You Should Know… Joseph Zajdel

Joseph Zajdel has been around Baltimore all his life, and he understands there are a lot of needs in the city. Zajdel, 37, grew up in Randallstown, attended Pikesville High School and lives in Stevenson with his wife, Lisa, and son, Bradley. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and business… Read More

Baltimore County Votes Against ICE Cooperation Bill

The Baltimore County Council effectively killed a bill that would have required the county’s jail to participate in a federal immigration screening program with a 5-2 vote on Monday to table the measure, which sparked great debate in the Jewish community. The legislation called for the county to join a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More

Hillary Clinton Calls for Unity at ECYP Fundraiser

When Victor Blackwell traveled to Israel in 1998, he became the first person in his family to travel outside the United States and experience a different culture. Perhaps best known for his role as co-anchor of CNN’s “New Day Weekend,” Blackwell still gets choked up when he remembers that nearly 6,000-mile journey, one that proved… Read More

Jewish Community Split on Baltimore County ICE Bill

A Baltimore County Council bill that would require the county’s jail to participate in a federal immigration screening program has sparked great debate in the Jewish community. The proposed legislation, which was introduced by the county’s three Republican council members on May 1, calls for the county to join a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More

State Officials Talk Hate Crimes, Hate Speech at Forum

In a passionate speech delivered to more than 150 people at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on May 17, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh warned that the state is not immune to hate crimes, whether aimed at Jews, Muslims, immigrants or other minorities. That’s why Frosh, a Democrat, said he has taken steps to reassure… Read More

Empowered! Five young politically involved women talk activism, challenges and public service

A few months ago, when Donald Trump pulled off his stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Mandee Heinl decided not to wallow in her disappointment but to take action. Heinl, 26, of Pikesville, has in recent weeks helped organize what she calls “huddles,” groups of about 25 women in various locations around… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

A SAFE Bet Elder abuse program at CHANA comes into its own

During the hottest part of the summer last year, John would go to work, leaving behind his wife, Jane, who was cognitively impaired due to dementia, in a home without a working air conditioner or fridge. The food had maggots in it. A cousin eventually reached out to CHANA, an agency of The Associated: Jewish… Read More

The Evolution of the Female Rabbi

In a new show coming to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts this month, actresses will share the struggles, joys, accomplishments and losses of Los Angeles’ pioneering female rabbis. Written by Rabbi Lynne A. Kern and Ronda Spinak, “Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed!” shares the voices of 18 female rabbis at different stages… Read More

Earned Sick Leave Passes Both Chambers in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would require Maryland businesses to provide sick leave to workers moved one step closer to becoming law after the state Senate approved the measure by a veto-proof margin. Under the Senate version of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which passed, 29-18, on Thursday, companies with more than 15 workers would be… Read More