Kinderkool

Now that most camps have outlawed junk food in the bunks, filling camp care packages is harder than ever. Let’s face it, most of our kids don’t really need any of the things we send. They just like to get packages. Woe to the terrible parent (I’ve been one) who doesn’t even send one. And [...]

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BY Simone Ellin

The Push For $10.10

For Monique Tracy, raising Maryland’s minimum wage would be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and having some money to spare. “It would help me a lot,” said Tracy, 25, an employee at a Rite Aid in Pikesville. Tracy has been working at the store for two years. Her $8-an-hour salary must pay her [...]

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BY Heather Norris

Day Schools Try To Put New Face On Financial Aid

Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem. Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah had plenty of students from lower-income families and a number from affluent ones. But it couldn’t seem to recruit and retain many middle-class students, even as it devoted increasing amounts to financial aid. Middle-class parents “felt [...]

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BY Julie Wiener, JTA

Mitzvah Day

Upward of 1,000 people packed rooms at both the Park Heights and Owings Mills branches of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for this year’s Mitzvah Day, assembling winter care packages, making peanut butter sandwiches and taking part in other activities to benefit those less fortunate in the Baltimore area. “Mitzvah Day brought out [...]

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BY Joshua Runyan Photos by David Stuck