Gansler Looks Ahead


On June 25, calls started pouring in to Doug Gansler’s office with job offers. Maryland’s attorney general didn’t need to use a head hunter to get about 60 propositions, which came from firms of all sizes, from small practices to multinational firms with thousands of lawyers. After losing the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Lt. Gov…. Read More

Har Nof: ‘Scenic’ Home to Families, Learners

Standing above the western approach to Jerusalem, the neighborhood of Har Nof lies far from the Israel capital’s center. In English, Har Nof means “scenic mountain,” a nod to the hills on which the neighborhood sits. Home to a large number of yeshivas and seminaries, it is known for its haredi Orthodox population and was… Read More

Right-Wing Secessionist Wins Council Seat

He was denounced by Governor-elect Larry Hogan; he was asked by several members of the GOP to break ties with a secessionist organization that has been labeled as a neo-Confederate hate group; he sang “Dixie” at a Southern secessionist conference; and he believes the word of God and the Bible should guide civil law. And… Read More

New Life for Old Jewish Landmark


Baltimore historic preservationists and those hoping to improve the lives of some of the city’s poorest residents were pleased by the recent news that the Hebrew Orphan Asylum building in West Baltimore would soon be refurbished and put to good use. The building, believed to be the oldest existing Jewish orphanage in the country, was… Read More

Proposed Development on JCC Property Sparks Concern


A proposed 56-home development to be built on vacant land in the confines of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC campus has generated concerns among neighbors and community organizations that would rather the see land preserved than developed. While Worthington Park residents, some of whom will be 300 feet from the development, are concerned about home… Read More

‘Meeting People Where They Are’


Ever since last year’s Pew Report on American Jewish life offered a sobering assessment on young Jews’ affinity for Jewish communal institutions and causes, the question of how best to attract and retain the young has taken on a new sense of urgency among communal leaders. That focus toward youth engagement and retention was on… Read More

What’s Next?


Amid surveys and studies suggesting North American Jewry may be a culture in decline, more than 3,000 Jewish leaders from all over the globe gathered near Washington, D.C., this week for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, hoping to stem the tide of anti-Semitism, disengagement and political disagreement. While the three-day event, which… Read More

Budget Watch


Are government programs aimed at helping Maryland’s most needy in danger following the gubernatorial victory of Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a platform of reducing taxes and has a constitutional mandate to balance the state budget? Although entitlement programs are often the first ones on the chopping block when an administration aims to tighten… Read More

What’s in a Name?


JERUSALEM — It doesn’t have a name, so what do you call it? And if you can’t name it, how do you deal with it? There’s no question “it” is happening, the evidence overwhelming. What started with stone throwing after the murder of 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2 has been increasing exponentially,… Read More

Biden Pledges Continued Support for Israel


Among the many personal connections Vice President Joe Biden has made in the Jewish community, he holds that of Elie Wiesel close to his heart. The Holocaust survivor, author, activist and professor said something that has stuck with Biden for a long time. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel told Biden, who recalled… Read More