A Danger Not in Plain Sight Local leaders discuss Anne Arundel County’s human-trafficking epidemic

Leaders from across Anne Arundel County — and Maryland — gathered at Congregation Kneseth Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for a discussion on how to combat human trafficking in the state. The forum was sponsored by the Maryland League of Women Voters and the Annapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, among other… Read More

Make Way For Millennials America’s youngest politicians eligible for presidency


The oldest members of the millennial generation are turning 35 this year, making them eligible for the highest seat in the land. While we may not hear “Hail to the Chief” as the intro for a millennial president this election cycle, 2016 is the last presidential contest in which America’s largest generation will be forced… Read More

Howard County Board of Education Decision Maintains status quo for Jewish High Holidays

Following more than an hour of discussion Thursday, the Howard County Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose’s recommendation to maintain the decision to close schools on the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the 2016-2017 school year. Following a motion by board members Bess Altwerger and Dr. Janet Siddiqui,… Read More

BT Students Connect to ‘Other’ Baltimore Writer, educator D. Watkins talks about growing up in the projects and his grassroots work

Writer, speaker and educator D. Watkins spoke to an 
Advanced Placement Psychology class at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.

Students at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School most likely never knew the realities D. Watkins grew up with: a drug-dealing brother who was murdered; friends who started dealing at 13; fights and parties and kids riding dirt bikes down the hallways of his building. Growing up in the Lafayette Courts housing projects was very different… Read More

Bridging the Religious Divide Second seminar in DFI series looks at anti-Semitism in other religions

History professor Robert Freedman says Islam originally contained several anti-Semitic teachings, but there are different interpretations. (Provided)

The roots of anti-Semitism can be traced to the original teachings of the world’s largest religions, scholars told attendees at the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development on Jan. 7. The workshop, the  second in a series dedicated to examining the causes of anti-Semitism,  featured lectures from history professor Robert Freedman, Rabbi Geoff Basik… Read More

Alleged Anti-Semitism in Council Race Community organizer claims candidate referred to Jewish opponent as ‘Jew boy’


Alleged anti-Semitism has surfaced in the race among three black candidates and one Jewish candidate to replace retiring District 5 Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector. In a Facebook post, minister and community organizer Kinji Scott accused Derrick Lennon of saying, “We can’t let this Jew boy get in,” referring to District 5 candidate Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer…. Read More