Maryland Legislators Tackle Paid Sick Leave

Jeffrey Rubin counts himself among the fortunate who have benefited from paid and family sick leave. As a doctor at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, he was afforded those benefits at a time he was caring for his sick father. Rubin, 64, of Potomac, used that time to find his father a well-qualified… Read More

Children’s Book Packs Powerful Message

Reisterstown resident Larry Lichtenauer said his recently published second book, “The Kid with the Secret Weapons,” “is about how kids, particularly middle schoolers, can succeed at life.” He chose to focus on middle school, as it can be a most difficult time — bodies are changing, social concerns are especially important and children are beginning… Read More

Baltimore Natives Moved by Trip to Poland

While most college students went home for the holidays over winter break, one group of students instead took a trip through Jewish history in Poland. A group of students, including a handful from the Baltimore area, from 17 colleges around the country traveled to Poland for a weeklong trip through the organization MEOR. The six-day… Read More

Fundraising Extends Free Bus Rides for Baltimore City Students

As a student with a 4.0 grade point average at City Neighbors High School who also happens to be a star on the school’s basketball team, Raekwon Redding has enough on his mind. Finding a ride home proved to be as big an obstacle as Redding faced in the classroom or on the court after… Read More

Soldiering On Love for Israel and its people draws locals to Israel Defense Forces

Just their first week on the job and Gil Kuttler’s friends were run over by a terrorist. As newly minted soldiers, the potential for terrorism and violence — in general, if not the specifics of a collision with a car — comes with the territory. Just maybe not quite so early. Gil and his friends… Read More

Larry Ziffer to Step Down from CJE

Rabbi Larry Ziffer, chief executive officer of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education, plans to step down from his position sometime in June after 15 years with the organization. Ziffer, 65, said this is the right time to leave because he is “ready to step into a new phase” of… Read More

David Simon-Organized Pro-Immigrant Rally Draws Sold-Out Crowd to Beth Am

The sold-out City of Immigrants rally organized by “The Wire” creator David Simon filled Beth Am Synagogue Monday night and raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and national nonprofits who work on behalf of immigrants. The event was also livestreamed by The Washington Post, the Facebook video of which had more than 75,000… Read More

Baking for Buses

Concerned parents, students and Baltimore City Council members gathered at Frederick Douglass High School on Feb. 2 for a bake sale to raise funds for students affected by changes the Maryland Transit Administration and Baltimore City Public Schools made to the bus schedule that cut the evening hours students can ride for free by two… Read More

Gordon Center to Feature Dance in ‘Take a Leap’ Month

February is dance month at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts for the fourth year running, and first up is a performance by Ariel Rivka Dance on Feb. 12. The Gordon Center is partnering with the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences for this year’s “Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration,” happening throughout… Read More

C-Rye-Baby at the Senator

Union Craft Brewing, Clark Burger and the Senator Theatre are teaming up for a revival screening of John Waters’ immortal modern classic “Cry-Baby” on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. The event is set as a kick-off celebration for the release of Union’s winter seasonal Rye-Baby IPA that will be available in a can for… Read More