Changes in Franklin Music Program Spark Concern, Some Hope

Due to stagnant and declining enrollment, Franklin High School is restructuring its music offerings. (istockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages)

As Franklin High School’s administration grapples with how to best utilize a finite staff in a school with a diversity of interests, the school’s music community faces an uncertain future as it fights to keep certain classes from the chopping block. Initially, jazz band, symphonic band — an honors-level band — lower level piano and… Read More

Sanders’ Jewish Roots So Far Have Been a Quiet Issue in Campaign

With his victory in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish American to win  a primary. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images))

Should Maryland voters have a say in the April 26 Democratic primary, American University political scientist David Lublin thinks that despite the state’s large Jewish population, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Jewish heritage will not have much of  an effect. Lubin thinks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will still emerge victorious, because Maryland has a… Read More

How Justice Scalia’s Death Impacts 6 Cases that Matter to Jews

Justice Antonin Scalia (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — With the sudden passing this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on a raft of cases — including several watched by Jewish organizations. Scalia, who was 79, is being mourned by Orthodox Jewish groups, which… Read More

French Jews Struggling to Find Work in Israel

Catherine Berdah, pictured here with her husband and daughters at their apartment in Raanana, Israel, went from making $6,000 a month as a pharmacist to $6 an hour as a cashier. (Photo: Cnaan Liphshiz)

Raanana, Israel — Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris. A 50-year-old pharmacist with a master’s degree in business and decades of experience, Berdah earned over $6,000 per month and presided over an expanding business with 14… Read More

Art with a Heart Names Friedman President

Alyson Friedman has been elected president of the board of directors for Art with a Heart, a 15-year-old Baltimore-based nonprofit that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people in need through the use of visual art. Friedman has been a member of the board since 2011. Art with the Heart achieves its mission through… Read More

Associated Honored by Israel Bonds

On Jan. 31, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore became the first federation to be presented with Israel Bonds’ Israel68 Commemorative Medallion Award. The award was presented to The Associated in recognition of its work in the greater Baltimore Jewish community as well as Israel, where it has a sister- city relationship with Ashkelon… Read More

Harbour School Honored

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The Harbour School has been recognized as a Lead2Feed Certified School. Only 10 schools and youth organizations have received this honor. Harbour was recognized for inspiring community service and its demonstration of student leadership. Through the efforts of Harbour students and staff, students have performed thousands of hours of community service working toward alleviating hunger… Read More

Baltimore Native Wins with Perfect Pitch

Justin Hayet and Haley Silverstein pitch their conference idea at the First Annual Campus Pitch Competition at WeWork. (photo provided)

Baltimore native and pro-Israel activist Justin Hayet, 21, and his partner, Haley Silverstein, won $2,500 at the First Annual Campus Pitch Competition at WeWork, held by the World Jewish Congress and Israeli Consulate in New York. The competition challenged students to pitch an initiative concerning Israel, anti-Semitism or interfaith relations to a panel of judges… Read More