An MIDC Milestone Nonprofit commemorates 25 years of Maryland-Israel business prosperity

Marvin Schapiro understood that the Baltimore Jewish community could help build a strong and vibrant Jewish state by helping its economy grow. Unprecedented high hopes took hold for Schapiro, a Baltimore native who died at the age of 82 in 2002, when, in the mid-1980s, he decided to invest in an Israeli company that made… 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

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

Maryland Legislators Tackle Paid Sick Leave

Jeffrey Rubin counts himself among the fortunate who have benefited from paid and family sick leave. As a doctor at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, he was afforded those benefits at a time he was caring for his sick father. Rubin, 64, of Potomac, used that time to find his father a well-qualified… Read More

Legislators Eye Big Issues This Session

Local Jewish lawmakers are pushing to keep the Preakness in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, make community college free to students across the state and ban fracking, among other issues, in this year’s legislative session. These items ranked high on the list of priorities for those individuals in advance of the Maryland General Assembly gathering… Read More

Hogan Boosts Nonpublic School Funding

When Baltimore Jewish Council board members voted in 2009 to support legislation that would help students and their families pay for nonpublic school tuition, they realized there was a growing need for financial aid in their community. “In [Jewish] day schools, they have a reputation of finding a way to accommodate every kid, even if… Read More

Kamenetz Elected MACo President

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will become the longest-serving member of the Maryland Association of Counties when he assumes the association’s presidency next year. Kamenetz, a Democrat, was elected president during MACo’s winter conference in Cambridge on Dec. 8 after serving as second vice president in 2016. He will succeed Washington County commissioner John Barr…. Read More

Hogan to Double Nonpublic School Scholarship Program Governor makes announcement at Bais Yaakov

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the state is doubling down on a program that helps students pay for nonpublic school tuition during a visit to Bais Yaakov School for Girls. The state-funded program, Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST), would gradually see its funding increase from $5 million to $10 million by 2020 under… Read More

New Howard County Sheriff Appointed

Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 10 announced the appointment of William McMahon to replace Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald, whose alleged anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic remarks and threatening behavior were detailed in a September report. McMahon, 54, a Republican, most recently served as the acting executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions… Read More

Inauguration Celebration Hogan sworn in, promises bipartisanship

The hundreds of Marylanders who braved cold temperatures and heavy snow on Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of the second Republican governor in more than four decades were treated to a snapshot of the new governor’s plan for the next four years. “Today is the beginning of a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation in Annapolis,”… Read More