Del. Shane Pendergrass (center) and Sen. Ronald Young (left) are the sponsors of the End-of-Life Option Act. (Marc Shapiro)

Legislators, Advocates Rally for End-of-Life Option Act Revised bill increases protection from coercion, includes data collection

Legislators and advocates kicked off this year’s push for the End-of-Life Option Act on Thursday, Jan. 28 ahead of the introduction of Senate and House bills. The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), would allow terminally ill individuals… Read More

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A Clear Message

Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are over, making the 2016 presidential election one for the history books well before its conclusion. For the above three candidates, the quadrennial Hawkeye State ritual was truly historic, as each one in his own way defied the predictions of the political prognosticators of both the… Read More

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed 150 people on Jan. 25 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines in Waukee, Iowa. Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are close in the Iowa polls, with the caucus on Feb. 1. (Mike Theiler/UPI)

A Political Mishegas Iowa Jews experience the spirit of the political season

With the Iowa caucuses less than one week away, the 2016 presidential candidates are making their final rounds throughout the state, and the more than 6,000 Jews who live there are taking notice. About 150 were on hand at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines Monday to hear former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham… Read More

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It’s the Jewish Thing to Do

As I’m writing this, my family is running around the three floors of a house that is not ours. We traveled up I-95 before the dreaded Snowzilla hit in advance of last weekend to attend a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah on Sunday. The blizzard made sure that the party was pushed off, and here we… Read More

The fourth-grade class that won BGE’s “Wires Down” contest poses for a photo with a check for $10,000. (photo by Justin Katz)

‘Wires Down,’ Heads Held High Krieger Schechter wins BGE video contest

Students at Krieger Schechter Day School were treated to a surprise at the end of a Jan. 14 school assembly, when Baltimore Gas and Electric COO and president Stephen Woerner announced that the school’s fourth-grade class won the company’s “Wires Down” video contest. “The ‘Wires down’ video contest is all about reintroducing a very effective… Read More

The new addition at Gilchrist will be a place for families to gather, outfitted with a variety of familiar Jewish symbols.(Renderings provided)

A $6.8 Million Campaign for Gilchrist, The Associated Funds will go toward new wing, Jewish community resources

Gilchrist Hospice Care has partnered with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore on a fundraising campaign to expand hospice programs and resources in the Jewish community. The $6.8 million fundraising  campaign will allow for renovations and a 2,400-square-foot addition at Gilchrist Center Towson, an endowment to help Gilchrist engage the Jewish community and funds… Read More

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Duty Calls Responsibility drives unimpressed New Hampshire Jewish voters

Less than thrilled is how some New Hampshire Jewish voters describe their feelings toward the presidential candidates vying for votes in the Granite State. Despite the lackluster enthusiasm for this year’s candidates, the Jews of New Hampshire will do their duty and head to the polls on Feb. 9. “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat,” said… Read More

The Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. (Henry H. Lewis Contractors, LLC via Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School)

Day School Groups Plan Merger New national organization to speak for 375 day schools

Regional day school heads are expressing support for a merger announced last week of five North American Jewish day school organizations. Those groups represent more than 375 schools from across the denominational spectrum. “It’s very exciting news for the  entire day school field,” said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, head of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School,… Read More

A property on the 8400 block of Stevenson Road has been the subject of contentious debate, as a rabbi proposes to build a synagogue many neighbors oppose. (Marc Shapiro)

Split Decision in Stevenson Chabad Case Court order ruled that proposed synagogue meets some requirements, possibly violates others

The case concerning whether a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation can build a synagogue on Stevenson Road will be heard before the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. Attorneys for both the neighborhood opposition and the congregation appealed the opinion and order rendered by Administrative Law Judge John Beverungen on Jan. 12. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky aims to build a… Read More