Local Officials Decry DACA Decision

In the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday to unwind an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation, City Councilman Zeke Cohen said he plans to continue to welcome undocumented immigrants and refugees to Baltimore. In a seven-minute video posted to Facebook, Cohen, a staunch supporter of immigrant rights who represents… Read More

Still Their Man Trump’s Jewish supporters in Baltimore remain loyal

Bill Fox will be the first to admit that President Donald Trump can be his own worst enemy, with scores of unforced errors and self-defeating comments that leave the door open for criticism. But Fox, 75, co-founder of the local Republican Jewish Coalition chapter, remains loyal to the president despite his shortcomings. Nearly two weeks… Read More

Towson Professor Chastises Former Student, White Nationalist Matthew Heimbach

The images of Matthew Heimbach in the center of the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month that ended in violence and death left Richard Vatz with a feeling of sadness — but not surprise. Heimbach, 26, clad in a black combat helmet with a body guard in tow, has become a fixture… Read More

Local Russian Jews on Russia in the News

Every day Russia makes the headlines. A recent sample from major news sites produced: “Putin orders reduction of 755 personnel at U.S. missions in Russia” (Baltimore Sun), “Pence takes tough tone on Russia after Putin retaliates against sanctions” (Washington Post), “Pence Delivers Tough Speech on ‘Unpredictable’ Russia” (Wall Street Journal). In light of all of… Read More

‘Call for Unity’ Rally Features Father of Fallen Soldier, Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier and immigrant who created media buzz when he condemned Donald Trump last year at the Democratic National Convention, spoke out for the rights of immigrants at Patriot Plaza in Towson on Wednesday. Khan, an American citizen born in Pakistan, delivered an impassioned 20-minute speech… Read More

Baltimore City Council Says ‘Yes’ to Paris Climate Pact

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously voted 14-0 to pass a resolution to support the international agreement. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Zeke Cohen (D-District 1), outlines a pledge from the city to fight “practices that disrupt shortsighted… Read More

Immigration Through A Jewish Lens Jewish community acts to protect immigrants facing an uncertain future

When Leonor Blum founded ¡Adelante Latina! four years ago, she never thought the after-school program would evolve into a safe haven for documented and undocumented immigrant students seeking refuge. But in many ways, Blum, 72, an Argentine Jew and professor emeritus at Notre Dame at Maryland University, said the program serves more than just its… Read More

The Great Divide Love him or hate him, Trump has put his presidency on the firing line

President Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office is all the confirmation Bernie Salganik needed to reinforce that he voted for the right candidate. Salganik said it initially took some time for him to get behind Trump. But Salganik, a registered Republican who refers to himself as an “independent,” said he was drawn to Trump… Read More

Muslim Ban Inspires Protests in Maryland

Protests erupted nationwide in the wake of an executive order from President Donald Trump that bars citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the admission of refugees for 120 days. Airports around the country, including Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, were… Read More