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

Obama Visits Baltimore Mosque

President Barack Obama visits the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS/Newscom)

President Barack Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore Wednesday, Feb. 3 in his first visit to a mosque in the U.S. during his presidency. In a 45-minute address, he called on Americans to embrace Islam as a religion of peace. Obama referenced recent tragedies in Boston, Chattanooga, Tenn., and San Bernardino, Calif., that were… Read More

The Power of Engagement Congregations look to members to guide — and create — the future

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Lynne Kirsner and her husband have remained members of Temple Oheb Shalom over the years mainly to attend High Holiday services and because they have a number of friends there. Until recently, Kirsner wasn’t very involved in the congregation. But after being tapped for a role in assessing what the congregation can do to engage… Read More

A $6.8 Million Campaign for Gilchrist, The Associated Funds will go toward new wing, Jewish community resources

The new addition at Gilchrist will be a place for families to gather, outfitted with a variety of familiar Jewish symbols.(Renderings provided)

Gilchrist Hospice Care has partnered with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore on a fundraising campaign to expand hospice programs and resources in the Jewish community. The $6.8 million fundraising  campaign will allow for renovations and a 2,400-square-foot addition at Gilchrist Center Towson, an endowment to help Gilchrist engage the Jewish community and funds… Read More