From Squad Car to Synagogue Local cantor builds bridges between law enforcement and community

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It was July 1987. Michael Shochet was a young police officer working the midnight shift in Baltimore City. A signal 13 came across the radio. An off-duty officer needed backup. Soon after Shochet and his fellow officers arrived at the 1100 block of Abbott Court, shots rang out. Officer Tom Martini was shot through his… Read More

Baltimore Residents Protest and Call for Reform After Porter Mistrial

Protesters chanted outside of City Hall Wednesday evening.

Dozens of police officers stood on corners on Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore just after a mistrial was announced Wednesday afternoon in the case of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, the first of the six officers who face various charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Blocks away, other officers stood behind barricades in front… Read More

Confronting Anti-Semitism DFI series kicks off with discussion on hate

Jewish professional and lay leaders came together Dec. 2 at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC for a discussion on confronting anti-Semitism hosted by the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development. The workshop was the first in a five-part series on interfaith dialogue and was highlighted by a lecture from Seth Gordon-Lipkin, the education project… Read More

Words Without War HoCo organizations fighting Islamophobia through dialogue

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Blunt remarks by politicians, news of violent incidents and boisterous messages sent from overseas; it may be creating fear and distrust at a national level, but some people are fighting back with an age-old weapon: discussion. Several organizations throughout Howard County are using the holiday season to mend Jewish-Muslim relationships at the grassroots level. “Personally,… Read More

Negotiating Interfaith Burial As time goes by, where to bury is becoming more and more of an issue

Nearly two years ago, Rabbi Jillian Cameron stood in a Catholic church in a deeply religious community in Massachusetts and gave the eulogy for her grandfather at the request of her relatives. When her grandfather’s casket was lowered into the ground, Cameron’s mother leaned over to her and whispered, “Can you stay and say Mourner’s… Read More

Father, Daughter Win Public Health Impact Award Paper based on research done by sixth-grader honored at national medical examiners conference

Sydney and Russell Alexander pose with the project Sydney did in sixth grade that led to closer collaboration  between the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a public health impact award at the National Association  of Medical Examiners conference in October. (Marc Shapiro)

An Ellicott City middle schooler and her father won a national award for research they conducted in fentanyl deaths in Maryland. Sydney Alexander, a seventh-grader at Folly Quarter Middle School, used data provided to her by her father, Dr. Russell Alexander, an assistant medical examiner at Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), to… Read More