Subminimum Wage Bill Sparks Discussion

Donte Harris at Miller’s Minuteman Press (Provided)

A new bill before the Maryland General Assembly would phase out the practice of paying some people with disabilities a subminimum wage for jobs they perform in sheltered workshops. The bill has sparked a passionate response, particularly from disability advocates, who call it a civil rights issue. The first hearing for the bill was Feb…. Read More

Betsy Gardner Announces City Council Bid

Betsy Gardner (David Stuck)

Elizabeth “Betsy” Gardner kicked off her campaign for the Baltimore City Council’s 5th District seat on Sunday, Feb. 21. She is one of seven candidates seeking to fill the seat that will be left vacant when longtime councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector retires. She faces Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, an Orthodox Jewish small business owner and community… Read More

A Leap Year of Faith

Lila Levine, born on Feb. 29, 2012, will celebrate her first real birthday on Monday. (Dahlia Levine)

When Alexandria, Va., resident Allison Dinsmore celebrates her 11th birthday on Monday, she will do so along with some 200,000 Americans whose birthday falls only once every four years. She says she makes do. “I miss kind of having the one actual day most years, but it gives me something to talk about,” she says…. Read More

Changes in Franklin Music Program Spark Concern, Some Hope

Due to stagnant and declining enrollment, Franklin High School is restructuring its music offerings. (istockphoto.com/monkeybusinessimages)

As Franklin High School’s administration grapples with how to best utilize a finite staff in a school with a diversity of interests, the school’s music community faces an uncertain future as it fights to keep certain classes from the chopping block. Initially, jazz band, symphonic band — an honors-level band — lower level piano and… Read More

Sanders’ Jewish Roots So Far Have Been a Quiet Issue in Campaign

With his victory in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish American to win  a primary. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images))

Should Maryland voters have a say in the April 26 Democratic primary, American University political scientist David Lublin thinks that despite the state’s large Jewish population, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Jewish heritage will not have much of  an effect. Lubin thinks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will still emerge victorious, because Maryland has a… Read More

How Justice Scalia’s Death Impacts 6 Cases that Matter to Jews

Justice Antonin Scalia (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — With the sudden passing this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on a raft of cases — including several watched by Jewish organizations. Scalia, who was 79, is being mourned by Orthodox Jewish groups, which… Read More

French Jews Struggling to Find Work in Israel

Catherine Berdah, pictured here with her husband and daughters at their apartment in Raanana, Israel, went from making $6,000 a month as a pharmacist to $6 an hour as a cashier. (Photo: Cnaan Liphshiz)

Raanana, Israel — Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris. A 50-year-old pharmacist with a master’s degree in business and decades of experience, Berdah earned over $6,000 per month and presided over an expanding business with 14… Read More

Art with a Heart Names Friedman President

Alyson Friedman has been elected president of the board of directors for Art with a Heart, a 15-year-old Baltimore-based nonprofit that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people in need through the use of visual art. Friedman has been a member of the board since 2011. Art with the Heart achieves its mission through… Read More