Refocusing Baltimore Despite last year’s unrest, city’s future has much in its favor

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With memories still fresh of last April’s unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the young African-American man from Sandtown who sustained fatal injuries while in police custody, organizations throughout the city are working to erase the disgrace that national headlines heaped upon Baltimore, even as the upcoming trials of the officers involved generate almost… Read More

Clinton, Trump to Headline AIPAC Gathering

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The 2016 presidential campaign will make a stop at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington next week, where front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will address an expected 18,000 attendees at the pro-Israel advocacy organization’s annual event. The conference, March 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Verizon… Read More

Annual CJC Book Fair Is Kick Start to Passover

Rabbi Sonya Starr (left) and Cantor Jan Morrison lead children in song during the first Passover Book Fair in 2014. (provided)

While Jewish children have opportunities to learn about the tradition of Passover each year, the classroom can be  a challenging place for the youngest members of a synagogue’s congregation. In an effort to create a more engaging atmosphere around the study of Passover, Columbia Jewish Congregation will host its third annual Passover Book Fair at… Read More

BJC Adocates in Annapolis

Michael Friedman, vice president of the JCRC executive committee (left), and Lainy LeBow-Sachs, BJC president (second from left), meet with Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne Jones, a District 10  Democrat (far right). (David Stuck)

More than 200 Jews from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis Tuesday, March 1 for the annual Jewish Advocacy Day — a day where constituents from the Jewish community meet with legislators to lobby for the legislation they hope will pass in the current session, which runs through April 11. This included several members of the… Read More

Israel Touts Gay-Friendly Climate, But Rights Fight Faces Religious Firewall

Thousands march during the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.  (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

TEL AVIV — As the last Tuesday in February ended, it felt like Israel’s gay community had taken a major step forward. On Feb. 23, eight separate Israeli parliamentary committees convened to discuss a broad set of issues facing the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Lawmakers from a range of parties talked about… Read More

Gloria Harris, Mentor and Matriarch

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Gloria Harris, a founder of the Edward A. Myerberg Center who spent much of her life  involved in Baltimore’s Jewish communal organizations, passed away on Feb. 22. She was 91. Her family and friends remember her as a decisive leader and true matriarch. “She was a ball of fire, and she burned to be of… Read More

Delegate’s Bill Holds Life Insurers Accountable

Del. Sandy Rosenberg’s bill is based on similar legislation adopted in Colorado. Photo by Melissa Ger

A two-year quest by Maryland state Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) to pass a law that would crack down on life insurance companies that attempt to limit coverage based on an individual’s travel destinations is making progress in the General Assembly. House Bill 803 would prevent insurers from charging different rates or refusing coverage to… Read More

Alex Cooper Unveils Renovated Showroom

Alex Cooper Auctioneers has unveiled its renovated showroom at its facility on York Road in Towson. The $3 million update to the space marks another milestone in the company’s 90-year history. Since its founding in 1924, Alex Cooper Auctioneers has concentrated its talents on the auction, real estate, appraisal and Oriental rug business. As its… Read More

MICA Awarded $600K Grant

The Maryland Institute College of Art has been awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to launch the development of Up/Start MICA, a collegewide entrepreneurship initiative that will capitalize on the unique talents of the college’s students and recent graduates. “We are greatly impressed with president Samuel Hoi’s… Read More

Yelp Awards SBLC $5,000

The South Baltimore Learning Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation, having been nominated and voted in by community members in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest. Of the many nonprofits considered for recognition, only three in the Baltimore area were nominated to participate, which awarded $10,000 total to local nonprofits…. Read More