, Spain — While setting up a synagogue at the American naval base where she works, Ahuvah (Amanda) Gipson made something of a bitter-sweet discovery. Rifling through a storage area at the sprawling American-Spanish military complex Naval Station Rota in 2012, Gipson, a former naval outreach professional who now teaches off base, found three dusty… Read More