At JCC and Krieger Schechter, Students Also Vote

As the election drew closer and educators thought about how much information their younger students must be getting bombarded with, local Jewish schools took the opportunity to educate children from pre-school to elementary about the voting process and the presidential election. “A couple months ago, I was very concerned about all the negativity that has… Read More

Pugh, Cohen Carry Baltimore Vote

Catherine Pugh had been preparing for this moment her entire life. “Y’all look excited!” a beaming Pugh, 66, said to a loud procession of cheers from the audience, packed in the expansive Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor ballroom Tuesday. At 10:25 p.m. on election night, Congressman Elijah Cummings — who won his reelection bid —… Read More

Van Hollen Wins Maryland Senate Race

Chris Van Hollen will be Maryland’s next senator, replacing retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who will retire in January after five terms. Van Hollen, who represents the state’s 8th congressional district, defeated Republican challenger Kathy Szeliga, 55, the minority whip in the state Senate Tuesday night. When the race was called shortly after the polls… Read More

Nation Votes, Heaves Sigh After Bitter Election

The polling station at Leisure World’s clubhouse in Silver Spring Tuesday morning was quiet, when resident Rafael Mevorach, 70, left after casting his ballot. Asked about the election season that was ending, he summed up his thoughts with three words: “Oh my God!” Mevorach said he supports Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. Leisure… Read More

At Top Israeli University, Students Favor the Least Flawed Candidate in US Election

JERUSALEM – As Americans prepare to elect their next president, Israelis are watching. Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the country’s most prestigious institutions of higher education, are probably paying closer attention than most. On Sunday, the day before the start of fall classes for most of the students, the Mount Scopus… Read More

How to Survive the Election

It is a challenging time,”  affirmed Dr. Matthew Torres, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. This echoes the American Psychology Association’s recent finding: Of adults in the United States over the age of 18 surveyed, 52 percent reported the “2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.” “Societally, we’ve… Read More

The 2017-18 School Calendar Debate

Baltimore County Public School officials are currently involved with deciding the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Three calendars have been proposed. A noteworthy aspect of the potential schedule change is that one of the three proposed calendars suggests that school will be in session on Rosh Hashanah, which falls on Spet. 21 and 22… Read More

An Unorthodox Jewish View

At 42, Brooklyn-born Shulem Deen could fill a book with his tumultuous tale of having grown up within the insular world of the Skverer Chasidic sect before, as he terms it, being cast out and cut off from everything he knew. Deen has done just that with his memoir, “All Who Go Do Not Return,”… Read More

Barak Engages Baltimore in Global Dialogue

Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, graced Baltimore with his insights on the state of the global arena on Oct. 25 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as a part of Stevenson University’s Baltimore Speaker Series. Touted as a man “who over a half-century career became Israel’s most decorated soldier and held the nation’s trifecta… Read More

Among Cleveland’s Orthodox Voters, Reluctance Reigns

“She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be  dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporters of Hillary  Clinton in the Cleveland area are saying about their candidate. And some Donald Trump backers? “I wouldn’t even say he’s… Read More