At Least 7 JCCs Receive Bomb Threats on Purim

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday at JCCs in Rochester, New York; Chicago; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Cleveland; Houston; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of the JCCs were evacuated and searched. None… Read More

Baltimore Teen Elected International BBG President

Baltimore’s Rebecca Sereboff was voted international N’siah (president) of B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), the sorority component the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, at the BBYO’s International Convention in Dallas last month. Rebecca, 17, is a lifelong Reisterstown resident and a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation. She attended Krieger Schechter Day School from kindergarten through eighth grade… Read More

Naale Gives Students an Elite (and Free) Israeli Education

For many families in the United States, a private education is financially beyond reach. Jewish day schools in particular can be notoriously expensive, although many do offer scholarships. But through a program called the Naale Elite Academy, Jewish students from around the world are provided a free high school education, provided they are willing to… Read More

Interfaith Institute Tackles Islamophobia

Dr. Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, argues that a one-dimensional view of Muslims is incorrect. “Muslims, who constitute two percent of the U.S. population, are the most diverse group in the country, hailing from 40 to 50 countries worldwide,” she told a crowd at Baltimore Hebrew… Read More

Students Converge On Annapolis for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day

Nearly 1,400 private school students descended on Annapolis on March 1 — ahead of state budget proceedings — to advocate for scholarship money for low-income students. The record-setting number of students turned out for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day, which was hosted by the Maryland Council for American Private Education (CAPE) and addressed by Gov. Larry… Read More

Hopkins President, Wife Establish Fund for First-Generation College Students

Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels and his wife, faculty member Joanne Rosen, announced a financial aid endowment that is expected to provided scholarships each year to four undergraduate students. The couple is establishing the $1 million endowment for undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college in the university’s Krieger School… Read More

Dan Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue

The Maryland House of Delegates disciplined Del. Dan Morhaim on March 3 for using his office to influence medical cannabis regulators without properly disclosing that he was a paid consultant to a prospective dispensary. The House voted 138-0 to reprimand Morhaim, a Democrat who represents District 11 in Baltimore County, for his involvement as a… Read More

Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation Maryland's anti-BDS bill draws strong support, opposition

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up. Gonzalez, 28, of Baltimore, is an active community member and educator… Read More

Four Days after Arrest, More Bomb Threats

Just four days after the FBI arrested St. Louis resident Juan Thompson, 31, in connection with eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions since January, a sixth wave of threats hit the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville and at least 11 other Jewish institutions in six U.S. states and Canada. Thompson reportedly… Read More

Baltimore City Council Preliminarily Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Despite holding both a part-time and full-time job and working at least 55 hours per week, Joshua Graham still struggles to cover his basic living expenses and make ends meet. By day, the 28-year-old West Baltimore resident works for a firm that provides security at the headquarters of T. Rowe Price at 100 E. Pratt… Read More