Words Without War HoCo organizations fighting Islamophobia through dialogue

Blunt remarks by politicians, news of violent incidents and boisterous messages sent from overseas; it may be creating fear and distrust at a national level, but some people are fighting back with an age-old weapon: discussion. Several organizations throughout Howard County are using the holiday season to mend Jewish-Muslim relationships at the grassroots level. “Personally,… Read More

Negotiating Interfaith Burial As time goes by, where to bury is becoming more and more of an issue

Nearly two years ago, Rabbi Jillian Cameron stood in a Catholic church in a deeply religious community in Massachusetts and gave the eulogy for her grandfather at the request of her relatives. When her grandfather’s casket was lowered into the ground, Cameron’s mother leaned over to her and whispered, “Can you stay and say Mourner’s… Read More

Father, Daughter Win Public Health Impact Award Paper based on research done by sixth-grader honored at national medical examiners conference

An Ellicott City middle schooler and her father won a national award for research they conducted in fentanyl deaths in Maryland. Sydney Alexander, a seventh-grader at Folly Quarter Middle School, used data provided to her by her father, Dr. Russell Alexander, an assistant medical examiner at Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), to… Read More

A Diversity of Assets Israeli companies gather at BWI for event headlined by commerce secretary

More than 30 Israeli companies filled the observation gallery at Baltimore/ Washington International Airport on Nov. 30 for the Maryland/Israel  Development Center’s fifth annual showcase. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks for an hour before Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill addressed the contingent. “When I came into this position I had spent my life… Read More

America’s Realty Ends 2015 on High Note

Pikesville-based developer America’s Realty acquired its eighth Pikesville property in late November, when the company bought 1709 Reisterstown Road, a strip center and small office building that currently houses the Old Court Animal Hospital and a variety of other tenants. “We’re looking to go ahead and put an additional two stories on it to turn… Read More

‘The Land of Israel Belongs to Us’ Israel’s education minister addresses appreciative Beth Tfiloh audience

Israeli education minister and right-wing firebrand Naftali Bennett was on friendly territory last week, telling a crowd at Beth Tfiloh Congregation that it was impossible for Israel to be an occupying power and attacking Arab media outlets for what he said was biased reporting against him and the Jewish state. “One cannot occupy his own… Read More

Musical America Lists Cellist Amit Peled as Influencer of the Year

Amit Peled, world-class cellist, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University professor and, since 2010, steward  of Maestro Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller — arguably the world’s most famous cello — has been named one of 30 Influencers of the Year by Musical America. Nominated by his peers, according to the report, as someone who is “making… Read More