A Night In The Life


In a city where the murder rate, which just hit a four-year high with 234 homicides recorded in 2013, gains national attention year after year, it’s just business as usual for officers in Baltimore’s busy Northwestern District. “You’re never more than a block away from sheer, unadulterated violence,” says police officer Jacob Gabbard. Gabbard, 38,… Read More

Elevating Awareness, Sparking Discussion


The goal of the National Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month is to initiate discussion and promote inclusion for everyone in all aspects of Jewish life, regardless of their physical or mental ability. But “the discussion shouldn’t be about deciding things for people with disabilities but should include people with disabilities in the discussion,” said Shelly Christensen,… Read More

Good Grants


The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is among five federations nationwide to receive a Ruderman Family Foundation Opportunity Initiative grant to place young adults with disabilities in workplace-based internships and fellowships. The Jewish Federations of North America, which is working with the foundation to implement the initiative, also will have a fellow in its… Read More

Coming Together


Two years ago the residents of Northwest Baltimore and Pikesville learned that a mosque would be moving into their neighborhood. After years of waiting on renovations and inspections, the Ahmadi Muslim mosque finally will open its doors later this year, giving residents of the predominantly Jewish community an opportunity to interact with a population that… Read More

Hackers hit Israeli Defense Ministry

Hackers, believed to be Palestinian, broke into a computer of the Israeli Defense Ministry in Jerusalem. Malicious software infected the computer in Israel’s Civil Administration that monitors the movement of goods and people between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza, according to Seculert, an Israeli cybersecurity firm. The software entered in an email that… Read More

World leaders mark Holocaust Remembrance

World leaders and other dignitaries held a special ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the United Nations on Monday. “The State of Israel is the only guarantee that the future and fate of the Jewish people will be held in our own hand,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said. Oscar-winning Jewish American… Read More

BJC Prepares For Advocacy Day


The Baltimore Jewish Council is gearing up for its annual Advocacy Day in Annapolis on Wed., Feb. 5. As in past years, organizers expect about 150 community members, state legislators and executive branch officials to come together to discuss the council’s legislative priorities. “On Advocacy Day, we enthusiastically represent the Jewish community and inform our… Read More

O’Malley: State of our state is strong


Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gave his eighth and final State of the State address last week in Annapolis. He used the Jan. 23 speech as a way to chronicle his two terms as governor and call on the General Assembly to increase the minimum wage, move toward universal pre-kindergarten, better protect domestic violence victims and… Read More

Embassy Protests Highlight Africans’ Plight


Infiltrators. Asylum seekers. Illegal migrants. Migrant Workers. Refugees. The fate of the 53,000 Eritreans and Sudanese who have entered Israel illegally rest on these words. To be granted the right to live and work freely in Israel, the government must rule that those entering its borders left their homeland for fear of persecution and cannot… Read More

Happy 100!


On Sunday Jan. 26, Sam Gertner — father to three, grandfather to four, great-grandfather to five, accomplished musician, voracious reader, seasoned writer and avid traveler — celebrated a century of living surrounded by family and friends. The party took place at Springhouse of Pikesville, a senior living facility on Reisterstown Road, but Gertner has come… Read More