Lamplighter Dinner Shines Light on Columbia Chabad’s 30 Years

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Rabbi Hillel Baron remembers the first Howard County Jewish Federation meeting he attended; it took place in a member’s family room, and in it was seated everyone in the Jewish community. While the Howard County Jewish community has grown and changed exponentially, one constant has remained: Rabbi Hillel and Chanie Baron. The Barons, who run… Read More

Local Photographer Finds New Life Through the Lens

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Norm Dubin may be retired from his career as a reproductive biologist, but he has started a new life with what initially was just a hobby. “Like most kids, I had a camera ever since I was young and liked to take pictures of weird things,” said Dubin. “A friend of mine said, ‘Why don’t… Read More

Looking for a Quickie Jewish Wedding? Call Rabbi Mel

Rabbi Mel Hecht marries Craig Silver and Karen Butt of Connecticut at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas. (Ron Kampeas)

LAS VEGAS — Rabbi Mel Hecht clutches his black coffee and paces in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts just down the road from the Red Rock Casino. It’s 2:27 p.m., and the couple said they’d be there by 2:20. The photographer has an appointment at Bellagio at 5 p.m., and he wanted to get started… Read More

One Month after Iran Deal Implementation, U.S. Lawmakers Air Concerns

The House Foreign Affairs Committee meets on Feb. 11 to evaluate the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Some Jewish lawmakers want sanctions. (Daniel Schere)

Less than a month after Iran was judged to have curbed its nuclear program to the extent that international sanctions could begin to be lifted, U.S. lawmakers assessed the success of the agreement reached between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. At a Feb. 11 House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, members also… Read More

Governor’s Initiative Would Change Legislative Districts

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After years of Democratic dominance, Maryland’s legislative and congressional district lines could see an overhaul, due to an initiative put forth by Gov. Larry Hogan on Jan. 26. The proposal would create a constitutional amendment that places the power of drawing district lines in the hands of an independent nine-member panel. District lines are currently… Read More

Loud and Clear! BBYO’s Baltimore message of social justice resonates with Jewish teens

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More than 2,400 teenage Jews from around the globe came to Baltimore last week and were spurred to action by the words of NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks, who told them the future was in their hands. “We have a generation that is not prematurely pessimistic, not prematurely cynical about what they can do,… Read More

Sitting Circuit Court Judges Put to the Test Two challengers step into the ring for 15-year terms

From left: Baltimore City Circuit Court Judges Audrey Carrion, Wanda Keyes Heard,  Karen “Chaya” Friedman, Michael DiPietro, Cynthia Jones and Shannon Avery. (Provided)

Judges’ names appear low on ballots, below presidential candidates, below those running for Congress and Senate and below those running to be Baltimore’s next mayor and councilpersons — all races that are more recognized in the national and local news media and are arguably on the radar of the general public. Most judges are appointed… Read More

Seeking Closure Palestinian terrorism victims, Israel advocates want more cases to be tried in U.S.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) saw in Israel’s justice system a lesson for  the United States.  (Daniel Schere)

Despite a commitment from the United States government to bring overseas terrorists to justice, American victims of Palestinian violence overseas are still searching for  answers. None of the 64 cases in the last 23 years has resulted in a conviction, prompting anger from some Jews here and in Israel. In 2004, Congress passed the Koby… Read More

BJC Scaling Back End-of-Life Opposition

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The Baltimore Jewish Council will not take a major role in opposing the End-of-Life Option Act in the Maryland General Assembly this session, the council announced at a recent board meeting. The BJC still opposes the legislation, proposed by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), because choosing to end one’s… Read More