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

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

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

Students Converge On Annapolis for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day

Nearly 1,400 private school students descended on Annapolis on March 1 — ahead of state budget proceedings — to advocate for scholarship money for low-income students. The record-setting number of students turned out for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day, which was hosted by the Maryland Council for American Private Education (CAPE) and addressed by Gov. Larry… Read More

Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation Maryland's anti-BDS bill draws strong support, opposition

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up. Gonzalez, 28, of Baltimore, is an active community member and educator… Read More

Advocacy Day Amplifies Jewish Voices in Annapolis

Jonathan Allen and Avi Schneider normally plan their own lobbying trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. But on Tuesday night, the pair of University of Maryland, College Park, sophomores decided to shake things up and head to Annapolis. Allen, 19, and Schneider, 20, the president of and vice president, respectively, of Terps for Israel,… 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