Drama Aside, Van Hollen Bests Edwards for Mikulski’s Seat

Rep. Donna Edwards concedes the race to Rep. Chris Van Hollen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In a race that differed more  in style and symbolism than  political positions — and in a race that many predicted would be decided by a razor-thin margin — voters in the Maryland Democratic primary left no doubt who they want to fill the Senate seat of soon-to- retire Barbara Mikulski. Rep. Chris Van Hollen,… Read More

HoCo Preschool Counts the Omer and Clothing

From left: Marcie Cissel, Barbara Frederick and Jodi Fishman. (Provided)

With Passover in full swing, so begins the tradition of counting the Omer, the ritual of counting each of the 49 days between the 16th of Nisan and Shavuot. But that’s not the only thing students at the Bet Yeladim preschool in Columbia will be counting this year. “All teachers and staff have each been… Read More

Clinton — Bill, That Is — Stumps at Leisure World

With the Maryland primary two weeks away, former president Bill Clinton touts the former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, as best qualified to be president to a crowd at Leisure World. (Photo by Daniel Schere)

Former President Bill Clinton was in his element Wednesday, shaking hands with more than 300 residents at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring and urging them to vote for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “You live in the highest voting precinct in the entire state of Maryland,” he said. “The first… Read More

You Should Know … Michal Katzir, Inbal Singer

Michal Katzir (Photo by Justin Katz)

Friends and neighbors Michal Katzir and Inbal Singer grew up in different states — and at times, even different countries —  but both share an interest in the same industry. Katzir is a retailer of modest fashions for observant women, and Singer designs them. Between Katzir’s brick-and-mortar store, P.S. I Shop, which she runs out… Read More

Parents Grill Panelists On Colleges, Anti-Semitism

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Howard County parents of high school students grilled representatives from the Anti-Defamation League and StandWithUs during a panel at Howard Community College about what their soon-to-be college students may face when confronted by groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Against Israel Apartheid. The April 18 panel called “Peace Takes Two” was… Read More

Baltimore Youth Begin Artful Dialogue

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One year after the violence that erupted in streets throughout Baltimore after the arrest of African-American Sandtown resident Freddie Gray, and his subsequent death while in police custody, symbols of unity are rising in upper Park Heights in the form of art co-created by its residents. On Thursday April 14, community leaders gathered at the… Read More

Looking Back on the Maryland General Assembly

MD state flag: ©iStockphoto.com/Matt Trommer; Disability icon: ©iStockphoto.com/Alex Belomlinsky

Maryland’s Jewish community came out on top in a General Assembly session that saw criminal justice reforms, debates about paid sick leave and end-of-life options and a number of projects funded, according to officials at the Baltimore Jewish Council and Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. Both the BJC and JCRC had a number… Read More

First-Time Voters Share Excitement, Thoughts on a ‘Rigged System’

As with every election season, this year’s primary and general election welcomes a group of newly eligible voters. This generation, raised in the era of news reporting via social media engines such Twitter and Facebook, will walk into one of the most acute, entertainment-driven and vitriolic races yet as their first experience in the booth…. Read More

Former ‘Meet the Press’ Host Meets Chizuk Amuno

Former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory became visibly  distraught as he shared a story about reading “Adon Olam” aloud to his father during his last days. (Justin Katz)

David Gregory, former moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and currently a political analyst at CNN, cracked jokes, pulled at heartstrings and asked an  audience of both young and old to consider profound, philosophical questions of faith inside a packed Krieger Auditorium at Chizuk Amuno Congregation on April 10. The topic of his discussion, which… Read More