Muslims Look to Jewish Example in Campaigning for School Days Off

Above: Students at a Muslim  elementary school in Morton Grove, Ill., pray in the school gymnasium. (Students: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, N.J., to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. The daughter of a Sephardic Jewish mother and Catholic father, Abdelnabbi-Berrocal never had any trouble celebrating the holidays of both religions as a public school student… Read More

Rezoning Means Homes Coming To Woodholme

Maps created using Baltimore County’s My  Neighborhood interactive map highlight areas in which zoning changes could lead to new development. (Zoning maps:

The Baltimore County Council on Aug. 30 approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for homes to be built on a piece of vacant land near the Woodholme Country Club. On another contentious zoning issue, the matter of the Hidden Waters property in Pikesville, the council blocked a developer’s request to up-zone the land… Read More

Classroom Conundrum County schools wrestle with air conditioning, calendar

The Baltimore County Board of Education must adjust its calendar to comply with an executive order from Gov. Hogan.

The new school year brings new teachers, old friends and for some kids and parents a countdown to the next summer break. But for Baltimore County students and parents, a number of lingering issues resurfaced right at the  outset of the 2016-17 school year. High-heat weekdays forced county schools without air conditioning to close twice… Read More

Trump, Clinton Talk Tough on Iran Following Controversial Report

Hundreds of demonstrators in Los Angeles protest the Iran  nuclear deal in July 2015. (Peter Duke)

WASHINGTON — The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report alleging that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement. The Institute for Science and International Affairs, a think tank founded by a former United Nations nuclear weapons inspector, David Albright, said in a report released this week… Read More

Software Helps Monitor Older Individuals

It was Mary Shofer’s bad fall  that spurred her grandson, Paul Merenbloom, to take action.  (Provided)

Mary Shofer vowed to  regain her independence no matter what hurdles she faced along the way. A bad fall in the foyer of her second-floor Pickwick East apartment at the age of 95 left her stranded on the floor for more than two hours with a broken femur, fractured hip and dislocated ribs. Her grandson,… Read More

Netanyahu’s Friendship with Putin

Russia’s proximity to the Middle East and the presence in Israel of a million-plus Jews from the former Soviet Union, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, make the growing warm relations between Jerusalem and Moscow a welcome occurrence for many citizens of the Jewish state. One of those citizens is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — that… Read More

Jacobs to Lead HCPF

Kyri Jacobs, president of Bonnie Heneson Communications (BHC), was named president of the Howard County Police Foundation board of directors. The Howard County Police Foundation works with the police department and community to fund projects not possible under the county budget. Jacobs has spent nearly 25 years as a communications, public relations, advertising, media and… Read More

Tempest in a Swimsuit

Jewish publications are not known for their swimsuit issues, let alone swimsuit editorials. But the tussle over the burkini in France is fit for commentary because it exposes yet another misfire aimed at Muslim immigrants, with the anti-burkini-istas essentially arguing that modesty is a threat to Western values. Last Friday, the French Council of State… Read More

Everyman Adds 3 to Board

Everyman Theatre has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. Jean W. Brune, Leonard Sherman and Kelly Keenan Trumpbour officially began their tenures in July. These additions to the board ensure Everyman will continue to benefit from a  diversity of experience and voices. “As the Founder of Everyman Theatre, I… Read More

Freeman Joins Klein

Klein Enterprises has announced the hiring of Andy Freeman as development manager. Freeman brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to the Baltimore-based commercial and residential real estate  development and management firm. “Andy’s extensive experience in real estate will serve as a great asset to our team,” said Daniel Klein, president of Klein… Read More