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

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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

Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform

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Sabrina Sojourner said she was “dismayed and heartbroken” when the Black Lives Matter movement released a platform in which it referred to Israel as an “apartheid state” in its support for the Palestinians. According to the platform: “The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit… Read More

Community at Odds Proposed zoning changes at Hidden Waters, Woodholme could mean higher-density housing

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A groundswell of community opposition to proposed zoning changes in Baltimore County has led to spirited standoffs between a country club that is a longtime community  staple and surrounding residents, as well as a developer and nearby residents. As representatives from Woodholme Country Club and Bozzuto Homes — the developer that aims to build on… Read More

Ellicott City Eyes Future with Optimism

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“We’ll be back.” Those were the first words out of Ellicott City local Len Berkowitz’s mouth when asked about the damage to Great Panes, his Main Street art glass business. “We’ve been here for 37 years and I don’t intend to end on an odd number,” he shared while sitting on the curb since benches… Read More

Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew

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Wednesday, Aug. 3 saw the passing of one of the most influential figures ever to grace Baltimore — lawyer, philanthropist and art collector LeRoy “Roy” Hoffberger. He was 91. Hoffberger was born in 1925 into a family that made fortunes in manufacturing and distributing ice, coal and fuel oil. He was raised surrounded by real… Read More

BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel

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The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More