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

Baltimore Journalist Appears on ‘House Of Cards,’ ‘Madame Secretary’


When it comes to the media, Jon Leiberman has done it all. Or at least he thought he had, having written stories for the National Enquirer, produced television packages for “America’s Most Wanted,” hosted radio segments for “The Howard Stern Show” and  anchored newscasts for WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore. But several months ago, Leiberman,… Read More

High Stakes, Mixed Expectations Elections will bring new president, senator, mayor, city council


In Baltimore, as in the rest of the state, candidates and residents alike are underscoring the importance of this election. In Baltimore, as in the rest of the state, candidates and residents alike are underscoring the importance of this election. While the presidential election looms overhead, Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat — which she has filled… Read More

At Least 15 Reportedly Injured in Jerusalem Bus Explosion

JERUSALEM — At least 15 people are reported injured in an explosion Monday afternoon on a public bus in Jerusalem that is being investigated as a bombing or an engine malfunction. Two of the injured in the explosion on Derech Hebron Road, in the Talpiot neighborhood southern Jerusalem, are in serious condition. Police believe a bomb… Read More

Howard County Faith, Lay Leaders See PATH Against Intolerance

The interfaith dialogues happening in Howard County have been  attracting more than 200 participants, including Jews, Christians,  Muslims and people of no particular faith. (Provided)

In direct response to last  December’s attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., which left 14 dead and 21 injured, Howard County faith leaders and People Acting Together in Howard, a broad-based community action group, held several  interfaith dialogues as a way  to fight against anti-Muslim sentiment. “After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, PATH began having… Read More

Baltimore Teen Pirouettes Her Way to Israel

Jennifer Wienner  (Cathy Davis of cbdPhotography)

From Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to New York and San Francisco, Jennifer Wienner has performed throughout the United States, and this summer she’ll add Tel Aviv to her resume when she trains with some of the Jewish state’s finest dancers. The 17-year-old Baltimorean was accepted to three summer intensives — full-time programs in which dancers… Read More

Little Rock Nine Member Shares Story with Baltimore Students

Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, challenged Krieger Schechter and Roland Park  Elementary/Middle School students to wrestle with ideas and concepts beyond their years during his speech. (Justin Katz)

Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, was charismatic and energetic when he spoke to about 200 fifth- through eighth-grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School and Roland Park  Elementary/Middle School in the sanctuary of Chizuk Amuno Congregation on April 6. The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine African-American students… Read More

Good Deeds Done Well!

More than 1.5 million people worldwide took part in the 10th annual Good Deeds Day on April 10. Locally, the Jewish Volunteer Connection, the hands-on volunteer branch of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, organized many projects, some are pictured here. They included a Druid Hill Park clean-up, singing and dancing with residents of… Read More