Cardin, Stein Vow to Fight for Environment

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, addressing a spirited group of about 20 activists at Van Gough Cafe in Southeast Baltimore on Monday, says Jews have an innate responsibility to safeguard the environment. “It is absolutely central to our Jewish thinking about the world that we have a responsibility to protect and to honor that… Read More

Advocacy 101 Encourages Turning Passion Into Action

More than 75 people packed a room at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Oct. 17 to learn how to turn their activism into an effective political tool. Organized by the Baltimore Jewish Council, Jews United for Justice and Catholic Charities of Maryland, the Advocacy 101 event served as a sort-of political engagement… Read More

Kamenetz Announces Bid for Governor

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially announced his candidacy for Maryland governor on Monday in Towson, joining a crowded Democratic primary race. Kamenetz, 59, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he has the best chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan “and take back our state from the likes of [President] Donald Trump.”… Read More

Bobby Zirkin Exploring Ways to Curb Baltimore Violence

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin said the legislative committee he chairs plans to tackle Baltimore’s record level of violence with a multi-prong approach. “This is just the start of something that is exceptionally important,” Zirkin told the JT before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he chairs, held a hearing on the topic in Annapolis Tuesday…. Read More

Bobby Zirkin: Stevenson, Rosewood Sale Slated For Completion Wednesday

The long-awaited sale of a large swath of land at the former Rosewood Center in Owings Mills to Stevenson University is expected to occur at Wednesday’s Maryland Board of Public Works meeting, Sen. Bobby Zirkin told the JT. As part of the deal, which the JT first reported in April, the Baltimore County university will… 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

End-of-Life Bill Withdrawn in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients in Maryland to legally end their lives failed to garner enough support from state lawmakers to advance in the General Assembly. On March 3, Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Guy Guzzone (D-District 13), both from Howard County, pulled the Richard E. Israel and Roger… Read More