ICJS Adds Islam to ‘Enrich’ Its Mission

The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies is adding one more worldwide religion to its interfaith mission —Islam. The nonprofit will now become the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, although the acronym, ICJS, will stay the same. With a worldwide Syrian refugee crisis that has prompted controversial statements from presidential candidates, there is… Read More

Health Care Professionals Pack Medical Cannabis Brunch

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Doctors, dentists, surgeons and a variety of other health care providers came out in large numbers to learn about Maryland’s medical cannabis program on Sunday, Feb. 21. More than 100 health professionals attended the Maimonides Society brunch at the Suburban Country Club to hear Del. Dan Morhaim, who is also an emergency medicine physician, and… Read More

Meet the Guys Helping Israeli Entrepreneurs Make It Big in the Big Apple

Arie Abecassis (left) and Eyal Bino are co-founders of ICONYC Labs, 
an "accelerator program" that helps launch Israeli startups in New York.

NEW YORK — The hoodie-clad millennials tap furiously at their laptops. They’re perched on colorful couches, or sitting at long, communal tables, munching on Fruit Loops from the built-in dispenser in the open, subway-tiled kitchen. In other words, AlleyNYC is your typical co-working space. There are plenty of international workers here, yet the space is… Read More

Dates Set for New Stevenson Chabad Hearings

The Baltimore County Board of Appeals will hear the case of a Chabad synagogue proposed for Stevenson Road in May. After a split decision in the Baltimore County Administrative Law case, both sides appealed Judge John Beverungen’s order that said the proposed synagogue meets some zoning requirements but possibly violates others. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky hopes… Read More

Jewish Maryland to Join in Shabbat Across America

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The celebration of Shabbat is one of, if not the most important ritual observances in Judaism, and on March 4, thousands of synagogues across North America will welcome their respective communities to join together to celebrate and learn about the Jewish tradition during Shabbat Across America and Canada. “Shabbat Across America and Canada allows Jews… Read More

Recourse for renters Proposal to reform Baltimore rent court system makes its way through legislature

District Court of Maryland (David Stuck)

An effort by several Baltimore-based civil rights organizations to improve conditions in the city’s rent court system has made its way into Maryland’s public discourse, attracting support from like-minded groups and opposition from a network of land- lords along with the city’s  administration. The movement, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, began in 2014 when… Read More

Loaves of Love Shared with Howard County Seniors

Lisa Welch (fourth from left) hosted a group of BBYO parents at her home to bake challah for the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s new community service initiative, Loaves of Love. (Justin Katz)

When it comes to homemade food, freshly baked challah has always held a special place in the Jewish tradition, and several Howard County parents are giving back to the community with the braided delight. “A lot of people have good memories of challah and Shabbat. I think if you went to a Sunday school and… Read More

Seasons Won’t Open Until After Passover

(Melissa Gerr)

A new kosher market being built in Pikesville will open its doors later than initially planned. Seasons, a New York-based kosher grocer, will open at 1628 Reisterstown Road, a 15,000-square-foot space that formerly housed an Office Depot. General manager Zachary Richards said the store won’t open until after Passover but would not give an opening… Read More

Royal Farms Reopens in the Heart of Pikesville

(Melissa Gerr)

The Royal Farms convenience store at the corner of Smith  Avenue and Old Pimlico Road, which was closed for remodeling for more than a year, opened on Feb. 24. The store previously had not offered some of the chain’s  notable favorites such as its “World Famous Royal Fried Chicken” but will now serve that along… Read More

Subminimum Wage Bill Sparks Discussion

Donte Harris at Miller’s Minuteman Press (Provided)

A new bill before the Maryland General Assembly would phase out the practice of paying some people with disabilities a subminimum wage for jobs they perform in sheltered workshops. The bill has sparked a passionate response, particularly from disability advocates, who call it a civil rights issue. The first hearing for the bill was Feb…. Read More