Repairing a Broken System Jews United for Justice begins fight to ease life for renters in Baltimore

Members of Jews United for Justice demostrate near City Hall in Baltimore as part of an effort to improve conditions for tenants going to rent court.

Baltimore’s chapter of Jews United for Justice has embarked on a new campaign aimed at removing obstacles tenants often face when going to rent court. The project, known as the 7,000 Families Campaign, comes in response to a report released this month by the Public Justice Center, which states that 7,000 is the number of… Read More

Ex-peace negotiator says … Israel must ‘shape reality’

Udi Dekel brought his ideas for peace to Temple Micah in Washington.

To remain a Jewish and democratic state, Israel must separate itself from the Palestinians now, a former Israeli peace negotiator told a Washington audience last week. Retired Brig. Gen. Udi Dekel struck a note of urgency, saying Israel cannot afford to wait for the outcome of a future round of negotiations because the status quo… Read More

District 11 Team Endorses Van Hollen for Senate

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Maryland’s District 11 team of State Sen. Bobby Zirkin and State Dels. Shelly Hettleman, Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein announced its endorsement of Congressman Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate. Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, faces Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Prince George’s County in the Democratic primary race to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski,… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Council Names Howard Libit New Executive Director Libit to take position in May

Howard Libit

The Baltimore Jewish Council named Howard Libit its next executive director on Thursday. Libit is currently the treasurer of the BJC and the public affairs chief and director of strategic planning and policy at the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The BJC voted unanimously for Libit to succeed executive director Art Abramson at a board… Read More

‘Scandalous’ Climate activists welcome deal but rap Israel for ‘minimalist’ commitments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, joins his French 
counterpart, Manuel Valls, at the United Nations Climate Change 
Conference in Le Bourget, France.

TEL AVIV — During last week’s climate summit outside Paris, the 195 delegate countries — including Israel — committed to implementing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving their goals every five years. The aim: Keep Earth from warming more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century. “This demands international… Read More

‘There’s an Urgency’ Former Maryland attorney general to lead Pennsylvania’s ‘porngate’ investigation

Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler

A Washington, D.C. law firm has been officially contracted to pore over thousands of emails on Pennsylvania state servers as part of an independent investigation into a scandal locally dubbed as “porngate.” The final signature needed on the contract between the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and BuckleySandler LLP was added on Dec. 10, and… Read More

A Chanukah of Chizuk Proportions

Rabbis Ronald Shulman (left) of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation light the third candle during their joint Chanukah celebration. (photo by Justin Katz)

Anyone who has been to Chizuk Amuno Congregation knows that there are only two options for parties in Krieger Auditorium: go big — or go even bigger — and that’s what congregants, alongside friends from Beth El Congregation, did during its recent Chanukah celebration that attracted hundreds of attendees. Despite the room being large enough… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Names Program Director

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has named Rafi M. Rone as its program director. “Rafi brings more than 20 years of experience in community relations and community development to this new position at the Foundation,” said Rachel Garbow Monroe, CEO and president of the Weinberg Foundation, in a written statement. “He is a highly… Read More

Sanders Comes to Town Presidential hopeful takes a tour of Sandtown-Winchester

Sen. Bernie Sanders walks through the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood during a visit to the city on Dec. 8.

Baltimore’s Millenial population could be seen and heard during a visit on Dec. 8 by Vermont Democrat and 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders toured the city’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood to the chant of “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray,” which served as a reminder of the emotional wounds that remain… Read More