Marvin Mandel Passes Away at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor leaves ‘extraordinary legacy’

Gov. Marvin Mandel at his 95th birthday party in May.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, passed away Sunday afternoon. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov. Larry Hogan… Read More

Construction Begins on New Metro Centre Building

Attendees at the groundbreaking of a new office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills signed a 700-pound piece of steel that will be used in construction.

Construction began on a 200,000-square-foot office and retail building at the Metro Centre at Owings Mills, marked by a groundbreaking on Aug. 27. The new construction is part of 1.2 million square feet of office space planned for the mixed-use development, which will total 7 million square feet when completed. “We are extremely optimistic about… Read More

Baltimore County Crime Dropped 7.2 Percent in 2014

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a 7.2 percent overall decrease in crime in 2014 at a news conference on Aug. 26. Among the types of crime that decreased were aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft, which went down by 6.1 percent, 15.8 percent and 17.1 percent respectively. Johnson… Read More

Rawlings-Blake Joins ‘Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism’

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted American Jewish Committee leaders at city hall Tuesday as she signed the AJC’s “Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism” statement. The statement has mayors calling on their European counterparts to speak out and act to prevent anti-Semitism in their countries. It has been signed by nearly 300 mayors and county executives, including… Read More

Owings Mills Chabad Dedicates New Torah Celebration attracts hundreds; Torah dedicated to rabbi’s late father

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There’s no party like a Chabad-Lubavitch Torah dedication party. People marched and danced in the streets, music was played, flags were waved, tiki torches were lit and a festive meal was enjoyed to mark the occasion. Hundreds came out to the Chabad of Owings Mills on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the Grand Torah Dedication. The… Read More

Mikulski Support Hands Iran Deal Victory to Obama

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Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) announced her support Wednesday for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Mikulski’s support for the deal brings the number of senators in favor to 34. That’s the number of votes that President Barack Obama needs to sustain a veto. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are expected to pass… Read More

Marvin Mandel Dies at 95 Maryland’s 56th governor died Sunday

Gov. Marvin Mandel at his 95th birthday party in May.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, the state’s first and only Jewish governor, died Sunday afternoon, according to reports. One of Maryland’s most prolific political figures, Mandel served as governor from 1969 until 1977, when he was convicted and jailed for racketeering and mail fraud charges. His sentence was later commuted and his conviction overturned. Gov…. Read More

‘Watch My Back’ Olim contributing to Israeli society

Naomi Brounstein (left) and Vivi Mann founded Ten Gav, a charitable 
organization that relies on crowdfunding to assist those in need.

Baltimore native Vivi Mann and Naomi Brounstein of Ontario, Canada, both made aliyah more than two decades ago with different motivations, but they have joined forces to create Ten Gav, a charitable organization that aims to empower donors and recipients by establishing personal connections. The Hebrew expression ten gav, meaning “watch my back,” is commonly… Read More

A Blessing in Rising Water New Orleans resident — and Baltimore native — reflects on the flood of local support 10 years after Katrina

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Ten years later, the expression, gam zu l’tovah  — roughly translated as “even this is for the good” — seems to hold water in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, particularly in the Jewish community. And gam zu l’tovah would not be my own mantra, were it not for the generosity of Baltimore’s Jewish community. My husband,… Read More