Protesters Link Justice for Black Americans, Palestinians

IfNotNow protesters hold a large banner with their message in an  attempt to attract the attention of people walking into the building that houses the American Jewish Committee. (Justin Katz)

A group advocating that American Jewry end its support of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank staged a protest of the mainstream Jewish community’s rejection of the Black Lives Matters policy platform in front of a major Jewish organization’s local office. Fifty members of IfNotNow rallied at McPherson Square and headed north, singing “Olam Chesed… Read More

The Susiya Shuffle

The Palestinian village of Susiya is in the southern Hebron hills of Judea, part of the land known to many as the West Bank. The village is home to 300 people. Israel says that the residents built their homes without permits, and so the structures are eligible for demolition. The residents say that Israel’s Supreme… Read More

Kohelet Prize to Reward Innovative Day School Teachers

In late September, the Kohelet Foundation will begin accepting entries for the Kohelet Prize — six $36,000 awards to be distributed among Jewish educators or teams of educators for what the organization is calling “Excellence in Progressive Jewish Education.” “We know there are incredible, creative and highly effective teachers doing this work in the field… Read More

JEA to Celebrate 107 Years

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The Jewish Educational Alliance will celebrate its 107th anniversary at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation on Sunday, Aug. 28. WJZ-TV reporter Ron Matz, who was inducted into the JEA’s Hall of Fame in 2014, will serve as the master of  ceremonies. “Every year, we usually have someone to honor, but this year, we’re just honoring… Read More

It’s All About Connections for New North Oaks Director

Sue Chrissley, North Oaks executive director (Photo provided)

This past June saw Sue Chrissley promoted to executive director of North Oaks Retirement Community. She is a familiar face around the campus of North Oaks, having served as the administrator of its Autumn Ridge Health Center for the past four years. Although she’s only been in the position a couple of months, she’s already… Read More

Seeking Justice in Gaza Funds Cases

First came the news that the Gaza head of World Vision, a Christian charity, was  accused of funneling millions of the organization’s dollars to Hamas. Then came the announcement that Israel charged a United Nations humanitarian aid worker with assisting Hamas by redirecting his work from rehabilitating housing to building a military naval facility. These… Read More

The Mall Comes Down Now just an eyesore, the once-glitzy Owings Mills Mall is being demolished to make way for redevelopment

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When it opened in 1986, the Owings Mills Fashion Mall (as it was called then) was touted as “the cornerstone of one of the biggest building boons on the East Coast,” WJZ’s Frank Luber reported. “Tres chic, that’s probably the one phrase that describes the new mall in Owings Mills,” another report said. Champagne toasts… Read More

Closed Doors for Israel Aid Package

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A 10-year defense deal  between the United States and Israel, reported to be nearing completion, is being  negotiated behind closed doors, giving rise to speculation about its details. Reports say that the agreement, known as the memorandum of understanding, will be worth roughly $3.7 billion per year in military aid to  Israel. The current memorandum… Read More

Jewish-Run Businesses Awarded Medical Cannabis Licenses

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After being inundated with applications from those hoping to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland, the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission revealed its 15 grower selections and 15 processor selections on Monday. While a large step forward in a program that has been fraught with delays, these preapprovals means the companies… Read More

Elsewhere in Owings Mills …

The Metro Centre at Owings Mills (Photo by David Stuck)

As the Owings Mills Mall is destroyed so the area can be repurposed, the Metro Centre at  Owings Mills and Foundry Row are well on their way to becoming the centers of local commerce. Foundry Row, the $140 million, 50-acre development on Reisterstown Road, will be  anchored by a 130,000-square-foot Wegmans, which is set to… Read More