Hogan Announces More Officials

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Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has announced four senior officials who will join his administration when he takes office on Jan. 21. The appointments, announced last week, include Al Redmer Jr. as Maryland Insurance Commissioner, Stephen Moyer as Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, George W. Owings III as Secretary of the Department… Read More

The Buzz on Drones

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Like small buzzing, flying pests, drones seem to be everywhere these days: a technology waiting for mass acceptance by filling newspaper columns, YouTube videos and the nightmares of those Americans who see them as a privacy and safety disaster waiting to happen. They’ve been touted as the answer for jobs that are too dirty and… Read More

Opinions Divided on Subminimum Wage

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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

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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

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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

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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