The Health Exchange Problem

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In addition to fueling Republican fire, the problems with the launch of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, Maryland’s Affordable Care Act portal, have also provided ammunition for fellow Democrats looking to defeat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in June’s gubernatorial primary. “At this point he’s got to take responsibility,” said Jolene Ivey (D-47), who is running… Read More

Under The Radar In Jewish Baltimore

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“Under The Radar” is an occasional feature that highlights the diverse cross section of Jewish Baltimore. Less than an hour into her 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, Dr. Stacey Feinstein saw a young man complaining of chest pains, a middle-aged woman known for continuous drinking and repeated… Read More

Bevins To Lead County Council

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Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (D-6) will be the 2014 council chairperson, making her the third female to lead the council. The council voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 6 to confirm Bevins as the chair. “I am humbled by the trust and confidence that my fellow council members have expressed by selecting me to serve… Read More

Opposition Leader Offers Safety Net

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Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog likely will come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog… Read More

A Changing Commute

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It pays to drive. At least it pays more than taking public transit. With the start of 2014 came the expiration of the credit allowing public transit commuters to claim up to $245 a month as tax exempt. While public transportation users were watching their maximum credit fall to just $130 per month, the credit… Read More

Israeli Bureaucrat Decides Who Can Marry in the Jewish State

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To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a… Read More

MLA Delegates Condemn Israel

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CHICAGO — The Modern Language Association (MLA) delegate committee on Saturday passed Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying entry to U.S. academics into the West Bank, in a 60-53 vote. The MLA executive committee will now need to approve the resolution before it goes to a vote among MLA members. The original text of… Read More

Beyond The Aleph Bet

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You won’t find a lot of bright neon colors or posters with the ABCs on the walls of the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECE). Instead, you’ll see a lot of preschoolers’ art, their family photos and a collage created by the children’s parents. Since he arrived in July 2012,… Read More

Taking Good Care

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Typically holding down jobs and raising children while providing for the daily needs of an aging parent or spouse, family caregivers are some of the most selfless people on the planet. By and large reluctant to reach out for help, they just might be giving too much of themselves. “The statistics are sobering,” said Barbara… Read More

War On Poverty

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A half-century after President Lyndon B. Johnson formally declared a nationwide war on poverty, the subject remains divisive in politics, perplexing for social advocates and a daily reality for many. As a nation, we are neither winning nor losing the war, said Adam Schneider, a social worker at Heath Care for the Homeless and chair… Read More