Seeking Justice in Gaza Funds Cases

First came the news that the Gaza head of World Vision, a Christian charity, was  accused of funneling millions of the organization’s dollars to Hamas. Then came the announcement that Israel charged a United Nations humanitarian aid worker with assisting Hamas by redirecting his work from rehabilitating housing to building a military naval facility. These… Read More

The Mall Comes Down Now just an eyesore, the once-glitzy Owings Mills Mall is being demolished to make way for redevelopment

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When it opened in 1986, the Owings Mills Fashion Mall (as it was called then) was touted as “the cornerstone of one of the biggest building boons on the East Coast,” WJZ’s Frank Luber reported. “Tres chic, that’s probably the one phrase that describes the new mall in Owings Mills,” another report said. Champagne toasts… Read More

Closed Doors for Israel Aid Package

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A 10-year defense deal  between the United States and Israel, reported to be nearing completion, is being  negotiated behind closed doors, giving rise to speculation about its details. Reports say that the agreement, known as the memorandum of understanding, will be worth roughly $3.7 billion per year in military aid to  Israel. The current memorandum… Read More

Jewish-Run Businesses Awarded Medical Cannabis Licenses

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After being inundated with applications from those hoping to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission revealed its 15 grower selections and 15 processor selections on Monday. While a large step forward in a program that has been fraught with delays, these preapprovals means the companies… Read More

Elsewhere in Owings Mills …

The Metro Centre at Owings Mills (Photo by David Stuck)

As the Owings Mills Mall is destroyed so the area can be repurposed, the Metro Centre at  Owings Mills and Foundry Row are well on their way to becoming the centers of local commerce. Foundry Row, the $140 million, 50-acre development on Reisterstown Road, will be  anchored by a 130,000-square-foot Wegmans, which is set to… Read More

Aly Raisman Wins Silver Medal in Olympic Gymnastics All-Around

Silver medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses for photographs after the medal ceremony for the Women's Individual All Around on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Aly Raisman won the Olympic silver medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around in Rio de Janeiro. The Jewish competitor from Needham, Massachusetts, finished second behind her American teammate Simone Biles on Thursday. Raisman, 22, is the U.S. squad’s captain and was a key part of its gold medal in the team competition two days earlier…. Read More

Will Congress Act on Zika?

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With the presidential campaign at a post-convention lull and Congress on recess, the country has reached the eye of 2016’s political storm. But with 16  locally contracted cases of the Zika virus reported in the Miami, Fla., neighborhood of Wynwood as of Aug. 8, some wonder if the legislature will act in time to prevent… Read More

Teachers Become Students at Holocaust Institute

More than 45 teachers took part in this year’s Summer Teachers Institute, which gives partipants the tools they need to effectively teach about the Holocaust. (Justin Silberman)

Even after spending the last 33 years educating students on the horrific hardships many Jews faced during the Holocaust, Barry Zavislan yearns to learn more on the topic. So after Zavislan, 55, was  informed by a colleague at The John Carroll School in Bel Air earlier this year of the 11th  annual Summer Teachers Institute,… Read More

Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Advances

A large number of Baltimore City residents attended the city council meeting on Monday, during which a preliminary vote for a $15  minimum wage was held. (Justin Silberman)

In a vote that drew thunderous applause from low-wage workers inside and outside City Hall, the Baltimore City Council on Monday advanced a bill that would increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The council voted 7-4 to give preliminary approval to gradually raise the rate from the state’s current minimum of $8.75… Read More

Joseph Named Senior Rabbi at Har Sinai

Rabbi Linda Joseph (Provided photo)

In its 175th year, the  nation’s oldest continuous  Reform congregation will be under the leadership of a woman who has deep roots in the movement. Har Sinai Congregation’s new senior rabbi, Linda Joseph, has lived and breathed Reform Judaism since her youth group days. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Joseph grew up in a community similar… Read More