When Passions Run High Sen. Ben Cardin’s anti-BDS bill spurs controversy, support

On a sweltering late July afternoon in Baltimore City, about 20 people vocally protested against a hotly debated bill — the Israel Anti-Boycott Act — which focuses on boycotts of Israel and its settlements. The demonstrators, most of whom were white, chanted “Viva, viva Palestina!” and “Free, free Palestine!” outside the Bank of America Financial… Read More

Gordon Center Gets Visual and Audio Upgrades

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills recently received a technology upgrade, including new sound and video systems, stage monitors and improved devices for audience members with visual or hearing loss. Baltimore-based HP Electronics installed the new speakers, designed to enhance the sound, not simply amplify it, while placing less strain on patrons’… Read More

Bobby Zirkin, Larry Hogan Praise Transfer of Rosewood Center to Stevenson University

During an appearance at Stevenson University on Thursday to celebrate the planned transfer of the state-owned former Rosewood Center to the sprawling school, Sen. Bobby Zirkin finally had the chance to exhale. Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents the Rosewood area in Owings Mills, had pushed state officials for nearly the last two decades to sell… Read More

A New Beginning With Rosewood acquisition, Stevenson plans expansion

On a recent spring day, the branches of overgrown trees stretch to a picture- perfect blue sky through weathered roofs that have crumbled or been scorched by flames from multiple fires. Scores of shattered panels on glass windows gape, and debris from the once stately stone-and-brick structures line the ground. “You will DIE JOHN,” reads… Read More

Board of Public Works Agrees to Sell Rosewood to Stevenson

Long-awaited plans to redevelop the Rosewood Center, a former state-owned psychiatric institution that operated until 2009, have started to take shape. State officials on Wednesday formally agreed to transfer 117 acres of the former Rosewood Center to Stevenson University in Owings Mills, a deal that has been in the works for nearly 17 years. The… Read More

Legislators Vow to Overturn Larry Hogan’s Paid Sick Leave Veto

Gov. Larry Hogan’s May 25 veto on legislation that would have required businesses with 15 or more employees to provide five days of paid sick and safe leave has stirred fierce emotions in the Jewish community. The Republican governor blasted the Democrat-controlled General Assembly for discarding his “common sense” bill that would have created tax… Read More

Behind The Scenes With Maryland Lawmakers Local Jewish legislators talk about what’s it like to live hybrid lives

In late April, Shelly Hettleman met with 10 individuals in an Owings Mills living room to talk with them about how they could become more involved in the political process. Hettleman, 52, a Democrat in the House of Delegates who represents Baltimore County’s District 11, offered a simple message to the group. “I told them… 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

I Vote on Substance, Not Party

I am writing in response to an ideological and personal attack that was printed in the Jewish Times on March 31 (“Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values”). First, it is important to consider the source. The writer of the mean-spirited and factually deficient editorial, Evan Serpick, is director of strategic communications for the Open Society… Read More

Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values

I was a freshman at Pikesville High School when Bobby Zirkin was a senior and president of the Student Government Association — an early indicator of his political inclinations. A week before the year-end Spirit Week festivities, I was working with a classmate on a banner to represent our class when we got word that… Read More