Baltimore’s Rod Rosenstein Nominated to Trump Role

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Baltimore, has been nominated to join President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet as deputy attorney general, according to a report by The Washington Post citing a member of the Trump transition team. Rosenstein, 51, who was appointed to his current post by Republican President George W. Bush in 2005, is currently… Read More

Maryland Legislators Will Introduce Anti-BDS Bill

Maryland lawmakers and Jewish advocacy groups are in the process of putting the final touches on a bill that would ban companies that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel from doing business with the state. The bill, which is expected to be introduced in the next few weeks, would prevent the… Read More

Israel’s Economy Expected to Slow in 2017

Israel’s economy hummed along in 2016 with an impressive estimated economic growth rate of 3.5 percent. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, “this year has been an outlier,” said Avi Weiss, executive director of the Jerusalem-based Taub Center for Social Policy, a nonpartisan, socioeconomic think tank. Israel’s economy has been growing slowly in the 2010s, and… Read More

‘The Real McCoy’ Speaker talks race relations in Jewish community

With a diverse Jewish community, racial problems are Jewish problems. That was the message of Yavilah McCoy, a Jewish woman of color and activist, to about 350 people Jan. 4 at Beth Tfiloh. McCoy was the speaker for the annual Stanley Z. Penn Lecture started by Helene Penn Dorf in honor of her late husband…. Read More

Orthodox Rabbis Join Opposition to Assisted Death

The debate over death with dignity, also known as assisted suicide, will be reignited in Maryland this year, as state legislators plan to reintroduce the End-of-Life Option Act. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicide, a group representing more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis came out against the practice, calling it “murder.” In a recent statement,… Read More

Fighting BDS on America’s Campuses

In her time at the University of California, Davis, Julia Reifkind saw the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel take hold in its student government and on its campus, where swastikas were drawn on the Jewish fraternity house, Alpha Epsilon Pi. As a member of the student government and president of Aggies for Israel,… Read More

Come for the Party … Stay for the Judaism Area Jewish organizations find new ways to keep 20s/30s engaged

You’re jury-rigging the final acorn to a long piece of misshapen tree bark. As you put down the glue gun used to complete the makeshift menorah, you’re bumped by a young brown-haired girl bundled up for the winter despite the fact the dimly-lit brewery is jam-packed with other 20-somethings and 30-somethings like yourself. Then again,… Read More

Har Sinai Names Interim Education Administrator

Pamela Mandell, with more than 16 years of teaching experience mostly in the Jewish community, has been named Har Sinai Congregation’s interim education administrator. Mandell replaces longtime director of congregational learning, Jo-Ellen Unger, who left the Owings Mills-based congregation to become director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. Har Sinai… Read More

Reed Cordish Appointed to Trump Administration

Reed Cordish, a principal and partner of Baltimore-based real estate developer and entertainment firm Cordish Companies, is set to join President-elect Donald Trump’s team in an administrational role, according to the Jewish Insider. Cordish, 42, the youngest son of Cordish Companies chairman and CEO David Cordish, is a friend of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who… Read More

Schleifer Wants Term Limits

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is aiming to put a cap on the number of terms city elected officials serve. According to multiple reports, Schleifer proposed a bill on Monday at a council meeting that would limit Baltimore politicians, including the mayor and councilmembers, to no more than three four-year terms in office. Schleifer,… Read More