Duty Calls Responsibility drives unimpressed New Hampshire Jewish voters

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Less than thrilled is how some New Hampshire Jewish voters describe their feelings toward the presidential candidates vying for votes in the Granite State. Despite the lackluster enthusiasm for this year’s candidates, the Jews of New Hampshire will do their duty and head to the polls on Feb. 9. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat,” said… Read More

Obama Visits Baltimore Mosque

President Barack Obama visits the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Feb. 3. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS/Newscom)

President Barack Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore Wednesday in his first visit to a mosque in the U.S. during his presidency. In a 45-minute address, he called on Americans to embrace Islam as a religion of peace. Obama referenced recent tragedies in Boston, Chattanooga, Tenn. and San Bernardino, Calif., that were carried out… Read More

Legislators, Advocates Rally for End-of-Life Option Act Revised bill increases protection from coercion, includes data collection

Del. Shane Pendergrass (center) and Sen. Ronald Young (left) are the sponsors of the End-of-Life Option Act. (Marc Shapiro)

Legislators and advocates kicked off this year’s push for the End-of-Life Option Act on Thursday, Jan. 28 ahead of the introduction of Senate and House bills. The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), would allow terminally ill individuals… Read More

From Crofton to Clinton Joel Wanger cites his Jewish faith as a factor in becoming politically active

Joel Wanger (right) says working for progressive candidates such as Hillary Clinton is an important way to “live” his Judaism. (Provided)

It was the deep-seated Jewish values of social justice that spurred Crofton, Md., native Joel Wanger to become involved in politics. Wanger “fell in love” with the campaign lifestyle while in college at Northeastern University in Boston, he said, prompting him to apply for the Israel Government Fellows program that is run by Masa Israel…. Read More

Beth Tfiloh Student Makes a Wish: Laker for a Day

Yitzi Teichman, 18, who has been battling brain cancer, signed a one-day contract with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 31, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Lakers. Teichman, a Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School student, was given the VIP treatment, received special items signed by the players, participated in pregame warm-ups on… Read More

BJC: No Anti-BDS Bill This Session

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The Baltimore Jewish Council and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) will not pursue a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in this year’s Maryland General  Assembly session. “We spent a few weeks researching it and there’s no problem now,” BJC executive director Art Abramson said. “Given… Read More

The Ability to Succeed Employers look beyond disabilities, find dedicated, talented workers

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Yoel Krigsman, 48, is an average Jewish Baltimorean by most accounts; he has a wife and four children, davens regularly and commutes to Washington, D.C., where he has managed computer systems at Gallaudet University for 18 years. But statistics indicate that employers would think twice about hiring him because he’s deaf. Dr. Andrew Houtenville, director… Read More

Jewish Nonprofit Testifies on Food Insecurity among Military, Veteran Families

A Jewish nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the United States and Israel provided testimony on Capitol Hill on Jan. 12. On behalf of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO of the nonprofit, testified before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The Jewish nonprofit is leading nationwide… Read More

Day School Groups Plan Merger New national organization to speak for 375 day schools

The Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. (Henry H. Lewis Contractors, LLC via Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School)

Regional day school heads are expressing support for a merger announced last week of five North American Jewish day school organizations. Those groups represent more than 375 schools from across the denominational spectrum. “It’s very exciting news for the  entire day school field,” said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, head of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School,… Read More