‘The Real McCoy’ Speaker talks race relations in Jewish community

With a diverse Jewish community, racial problems are Jewish problems. That was the message of Yavilah McCoy, a Jewish woman of color and activist, to about 350 people Jan. 4 at Beth Tfiloh. McCoy was the speaker for the annual Stanley Z. Penn Lecture started by Helene Penn Dorf in honor of her late husband…. Read More

Orthodox Rabbis Join Opposition to Assisted Death

The debate over death with dignity, also known as assisted suicide, will be reignited in Maryland this year, as state legislators plan to reintroduce the End-of-Life Option Act. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicide, a group representing more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis came out against the practice, calling it “murder.” In a recent statement,… Read More

Fighting BDS on America’s Campuses

In her time at the University of California, Davis, Julia Reifkind saw the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel take hold in its student government and on its campus, where swastikas were drawn on the Jewish fraternity house, Alpha Epsilon Pi. As a member of the student government and president of Aggies for Israel,… Read More

Come for the Party … Stay for the Judaism Area Jewish organizations find new ways to keep 20s/30s engaged

You’re jury-rigging the final acorn to a long piece of misshapen tree bark. As you put down the glue gun used to complete the makeshift menorah, you’re bumped by a young brown-haired girl bundled up for the winter despite the fact the dimly-lit brewery is jam-packed with other 20-somethings and 30-somethings like yourself. Then again,… Read More

Har Sinai Names Interim Education Administrator

Pamela Mandell, with more than 16 years of teaching experience mostly in the Jewish community, has been named Har Sinai Congregation’s interim education administrator. Mandell replaces longtime director of congregational learning, Jo-Ellen Unger, who left the Owings Mills-based congregation to become director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. Har Sinai… Read More

Reed Cordish Appointed to Trump Administration

Reed Cordish, a principal and partner of Baltimore-based real estate developer and entertainment firm Cordish Companies, is set to join President-elect Donald Trump’s team in an administrational role, according to the Jewish Insider. Cordish, 42, the youngest son of Cordish Companies chairman and CEO David Cordish, is a friend of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who… Read More

Schleifer Wants Term Limits

Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer is aiming to put a cap on the number of terms city elected officials serve. According to multiple reports, Schleifer proposed a bill on Monday at a council meeting that would limit Baltimore politicians, including the mayor and councilmembers, to no more than three four-year terms in office. Schleifer,… Read More

Legislators Eye Big Issues This Session

Local Jewish lawmakers are pushing to keep the Preakness in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, make community college free to students across the state and ban fracking, among other issues, in this year’s legislative session. These items ranked high on the list of priorities for those individuals in advance of the Maryland General Assembly gathering… Read More

Groups Ready for March on Washington

Progressive Jewish groups are gearing up to participate in the potentially massive Women’s March on Washington, a protest against President-elect Donald Trump that will take place the day after his inauguration. Organizers expect around 200,000 people at the Jan. 21 demonstration, which coincides with Shabbat. While Jewish organizers acknowledge that Shabbat could prevent some Jews… Read More

Cohen Drives Conversation on MTA’s Bus Cut to Students

Sitting front and center in the Frederick Douglass High School auditorium, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen spoke passionately about the need to make the bus system more accessible for public school students. In his first legislative oversight hearing as the council’s Education and Youth Committee chairman on Jan. 5, Cohen welcomed students, parents and residents… Read More